Tunisia vs Nigeria: Africa Cup of Nations Third-Place Playoff Betting Tips

Martin Green

Monday, July 15, 2019 5:00 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 15, 2019 5:00 PM UTC

Can the Super Eagles soar again?
<div><h2>Tunisia vs Nigeria</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/africa-cup-of-nations/nigeria-vs-tunisia-3830994/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tunisia vs Nigeria"><strong>Wednesday, July 17, at Al-Salam Stadium</strong></a></p><p>Tunisia and Nigeria will head into the dreaded third-placed playoff game in the African Cup of Nations on Wednesday. Both teams fell just short in their respective bids to reach the final, as Tunisia lost 1-0 to Senegal and a 95<sup>th</sup> minute Riyad Mahrez free-kick broke Nigerian hearts in the other semi. Both sets of players must now find a way to snap out of the fugue of disappointment and motivate themselves for the bronze medal decider.</p><p>These matches are often unpredictable affairs, featuring fatigued, jaded players that are low on confidence and inspiration. It is therefore advisable to keep stakes relatively low and focus more on the final, which pits Senegal against Algeria in Cairo on Friday night. But there is plenty of value on offer for this third-place playoff if you think you know which way it will go.</p><p>Nigeria have been attacking with flair, pace and purpose throughout the tournament. They cruised through to the knockout stages and then beat defending champions Cameroon in the last 16. It finished 3-2 as former Watford striker Odio Ighalo grabbed a brace and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi scored what proved to be the winner. Next up the Nigerians face South Africa, who were fresh from toppling tournament favourites Egypt, and the Super Eagles soared to a 2-1 win.</p><p>Their semi-final showdown with Algeria looked to be heading into extra-time. It was delicately poised at 1-1 deep into extra-time, but Mahrez settled it with a brilliant last-gasp strike. Tunisia’s defeat to Senegal was equally heart-breaking, as they fell to an extra-time goal from Dylan Bronn. They have not lost in 90 minutes during the entire tournament and they can hold their heads high after a valiant effort.</p><p>The temptation is to go for both teams to score in this third-place playoff, as that has paid off in each of Nigeria’s last three games. They take risks going forwards and leave gaps at the back, which always makes for an entertaining contest. The draw in 90 minutes might also appeal, as five of Tunisia’s six games at this tournament have finished all-square in 90 minutes. They drew all three group games, before beating Ghana on penalties, sweeping aside Madagascar and losing in extra-time to Senegal.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Unibet"><em>Both teams to score at 2.10 (11/10) with Unibet</em></a>; <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365"><em>draw at 2.05 (21/20) with Bet365</em></a></strong></p></div>
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