Tunisia and Nigeria meet on Wednesday evening in the third-place playoff in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Both sides were defeated in dramatic circumstances in the semi-finals, with Tunisia losing out in extra-time to Senegal and the Super Eagles beaten by a 95th-minute winner from Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez.
bet365 make Nigeria the favourites offering Gernot Ruhr’s side at 29/20 (2.45) to win in 90 minutes and at 4/5 (1.80) to finish third. The Eagles of Carthage, for their part, can be backed at 2/1 (3.00) to win without extra-time and at 19/20 (1.95) to finish third.
Both coaches could make changes and opt to give some experience to younger members of the squad. Tunisia could give the first minutes of the competition to teenage midfielder Marc Lamti, who is on the books of Bayer Leverkusen.
Tunisia are unbeaten in 90 minutes so far during the tournament, having secured five draws and a win in normal time before exiting the competition against Senegal.
They may have lacked a bit of flair at times but the north Africans have been extremely well organised and could well prove frustrating opponents for Nigeria once more.
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Nigeria, meanwhile, lacked creativity against Algeria and their only goal came from the penalty spot. Defensively, too, Ruhr’s men have failed to convince, having conceded in their last four matches.
Tunisia may have had to play a sapping extra 30 minutes in their semi-final but if they can find the energy for one last push, there could well be some value in backing them to make life tough for the three-time African champions.
Tips and predictions
Tunisia are available at 11/10 (2.10) in the Draw No Bet market. This selection returns a healthy profit if Alain Giresse’s side win, while our stake is refunded in full if the game ends as a draw in 90 minutes.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.