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Tunisia vs Nigeria - Open contest to provide goals for both teams

Tunisia and Nigeria set to see third place playoff go to extra time
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Tunisia vs Nigeria clash tipped to produce BTTS in AFCON 2019 third place match (Getty Images)

Tunisia vs Nigeria Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


BTTS is the tip when Tunisia face Nigeria at the Al Salam Stadium in the third place match at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Wednesday’s clash is expected to be an open contest and I am backing both teams to score at odds of 2.00 while a draw is also predicted at 3.00.

Tunisia Form & Team News


Tunisia took their semi final clash into extra time before suffering a 1-0 defeat to Senegal. The North Africans will consider themselves unlucky as they failed to make their 14 efforts on goal count before Dylan Bronn’s unfortunate own goal saw them suffer defeat.

The Tunisians remain unbeaten in Egypt, although they have been held to five draws in regulation time in six matches. Alain Giresse’s men are valued at odds of 2.90 for a win on Wednesday but having kept just one clean sheet in the competition, they are likely to concede against Nigeria.

The manager is likely to make changes to his team in a bid to give the some of the fringe players a run out. Wahbi Khazri and Taha Yassine Khenissi could be given a rest with Anice Badri and Naim Sliti set to feature from the start.

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Tunisia are unbeaten in regulation time in their last six matches at the 2019 AFCON (Getty Images)

Nigeria Form & Team News


Nigeria were also beaten in the semi as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Algeria. They fell behind in the first half after William Troost-Ekong put through his own net and despite grabbing an equaliser through Odion Ighalo, went on to concede the winner on the stroke of 90 minutes.

Gernot Rohr’s men head into Wednesday’s clash with four wins from their last six matches which has them at 2.60 to secure the victory. I have, however, gone for BTTS here as the Super Eagles have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four matches.

Nigeria are also expected to make changes to their team, although Odion Ighalo could retain his place in attack as he looks to add to his four goals in the race for the golden boot. Henry Onyekuru could also be handed a start after coming off the bench against Algeria.

Tunisia vs Nigeria Head to Head


Nigeria have just one win in six previous matches against Tunisia with both teams playing out five draws. Five of the last six fixtures have produced BTTS, including a 1-1 draw during the 2016 African Nations Championship.

Tunisia vs Nigeria Match Up


Youssef Msakni has arguably been Tunisia's best player in Egypt and the forward is often the outlet for the team on the left. With support from Anice Badri and Naim Sliti, the Tunisians should have enough quality to get the better of the Nigerian defence.

Nigeria will look to Odion Ighalo for goals on Wednesday with the striker attempting to finish as top scorer. He has four goals in the competition and is expected to trouble the Tunisian backline.

Odion Ighalo
Nigeria forward Odion Ighalo is the top scorer at AFCON 2019 with four goals and should be a key man for the Super Eagles (Getty Images)

Tunisia vs Nigeria Key Statistics 


  • Tunisia & Nigeria have seen BTTS in 5 of their last 6 meetings (all competitions).
  • Tunisia are unbeaten in their last 6 matches (AFCON).
  • Nigeria are unbeaten in 4 of their last 6 matches (AFCON).

Verdict


Matches involving Tunisia and Nigeria are usually closely fought with both teams often getting on the score sheet. I am tipping BTTS here at odds of 2.00 with a draw also predicted at 3.00.

Best Bet: BTTS Yes @ 2.00 at bet365 – 3 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.00 at bet365 – 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw @ 5.50 at bet365 – 1 Unit

Verdict

Matches involving Tunisia and Nigeria are usually closely fought with both teams often getting on the score sheet. I am tipping BTTS here at odds of 2.00 with a draw also predicted at 3.00.
Best Bet: BTTS Yes @2.00 at bet365 - 5 Units
Value Bet: Draw @3.00 at bet365 - 5 Units

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