Tunisia vs Senegal
African Cup of Nation 2017 – Group B
Date: Sunday 15th, January 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CAT/19:00 UK
Venue: Stade de Franceville.
The 2004 AFCON champions Tunisia host Africa No 1 team Senegal in what will be the biggest showdown of Match day 1 of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Tunisia is making their 12th consecutive AFCON appearance, and 18th appearance in total. The Carthage eagles have failed to exceed the Quarter final stage since they won and hosted the 2004 edition of the championship. Tunisia is recently ranked 3rd, and have experienced steady growth on the ranking in past 6 months. Tunisia lost once in the qualification phase of the tournament, but did enough to top the group ahead of Togo, Liberia, and Djibouti.
Senegal sits top of CAF recent country ranking, the Teranga lions produced great result during the qualification phase by winning all their 6 games in Group K. The Aliou Cisse tutored side will be going to this competition with some recognized Africa talents, and we be gunning for their 1st Africa glory in their 14th AFCON appearance in Gabon. Senegal failed to go pass the group stage in the last edition in equatorial, and was only able to make the final once in their last 13 AFCON appearance (i.e. 2002 edition in Mali)
Tunisia: Predicted Line-Up (4-4-2)
Mathlouthi: Youssef, Dhaouadi, Maaloul, Nagguez: Khaziri, Sassi, Amor, Abdennour: Yassine Khenissi, Khelifa.
Senegal: Predicted Line-Up (4-3-3)
Diallo: Ciss, Koulibaly, Mbodji, Gassama: Gueye, Kouyate, Mane: Konate, Diame, Saivet.
Tunisia Vs Senegal: Head to Head Statistics
Both side last met during the qualification stage of the 2015 edition, the cartage eagles won 1-0 over two legs. Moreover, Senegal as failed to win in any competitive clash with Tunisia in the 21st century.
In addition, both sides will be hosting meeting for at the AFCON for the first time since the 2002 edition in Mali; Tunisia and Mali played a goalless when they met for the last game of the group stage in Mali 2002.
Tunisia vs Senegal: Prediction
This two teams are in the top 3 of CAF recent ranking, a factor that makes me tag it the biggest game of Match day 1 in the 31st edition of Africa cup of nation. Senegal were involve d in decent pre-tournament warm up; as they played and won Congo & Libya in a 3 days interval international friendly. Tunisia also engaged themselves in pre-tournament warm-up, as they played 2 quick and top friendlies in January.
Therefore, this promises to produce an electrifying action packed atmosphere. I predict both sharing points at full time.
Tunisia vs Senegal: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score at 2.10 (11/10)
Draw at Full-Time at 3.10 (21/10).