Senegal will be looking to move one step closer to winning their first ever AFCON trophy when they face Tunisia at 30 June Air Defence Stadium on Sunday evening. The Lions of Teranga will not have a better chance than this to go all the way at the showpiece tournament, but Sadio Mane and Co. can’t afford any complacency in the semis as the Eagles of Carthage seem to be on top of their game at the moment. In their last meeting at the Africa Cup of Nations Senegal emerged triumphant, meaning that Tunisia are hungry for revenge.
All eyes on Sadio Mane
After failing to impress in a 1-0 loss to Algeria on his return from suspension, Sadio Mane has been producing fine performances at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations ever since. The Liverpool superstar has already netted three goals at the tournament in Egypt, helping Senegal book their place in the semi-finals. You should bear in mind that the former Southampton man found the back of the net in the last meeting between Senegal and Tunisia at the AFCON finals.
Mane has netted 18 goals in 60 appearances for the national team and, no doubt, all eyes will be on the pacey attacker when the Lions of Teranga take on Tunisia in the 2019 AFCON semis this weekend. The Premier League ace is undisputedly in the form of his life and it is no surprise he is considered No. 1 favourite to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Golden Boot by the bookies. Betfair offers odds of 6/4 for Sadio Mane to lift the 2019 AFCON Top Scorer Award.
Now or Never
Over the years Senegal have established themselves as one of the best teams in Africa, but they have yet to lift the Africa Cup of Nations trophy. Back in 2002 the Senegalese made it to the AFCON final, but Cameroon proved to be a big catch for Bruno Metsu’s troops. Nonetheless, current squad is much stronger than the one which represented Senegal at the tournament in Mali seventeen years ago.
Towering centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, who is on Manchester United’s radar, plays one of the main roles in Aliou Cisse’s team, helping the Senegal national team keep no fewer than four clean sheets at the tournament in Egypt. Aforementioned attacker Sadio Mane, who won the Champions League trophy with Liverpool last term, believes that the time has come for the Lions of Teranga to clinch the Africa Cup of Nations trophy, but Aliou Cisse’s troops will have to prove their worth on the field.
First uphill task for Tunisia
Despite failing to record a win in the group stages, Tunisia sneaked into the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations knockout stages thanks to a goalless draw with Mauritania. The Eagles of Carthage faced the likes of Angola and Mali in Group E as well before taking on Ghana in the last 16. Considering that the Black Stars are no longer considered one of the best African teams, it is no wonder the Tunisians set up a meeting with Madagascar in the quarter-finals of the showpiece tournament in Egypt.
As expected, Tunisia defeated the debutants 3-0, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Sunday’s showdown against Senegal, who are seen as No. 1 favourites to win the 2019 AFCON trophy. The Eagles of Carthage are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in the semis, but preventing prolific Senegal attackers from finding the net is easier said than done.
Low-scoring affair on the cards
When Senegal and Tunisia face each other in a competitive match goal-scoring chances are few and far between. Under 2.5 goals have been netted in eight of their nine meetings in all competitions, with the two countries playing out goalless draws on three occasions. When the two teams met at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Senegal emerged triumphant (2-0), with Sadio Mane and Kara Bodji scoring for the Lions of Teranga.
Despite the fact that yet another low-scoring affair is on the horizon, Senegal are still widely expected to book their place in the final as they are determined to win the AFCON title for the first time in the history of the national team. Under 2.5 goals bet is priced 1/2 at William Hill.
Our Senegal vs Tunisia Betting Tip – 2019 Africa Cup Semi-Finals
Senegal set up a meeting with Tunisia by beating the likes of Uganda and Benin by a goal to nil, meaning that one goal could separate the two sides in the 30 June Air Defence Stadium clash as well. Tunisia did well to roll over Madagascar 3-0 in the quarter-finals, scoring each of the three goals in the second half, but the Lions of Teranga are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Eagles of Carthage than the islanders, who made their debut at the AFCON finals at the tournament in Egypt.
Senegal footballers are hungry for success as they are eyeing their first Africa Cup of Nations trophy and seeing that coach Aliou Cisse can count on key players for the Tunisia game, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Sadio Mane and his teammates. Senegal are 6/5 at 1XBET to win the semis in 90 minutes. Check out other Match Winner odds at 1XBET.