Both teams ended the group stage without a defeat, and while the Black Stars recorded one victory, the Eagles of Carthage drew all three matches to make it to the 1/8 finals. There is no favorite in this clash, and it could go either way so that we can expect an interesting encounter. The winner of this meetings will face pleasant surprise Madagascar in the quarter-finals.
Ghana vs Tunisia
• Africa Cup of Nations
• Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia, Egypt
• Monday 8 July
• 21:00 CET
Ghana Team News and Latest Form
Ghana lost only one of their previous ten competitive matches (W5, D4, L1) while scoring at least two goals on five occasions. All in all, the Black Stars are in great defensive form, keeping their net intact in over half (six) of those games.
Allowing an average of just 0.5 goals per match in that span, four-time AFCON champions Ghana scored the first goal in each of the five victories across that period. Still, the fact that they have failed to hit the net in three of their previous five AFCON tournament matches is a concern for manager Kwesi Appiah.
Forward Jordan Ayew scored two of his nation’s four tournament goals – both in the five minutes before and after the halftime. Seven of Ghana’s last eight matches produced under 2.5 total goals. Five of Ghana’s previous six victories in the AFCON finals have been to nil.
Tunisia Team News and Latest Form
Currently enjoying a six-match streak without a loss (W3, D3), Tunisia have qualified for the AFCON 1/8 finals despite drawing all three of their group games. They have not allowed in the opening 45 minutes in any of their last eight matches while have scored exactly two goals in the first half in three of their last four AFCON qualifier wins.
However, Tunisia’s H2H results will not inspire confidence in their fans, with the Eagles of Carthage losing each of the previous six AFCON encounters. One positive sign is that Tunisia never lost a round of 16 match at AFCON finals.
Naïm Sliti, Tunisia’s top scorer during the AFCON qualifiers, scored each of his last four international goals in the second 45 minutes. Both sides have scored in five of Tunisia’s previous six AFCON finals wins.
Ghana vs Tunisia Head to Head
These rivals have faced ten times since 1963, and the Black Stars are leading the all-time H2H meetings with seven victories; Tunisia have one while two games ended as draws. They didn’t play in the last five years, though, as the latest duel came in 2013 when Ghana got a 4-2 win in a friendly. The last time they met in the AFCON knockout phase, in 2012, Ghana won thanks to an extra-time goal from Andre Ayew, who will probably start here alongside his brother, Jordan.
Ghana vs Tunisia Betting Tip
I cannot separate these sides right now, so I am not very interested to bet on a full-time result here. However, I am leaning toward a draw at 2.95 (+195). My additional pick would be Ghana to qualify at 1.73, so in case we have a draw in the regular 90 minutes, we can still have a chance to win both bets.