Tunisia vs Mali, Friday’s match for the Africa Cup of Nations, Group E, at the Suez Stadium located in Suez, Egypt.
Tunisia and Mali are the two countries that should lead the way in Group E. They have already made big starts in the Africa Cup of Nations campaign, but which can be a crucial match, since a defeat can pressure their accounts in the passage to the next round.
Tunisia has drawn 1-1 with Angola in the last game but still have to secure a place in the next round. However, a loss here can be a big blow. Not only would it leave Tunisia with a single point, but it would also see Mali qualify without needing to be interested in the last match. They would then be free to rest the players in the final clash against an Angolan team that is now eyeing the second place.
Mali is on their way to the next round after a 4-1 victory over Mauritania. They are a team that has undergone their group stage departures over the years. However, they remain one of Africa’s most prestigious soccer teams.
They have not lost a tournament since 2006, and have been qualified nine times since 2002 – going to the semi-finals four times in this period. The bronze medalists of 2013 are already enjoying their finest AFCON since that tournament in South Africa after only one game.
Tunisia is traditionally a solid side, but losing to Angola may worry them. After all, they are finding a team from Mali that is very offensive talented. The Eagles are in high confidence after scoring four goals in the final game while finding the net in five of their six games in the playoffs.
Mali plays openly, with their last four clashes to see the two teams knock at the bottom of the net. There have been 10 goals shared between the last two in the last three games, while I expect another showdown with a few goals. Eight of the last 10 Tunisia games in this tournament had goals scored by both teams, as well as nine of the last 11 of Mali.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals.