Tunisia vs Mali
Africa Cup of Nations
Date: Friday, 28 June 2019
Kick off at 15:30 UK / 16:30 CET
Venue: Suez Stadium (Suez).
Tunisia were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw in their opening fixture, against Angola, at the same venue where they will be taking on Mali this Friday.
Alain Giresse’s men started the first half strongly and were a constant threat in the Angolan defensive third. Their efforts soon bore fruit in the 33th minute when Paizo’s rash tackle inside his own penalty area left the referee with no other resort but to blow his whistle and point to the spot.
Youssef Msakni stepped up and fired his side into the lead despite Tony guessing the right direction and getting a touch on it. With the deadlock broken, the squad looked favourites to finish the game with their advantage intact.
However, following the restart Angola kept pressurizing the Tunisians with dangerous runs down the flanks and finally grabbed the equalizer through Djalma Campos who was swift to react after Farouk Ben Mustapha failed to hold on to the ball following an initial save.
Mali cruised past their opening opponents Mauritania after finding the back of the net on four occasions in the ninety minutes while their counterparts managed to grab just one. Out of their nineteen attempts at goal, they managed to get nine of those shots on target and finished the game with 53% of ball possession.
The squad are now at the helm of the group with three points while Giresse’s side are closing in on them, trailing by two points.
Tunisia vs Mali Head to head (h2h)
- The squads have met each other on four occasions.
- Their last encounter ended 2-1 in favour of Mali.
- Mali have three wins to their name while Tunisia have just one.
- Tunisia have never recorded a clean sheet against Mali.
Tunisia vs Mali Prediction
The clash between the two teams is likely to see Tunisia come out on top with the win along with the three points under their belt.
Although they failed to taste success in their opening match, the squad are likely to bounce back stronger when they take on Mohamed Magassouba’s side.
Alain Giresse’s men are without a loss in their last four matches. On the other hand, their counterpart’s opening fixture victory is their only win in their last four games. The Tunisians are a tough test for the latter, and a win against them will not be coming easy.
Considering that both of the teams found the back of the net in their previous ties, we can certainly bet on them getting their names on the score sheets when they face each other on Friday.
Tunisia vs Mali Betting tips
Mali to lose @ 2.30.
Both teams to score @ 2.20