Nabil Malooul. The 55-year-old was appointed following their elimination from the African Cup of Nations and he helped steer them to Russia with minimum fuss.

This is his second spell in charge of Tunisia following an ill-fated stint in 2013 which saw him struggle to stamp his authority on the team.

He'd previously been in charge of Kuwait where he managed to take them to the second round of 2018 World Cup qualification.


Method Of Qualification

They were drawn in Group A alongside Congo DR, Libya and Guinea and collected 14 points from six games.


They won four of six matches, ending with a goal difference of +7. They were encouraged to attack under Maaloul and they netted 11 times in total with four of those arriving during a thumping success in Guinea.

They went into their final game at home to Libya knowing that a draw would be enough. The game ended goalless.


Star Player Of Qualifying

Youssef Msakni is a hugely talented midfielder and is vital to Tunisia's style of play. Most of their attacking play goes through the 27-year-old who plays his club football for Al Duhail, and he always appears to want the ball at his feet.

He netted a hat-trick against Guinea in October 2017 as Tunisia ran riot against their Group A opponents.


Most Memorable World Cup Moment

Tunisia haven't had a huge amount of success at this tournament but fans will fondly remember their first and only World Cup victory, which arrived in 1978 against Mexico.

A narrow defeat to West Germany and a goalless draw against Poland meant they agonisingly missed out on progressing to the next round but the small band of travelling fans enjoyed every moment of their comeback success in Rosario.

They qualified for three consecutive tournaments between 1998 and 2006 but failed to register a win in any of those.


Predicted Finish

Tunisia have been dealt a relatively difficult draw in Group F with European duo Belgium and England likely to dominate. However, the North African outfit can give those two sides a few problems and could prove dangerous going forward.

They may just fall short of qualifying for the knock-out stage but should be able to add to their sole tournament victory along the way.


Recommended Bet

Tunisia's best chance of claiming just their second ever World Cup win is likely to come against Panama. They are priced at 13/10 to beat the first time participants and that looks an enticing price.


*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*

About the Author

The 888sport blog, based at 888 Towers in the heart of London, employs an army of betting and tipping experts for your daily punting pleasure, as well as an irreverent, and occasionally opinionated, look at the absolute madness that is the world of sport.