African Cup of Nations / Ghana vs Tunisia – The last round of 16 match of the African Cup of Nations is duel between two teams who remained undefeated in the group phase. Ghana won one and drew two matches, which was enough for the first place in the Group F. Tunisia drew three times and ended up at the second place in the Group E. The two teams met the last time in 2013 and then Ghana won by 4-2.
Game Ghana vs Tunisia begins 08.07.2019 at 21:00 CET
Ghana didn’t have an easy time in the group phase although they were regarded as favourites pass it alongside the title defender Cameroon. When they drew in the first round with Benin 2-2 it could be seen that will have problems. In the second round they played the derby of the Group F and they have imperative to not lose. Thanks to caution approach they drew again, and this time no goal was scored. Stopper Boye didn’t play as he was sent off at the beginning of second half of mach with Benin. Mensah coverd his position, while Baba played at the left flank.
Agyepong got injured too and they had to face Cameroon with weakened team. In the third round Ghana had even more problems when it faced Guinea-Bissau as Adams couldn’t play due to accrued yellow cards, while Atsua had new problem with injury. Despite all this Ghana won 2-0 and in that way qualified for the quarter-finals. Adams is back at stopper position now, but two injured players will not be able to help his team in this match.
Probable lineups Ghane: R. Ofori – Yiadom, Boye, Adams, Baba – Thomas, Wakaso, Asamoah, Owusu – A. Ayew, J. Ayew
Tunisia is one of potential candidates to win title of continental champion but in the group phase they didn’t show that are ready for something like that. They never lost, however, they won no one too and it can be said that they owe to their fans. It all started with draw with Angola. Tunisia had a lead in that match for a long time but they didn’t keep the advantage and the result read at the end 1-1. In the second round against Mali situation developed in a bit different way; they were the first to receive a goal but they managed to equalise and in the end the result was the same.
In the third round Tunisia was supposed to play the easiest match as they faced Mauritania and were regarded as great favourites to win, however, they failed to score and the match ended as goalless draw. The team wasn’t the same in any of three matches of the group phase and manager Giresse had always made changes, the least in the defence and it can be said that this part of the team played better than others, while Tunisia’s forwards have disappointed. Giresse even replaced the goalkeeper and now Hassen is his first choice. Now. Khenissi could return in the attack, who was starter also against Mali.
Probable lineups Tunisia: Hassen – Kechrida, Bronn, Meriah, Haddadi – Aouadhi, Skhiri, Sliti, Msakni – Khazri, Khenissi
Betting Pick: Ghana VS Tunisia
Ghana and Tunisia are of similar quality but nevertheless we give advantage to Ghana. They showed more in the group phase although they didn’t exactly excelled. On the other hand Tunisia struggled and it is not likely that will win for the first time right against the strongest rival so far.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Ghana
Odds: 1.62 at 888sport (down to 1.56 can be played)
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