16/01 Daily Predictions: Back wins for Mali and Tunisia

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In their opening Africa Cup of Nations matchup with South Africa, a formidable Mali team will look to impress. Tunisia’s goal going into this year’s tournament in Ivory Coast is to win a second Africa Cup of Nations title. They play Namibia in the opening match on Tuesday.

TopbetsNG picks the top five betting fixtures you can place your money on, plus two extra tips for our readers.

Mali vs South Africa

Group D’s four clubs will all believe they have a good chance of making it to the knockout stages. After Tunisia, one of Africa’s biggest powers, Mali is the second-most favorite to accomplish this. Mali defeated Gambia, Congo, and South Sudan to win Group G and guarantee their place in AFCON 2023. Mali is making its 13th appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations, a competition in which they have established themselves as regular competitors.

Meanwhile, South Africa qualified for AFCON 2023 by capturing the runners-up position in Group K, surpassing Liberia and the disqualified Zimbabwe. With seven points from four games, South Africa’s only loss came against Morocco, the team atop the group and one of the two teams to qualify ahead of them. The only two teams to qualify earlier were South Africa, which did so on March 28, 2023, and Morocco and Algeria, which did so on March 24, 2023 and March 27, 2023, respectively. Ten times, Bafana Bafana has participated in the competition.

Verdict

On paper, Group D appears to be the most evenly matched in the competition; currently, Mali is ranked second in terms of qualification, behind Tunisia. With six victories in their past seven games, the Eagles are riding high on momentum and will be confident going up against a Bafana Bafana team that has recently struggled to score goals.

Mali is our favorite to win this game. The majority of Bafana Bafana’s squad now comes from the country’s top flight, which could cause problems against a strong Mali team. Gone are the days when the team was led by household names like Benni McCarthy and Steven Pienaar.

Tip: Mali to Win / Under 2.5 Goals

Mali to Win – ✅

Under 2.5 Goals – ✅

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Tunisia vs Namibia

Returning to the continental arena, Tunisia’s 21st appearance marks their 16th straight appearance. In 2004, the Carthage Eagles won their first and only AFCON championship at home. They have only advanced to the semifinals once since, and that was in the 2019 tournament when they placed fourth. The North Africans, who are among the favorites to win it all, will aim for a last-four finish at the very least. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2022 edition. Leading their qualifying group, Jalel Kadri’s team enters this match undefeated in four previous attempts.

Namibia is participating in its fourth AFCON. They have not competed on the continent for eleven years since they last participated in the competition in Egypt in 2019. In their nine games played at the AFCON, the Brave Warriors have lost seven of them and have never won a game. They only managed one goal and one point, as they were eliminated from the competition in 2019. The last time Namibia failed to win at the AFCON, head coach Collin Benjamin was on the field. This occurred during a 1-1 draw with Guinea in 2008. This is where he and his charges hope the wait for at least a point ends.

Verdict

Namibia is among the teams in the competition with the least amount of experience at this level. Namibia has had difficulty winning, while Tunisia is in a stronger position going into this match. They have come up against one of the favorites to win it all and it has a dismal record in the AFCON.

A portion of the praise should go to Tunisia’s defense, as they concluded their qualifying campaign at the top of their group. With four straight clean sheets coming into this game, Jalal Qaderi’s team has only given up one goal in six games. The final score of the last three games was less than 2.5 goals.

Namibia has also had difficulty scoring in previous games. Four of Namibia’s last five games ended in goals conceded, and all five matches saw wins for under 2.5 goals.

Tip: Tunisia to Win / Under 2.5 Goals

Tunisia to Win – ❌

Under 2.5 Goals – ✅

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