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AFCONgeneralMadagascar bid to extend their fairytale run in the Africa Cup of Nations when they clash with Tunisia in the quarter finals on Thursday.

 

 

 

Madagascar v Tunisia

Match Result Betting (90 mins): Madagascar 9/2 Draw 12/5 Tunisia 7/10

Note, all odds are an average of what was available at the time of writing but are subject to change

 

Madagascar

AFCON finals debutants Madagascar came through their Round of 16 clash with DR Congo with a penalty shoot out win after a very watchable game finished all square at 2-2 after 90 mins and extra time failed to produce a goal. Madagascar led early on through Amada but were pegged back soon after and it was 1-1 at the break. Madagascar regained the lead through Andriatsima on 77 minutes but then conceded a last gasp goal to send the tie into an extra 30 minutes. To their credit Madagascar regrouped, held firm and then made no mistake with their penalty kicks.

Earlier Madagascar topped Group B ahead of Nigeria and Guinea with Burundi the nation eliminated. Madagascar began their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Guinea before beating Burundi 1-0. If things were looking good then they were about to get even better as they turned Nigeria over in their final group match with a 2-0 win.

 

 

Tunisia

Tunisia continue to edge their way towards glory after their Round of 16 clash with Ghana also went the full distance. They probably thought they had won it in regulation time when Khenissi opened the scoring after 73 minutes but a disastrous own goal in injury time brought Ghana level and it finished 1-1. After extra time failed to produce a goal Tunisia were foot perfect from the penalty spot, an event they might have had in mind given they brought on a substitute keeper for the shoot out.

Despite failing to register a win in their group Tunisia finished as runners up to Mali. They drew all 3 matches against Angola (1-1), Mali (1-1) and most disappointingly Mauritania (0-0) so they are clearly hard to beat and hard to win with.

 

Verdict:

Tunisia might consider they have the plum draw but their only victory so far came in a penalty shoot out and given Madagascar are full of themselves they could be a risky proposition for favourite backers.

I didn’t give Madagascar much of chance of making it through the group never mind the Round of 16 but they are already a great story. I’m open minded about the outcome but I do think we will see goals and I’ll take a speculative play on 2 or more in the second half of regulation time.

 

Suggested Bet:

2nd half total goals, over 1.5 at 16/10

 

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Note, all odds are an average of what was available at the time of writing but are subject to change

 

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