Tunisia looked like one of the eye-catching qualifiers in the past two years, and they will look to continue that good form on Matchday 1 of Group F. These two nations could meet for top spot in the group.
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The opening day of Group F could be the most important, as both Tunisia and Mali have great chances of finishing as group champions. Both are hoping to go far at this year’s African Cup of Nations, but finishing top of the group could give them the best chance of achieving that goal.
Tunisia was one of the top finishers for the main competition as they finished atop Group J qualifying. They did not suffer a single defeat in the six games they played and scored an incredible 14 goals. Defensively he was also very strong, since he only conceded five goals in the games he played against Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania and Libya.
Tunisia won five of the six qualifying matches they played, and also earned a victory in their last qualifying match for the World Cup against Zambia, winning 3-1 at home. They will seek to win the African Cup of Nations for the second time in their history.
Mali presented a tough opening night challenge for Tunisia as they finished first in their qualifying group. He fell to just one loss in the six games he played, scored ten goals and conceded only four times.
Both lost results came in matches against Guinea. However, their form recently has been exceptionally strong, having won their last three internationals without conceding a goal. Their most recent victory was at home against Uganda.
Tunisia vs Mali Head to Head
The overall record between these nations is very close, with Mali having won four times, while Tunisia has had six victories. Mali have not beaten Tunisia since a match at the African Nations Championship in January 2016. The last meeting between the two teams occurred in June last year, with Tunisia winning the friendly 1-0.
Tunisia vs Mali Prediction
Both nations hope to go far in the competition this year. That could make the opening night showdown between the two pretty uneventful, as neither will want to lose the game. Therefore, a 0-0 draw might be the best bet.
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