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Tunisia vs Mauritania Preview & Tips - Tunisia backed to get big win

By Ralph Staniforth
  • Tunisia vs Mauritania predictions for Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations match
  • Fixture is being played at 16:00 GMT at the Omnisport de Limbe Stadium
  • Can Tunisia get their tournament back on track?
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Tunisia beat Mauritania 5-1 in the Arab Cup prior to AFCON. This is expected to be a tighter affair but Tunisia should be too strong going forward.

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Tunisia vs Mauritania Preview & Tips

Tunisia will be desperate for all three points after losing their opener. They have far better quality and recently beat these opponents 5-1. It should be a lot tighter this time around but a Tunisia win to nil has value.
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  • Tunisia Form
  • Tunisia Team News
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  • Mauritania Team News
  • Tunisia vs Mauritania FAQ

  • Tunisia have won 3 of their last 4 matches against Mauritania (all competitions).
  • Tunisia have kept a clean sheet in 3 of their last 4 matches against Mauritania (all competitions).
  • Tunisia have won 5 of their last 8 matches (all competitions).
  • Tunisia have seen under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (all competitions).
  • Mauritania have scored 1 goal in their last 3 matches against Tunisia (all competitions).

Head to Head

Tunisia lead 7-0 in their 10 matches against Mauritania. There have been three draws.

When they met in the Arab Cup a few weeks ago, Tunisia won 5-1.

Tunisia Form

Tunisia recently reached the final of the Arab Cup where they lost 2-0 after extra time to Algeria. The tournament was played without any overseas based players.

Prior to that Tunisia topped their World Cup Qualifying group. They won four and drew one of their six matches and only conceded two goals in the process.

Despite their good form recently, Tunisia suffered a surprise and controversial defeat to Mali in their AFCON opener. The 1-0 loss puts huge pressure on Tunisia to get all three points in this match.

Tunisia Team News

Tunisia won’t look to make wholesale changes. They may however opt for Saif-Eddine Khaoui in attack after coming on at half time in the last match.

Defenders: Dylan Bronn, Montassar Talbi , Bilel Ifa, Oussama Haddadi, Omar Rekik, Mohamed Drager, Mohamed Amine Ben Hamida, Hamza Mathlouthi, Ali Maaloul, Ali Abdi.
Midfielders: Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane, Aissa Laidouni, Ellyes Skhiri, Ghailene Chaalali, Seif-Eddine Khaoui, Anis Ben Slimane, Hannibal Mejbri, Firas Ben Larbi, Wahbi Khazri, Hamza Rafia, Naim Sliti.
Forwards: Seifeddine Jaziri, Yoann Touzghar, Youssef Msakni.

Mauritania Form

Mauritania played in the recent Arab Cup, beginning with a 5-1 defeat to Tunisia. That was followed by a 1-0 loss to UAE before beating Syria 2-1.

The side played two pre-AFCON friendlies as they drew 0-0 with Burkina Faso and 1-1 with Gabon.

Going into the match against Gambia at AFCON, Mauritania would have been confident of getting something. They lost 1-0 but arguably deserved more given the chances created.

Mauritania Team News

The AFCON debutants may opt to go in unchanged. They impressed against Gambia despite the defeat.

Goalkeepers: Babacar Diop, Mbacke Ndiaye, Mohamed El Mokhtar
Defenders: Abdoul Ba, Diadie Diarra, El Hassen Houbeibib, Harouna Abou Demba, Souleymane Karamoko, Aly Abeid, Houssen Abderrahmane, Abdoulkader Thiam
Midfielders: Mohamed Dellah Yali, Guessouma Fofana, Ibrehima Coulibaly, Khassa Camara, Almike Moussa Ndiaye, Yacoub Sidi Ethmane, Mohsen Bodda, Abdallahi Mahmoud, Mohamed Soueid, Beyatt Lekweiry
Forwards: Aboubakar Kamara, Hemeya Tanjy, Oumar Camara, Adama Ba, Souleymane Doukara, Idrissa Thiam, Pape Ibnou Ba

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Tunisia should not have any defensive problems. Their quest will be how to break the opposition down after struggling in the last match. I'm backing Tunisia to win to nil.

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