Big Game Focus: Madagascar v Tunisia

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Madagascar’s strength of character will be severely tested when they meet Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-final. Tunisia eliminated household name Ghana in the Round of 16 despite not winning any match in open play. Can the Carthage Eagles break the hearts of the debutants or will Madagascar continue with their fairytale tournament? Here’s the Big Game Focus with some betting tips. Bet on AFCON. 

Can Madagascar’s incredible run at the Africa Cup of Nations continue? Madagascar weren’t backed to go past the group stages in this tournament, despite being the first team to qualify. They were in a tough Group B, but so far they’ve managed to punch above their weight in Egypt. With their consistent performances, the Malagasy are making waves on the continent.  With the likes of Algeria, Ivory Coast and Senegal in the tournament, the Barea have been the sie to watch. How far can they go? 

Tunisia went through the last 16 on penalties, edging out a Ghana side who have been perennial contenders in this competition. The Black Stars had made every semi-final since 2008, so Tunisia pulled off a huge result there. However, now they have to step up their game when they face an unpredictable but dangerous Madagascar side. Progressing to the semis will be a good step given their disappointing World Cup tournament last year. 

Betting preview

Tunisia are yet to win a match in this tournament but have been very solid. Their win over Ghana was splendid. They’re unbeaten in their last seven matches. And have beaten Madagascar in their last two meetings. Madagascar are unbeaten in this competition. Tunisia, however, have the pedigree and experience in such a stage. Therefore, you can back a Draw at odds of 2.78. 

Tunisia have kept just one clean sheet in the tournament while Madagascar have kept two in the four matches they’ve played. Madagascar have found the net in all their matches in the competition. The Carthage Eagles have failed to score in just one of their matches. Therefore, you can back Both Teams to Score at odds of 2.40. 

Goals in two of Tunisia’s last four matches were scored in the second half. Of the seven goals scored by Madagascar in the tournament, five were scored in the second half. Therefore, you can back Therefore, you can back Second Half with Most Goals at odds of 2.27. 

Team news

Marco Ilaimaharitra is set to return to the Madagascar side ahead of this clash. 

Tunisia are at full strength for this tie, but they have to work on how to reinstate talisman Wahbi Khazri in the starting eleven. 

Possible line-up

Madagascar: Adrien, Metanire, Razakanantenain, Fontaine, Mombris, Amada, Andrianantenaina, Ilaimaharitra, Andriamahitsinoro, Andriatsima, Nomenjanahary

Tunisia: Hassen, Kechrida, Bronn, Meriah, Haddadi, Skhiri, Chaalali, Sassi, Msakni, Khazri, Khenissi