2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Madagascar vs Tunisia Betting Preview and Pick

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Madagascar are surely the biggest surprise at the Africa Cup of Nations, and given this is their debut at AFCON, advancing to the quarter-finals is a massive achievement. On the other hand, Tunisia made it to the quarter-finals after a penalty shootout against Ghana, and just like Madagascar, they are still unbeaten at this tournament. The better team from this tilt will meet Senegal in the semi-finals.

Madagascar vs Tunisia

•    Africa Cup of Nations

•    Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, Egypt

•    Thursday 11 July

•    21:00 CET

Madagascar Team News and Latest Form

Madagascar haven’t lost any of their first four games of the tournament. Still, the Barea are underdogs in this encounter, with an average possession rate of just 43.5% so far this AFCON, but that didn’t bother them considering they came this far.

Madagascar scored at least twice in three of their AFCON finals games to date. That is an unsurprising statistic, given that almost half (seven) of their shots on target (16) have been converted into goals.

Andria has been the standout individual for Madagascar so far, with two goals and an assist – all of which came in the opening 15 minutes in the second half. Over half (five) of Madagascar’s previous nine games have featured minimum four goals. With seven goals scored in four matches, Madagascar have the second-best offensive record in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Tunisia Team News and Latest Form

Tunisia kept a first-half clean sheet in all of their previous nine games, and are currently enjoying a seven-match unbeaten streak on the back of four consecutive draws. The Eagles of Carthage have qualified for their third-straight AFCON quarter-finals. Still, they have lost their previous two AFCON quarters while allowing exactly two goals in both matches.

Rami Bedoui scored an own-goal in injury time against Ghana in the 1/8 finals and cancelled out Tunisia’s 1-0 lead. The game went to extra-time, and Ghana were a better team but Tunisia defended well and won the penalty shootout. It was a great decision by head coach Alain Giresse who substituted starting goalkeeper Mouez Hassen with Ben Mustapha in the last minute of extra-time.

Naim Sliti was Tunisia’s top scorer in AFCON qualifiers and has scored each of his previous four international goals in the second 45 minutes. Tunisia have allowed each of their last five AFCON finals goals in the final 30 minutes of play.

Madagascar vs Tunisia Head to Head

Tunisia have won without conceding in each of their two last H2H duels with Madagascar. Both games provided under 2.5 total goals, as have each of Tunisia’s last five matches in the AFCON finals.

Madagascar vs Tunisia Betting Tip

Tunisia are the favorites at 2.00 (+100) odds, and even though Madagascar impressed thus far, our Madagascar vs Tunisia Africa Cup of Nations 2019 betting tip is Tunisia to get a victory. The Eagles of Carthage are still looking for their first regular time win at this AFCON, and they could get one here. They are the more experienced team and are a tactically better side, so it would be surprising to see Madagascar defeating them. In case you have second thoughts about backing Tunisia to win in regulation, you can go with them to qualify at 1.40 (-250).

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