Senegal and Tunisia battle it out for a place in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations. The Lions of Teranga edged out Benin courtesy of a late Idrissa Gana Gueye to reach the final four while their opponents advanced in comfortable fashion, beating surprise package Madagascar 3-0.
Where and when: 30 June Stadium, Cairo – 14 July, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Senegal vs. Tunisia: Eurosport
Last time: The nations faced off in 2017 with Senegal coming out on top thanks to efforts from Sadio Mane and Kara Mbodji.
|Senegal to keep a clean sheet||13/10||Offer|
|Keita Balde to score anytime||3/1||Offer|
|Under 0.5 goals||6/1||Offer|
Senegal v Tunisia Predictions and Preview
Senegal’s route to the semi-finals has been built on a near impenetrable backline. The Lions of Teranga have only conceded one goal from their five matches played with Kalidou Koulibaly a rock at the heart of defence.
The Napoli hero has developed in to one of the finest centre-halves in world football and it is easy to see why the likes of Real Madrid, both Manchester clubs and Barcelona have chased his services. Koulibaly appears set to stay at San Paolo for at least one more season and will hope to return with some international silverware this summer.
At the other end of the pitch is Liverpool ace Mane. The talismanic skipper has four goal involvements to his name and is his side’s dangerman. The attacker is 7/2 to open the scoring and broke the deadlock on a number of occasions for his club side, setting the tone for a significant amount of victories for the Reds.
First choice striker Mbaye Niang is likely to get the nod again but his place is coming under threat from Mbaye Diagne. The former Milan forward is 9/2 to open proceedings and register his fifth goal for his country. Senegal are 6/5 to win in 90 minutes and 8/15 to advance outright.
Opponents Tunisia drew their three opening games, before squeezing through against Ghana on penalties in the Round of 16. The Eagles go in to this huge encounter as outsiders but have a settled team and will believe they can pull off a shock. Tunisia are 3/1 to emerge victorious in regulation time and 11/8 to ultimately clinch a final place.
One to watch for Senegal: Moussa Konaté averages better than a goal every three appearances for the favourites and could prove effective in the closing stages. The Amiens frontman is 4/2 to net anytime normal time.
One to watch for Tunisia: Eagles captain Youssef Msakni has led from the front, bagging two efforts from a wide forward role and his display will be crucial to Tunisia’s hopes of progressing. Msakni is 4/1 in the same anytime scorer market.
Long shot: Senegal have been consistently good through the tournament, but Tunisia will be quietly confident, and saved their best performance to date in the previous round. If the Eagles can get the first effort, the clash will go on a knife-edge but all signs point to a Lions of Teranga success. A 3-1 Senegal victory is 22/1.