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Msakni could highlight unpredictable affair

Msakni could highlight unpredictable affair

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After the heartache of missing out on a place in Friday’s final, Tunisia face Nigeria on Wednesday for the honour of finishing third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Eagles of Carthage, the 2004 champions, went down to Senegal in the last four courtesy of an own goal in extra-time, and there was similar drama in the other semi-final as the Nigerians, themselves three-time winners, lost out to Riyad Mahrez’s 95th-minute free-kick for Algeria.

Bronze medal matches can often be underwhelming but there looks to be some decent value for those ready to comb the odds for something different.

Draw @ 2/1

It sounds pessimistic but this is the match no-one wants to play in and that could lead to a lethargic affair.

The last five meetings between these two have ended in draws, whether that be after either 90 or 120 minutes, with the pair having a penalty shoot-out win each. Another draw could be the answer for those seeking a full-time result tip.

Msakni – anytime goalscorer @ 33/10

One man who likes the big stage is Tunisia’s Youssef Msakni and, having scored twice in this tournament, he will be gunning for more success in Cairo.

Msakni was primed to star for Tunisia at last year’s World Cup, only for a serious knee injury to wreck his hopes of participation.

The 28-year-old is currently on loan at Belgian side Eupen from Qatari outfit Al-Duhail and there is a feeling he could be doing better, having previously been linked with the Premier League and Ligue 1.

Curiously, both of his efforts in the tournament have come in the middle third of matches and punters can get 7/4 for a goal between 31 minutes and half-time, while 7/4 is also the price for a strike from the start of the second half up until the hour.

Both teams to score @ 1/1

With that in mind, both to score looks a decent move, especially when you consider that both Alain Giresse and Gernot Rohr are expected to make changes.

Rustiness at the back and a lack of concentration – due to the frustration of only playing for third place – means chances are likely at both ends.

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Jack Ogalbe Jack has been a sports betting writer for over a decade and has an excellent strike rate with his suggestions. A semi-professional footballer, runner and cyclist, his sports knowledge is second to none and he knows all the stats and facts you need when considering a punt.

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