Tunisia – Nigeria free football prediction
If taking only regulation time into account, Tunisia’s semi-final defeat to Senegal in extra time was their fifth draw in six matches. It was also the Eagles of Carthage’s third match in four to see at least one team fail to score, with five of the six total goals scored across their last three matches arriving in the 60th minute or later.
With none of Tunisia’s last seven matches producing a first-half goal from open play, fans in attendance may need to wait for goals. However, this is contradicted somewhat by the fact that three of Nigeria’s last four matches have seen a goal either way inside the opening half-hour.
Even though their recent matches have had entertaining starts, Nigeria’s last three matches have seen exactly two match goals (either way) in the second half. In turn, six of the last eight goals scored by either team in games involving Nigeria have arrived beyond the hour mark.
These sides have played each other three times in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals since the year 2000. Each of the last two H2H meetings in this competition have been settled by means of a penalty shootout, with each team prevailing once apiece.
Players to watch: Tunisia’s Youssef Msakni has scored twice this tournament. Both goals have come in the middle ‘third’ of matches (31st-60th minute), with one from the penalty spot.
Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo equalised from the spot in his last match, and subsequently, his last two goals have arrived between the 61st-75th minute.
Stat attack: The last six AFCON tournament goals that Tunisia have conceded arrived on the hour mark or beyond.
Nigeria’s last three matches have each seen the side scoring first on the day concede an equaliser via the match’s very next goal.
Each of the last three H2Hs have ended in stalemate after a level half-time scoreline.