Tunisia face Nigeria in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations third place playoff on Wednesday night, after the two sides both endured crushing late defeats in their semi-final ties. This third-place playoff at any tournament doesn’t exactly catch the creative mind. Regardless of whether a team like Nigeria is playing in it. Be that as it may, the Super Eagles and Tunisia will square off in the spot for bronze at the continental showpiece and the two sides will take whatever consolation they can get from it.
Tunisia vs Nigeria Team News
Tunisia endured a narrow defeat in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final as their offer to achieve a first final since 2004 missed the mark in their conflict with Senegal that should have been decided in extra-time.
With the game goalless toward the finish of an hour and a half following an even contest, Tunisian hearts were broken as Dylan Bronn went in to his own net ten minutes into extra-time and were not able discover a leveller.
With third place on the line, Tunisia will be aiming to seal their most astounding completion since 2000 when they came fourth and despite the fact that they may hope to rotate their side to give some of their squad players some game time, Youssef Msakni is an uncertainty after he was withdrawn at half-time against Senegal.
Nigeria failed to achieve an eighth Africa Cup of Nations final as they fell to defeat in the most heart-breaking of circumstances against Algeria as they lost with for all intents and purposes the last kick of the game.
William Troost-Ekong had given Algeria the lead when he transformed into his very own goal however Odion Ighalo levelled from the spot and with the game apparently heading for extra-time, a free-kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time knocked the Nigerians out.
Subsequent to complimenting to deceive for the vast majority of the tournament, Nigeria improved as the competition progressed however simply missed the mark regardless of setting in a strong performance against Algeria and will hope to end on a high by naming a strong side.
Tunisia vs Nigeria Match Prediction
Both Tunisia and Nigeria endured extreme defeats in their semi-final matches at the Africa Cup of Nations and should lift themselves up for this third place play-off. Nigeria got no opportunity to answer as they lost with pretty much the last kick of the game against Algeria thanks to Riyad Mahrez’s dazzling free-kick while Tunisia went down to an own goal in extra-time. Both have improved as the competition progressed however their degrees of inspiration will be key here and while it could go in any case, Nigeria can edge it in spite of the fact that it might go right to a penalty shootout.
Tunisia vs Nigeria Head to Head Record
These two sides will in general draw with each other; essentially constantly. Nigeria beat Tunisia 4-2 back in January 2000, however from that point forward neither one of the sides has claimed a triumph in normal or additional time.
With penalties being the best way to isolate the pair over the past 19 years, it could well be another nearby game on Wednesday night.
It’s been an even tussle down the years with eight draws originating from 17 competitive meetings between the pair. Tunisia have a minor historical edge with five successes to Nigeria’s four.
Tunisia vs Nigeria Match Details
- When Is Kick Off of Tunisia vs Nigeria? Wednesday 17 July
- What Time Is Kick Off of Tunisia vs Nigeria? 20:00 (BST)
- Where Is Tunisia vs Nigeria Match Played? Al Salam Stadium
- Channel/Live Stream Of Tunisia vs Nigeria? EuroSport 2 UK and Fubo TV
Tunisia vs Nigeria Predicted Lineups
Tunisia: Mouez; Bronn, Meriah, Hadadi, Khazri; Sassi, Lamti, Skhiri; B Mohamed, Msakni, Khenissi.
Nigeria: Akpeyi; Ekong, Omeruo, Awaziem, Collins; Kalu, Musa, Etebo; Chukwueze, Onyekuru; Ighalo.
Tunisia vs Nigeria Full Team Squads
Tunisia Team Players
Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha, Moez Ben Cherifia, Mouez Hassen
Defenders: Yassine Meriah, Oussama Haddadi, Rami Bedoui, Dylan Bronn, Karim Aouadhi, Mohamed Drager, Wajdi Kechrida, Nassim Hnid
Midfielders: Youssef Msakni, Ferjani Sassi, Naim Sliti, Anice Badri, Ellyes Skhiri, Bassem Srarfi, Ghailene Chaalali, Ayman Ben Mohamed, Marc Lamti
Forwards: Wahbi Khazri, Taha Yassine Khenissi, Firas Chaouat
Nigeria Team Players
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Francis Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi
Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo, Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Ola Aina, Jamilu Collins, Chidozie Awaziem
Midfielders: John Obi Mikel, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, Peter Etebo, Moses Simon, John Ogu, Henry Onyekuru, Samuel Kalu, Samuel Chukwueze
Forwards: Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo, Victor Osimhen, Paul Onuachu