In a short tournament, it’s never easy to face the host team at any stage, but Burkina Faso survived. That’s what makes them a tempting soccer betting underdog for the Round of 8 against Tunisia, especially at +255.
Speaking of Tunisia, the Eagles of Carthage had some trouble during the Group Stage. However, they regained a lot of confidence by beating one of the favorites in the Round of 16. There’s no tomorrow for the losing team, so you can expect a back-and-forth battle.
Burkina Faso vs Tunisia African Cup Quarterfinals
Stallions Aiming High
Having qualified for the Round of 8 is already an outstanding achievement for Burkina Faso, but the Stallions want more.
As I mentioned before, they had to face Cameroon in the Group Stage. They lost 2-1, but considering it was the host, and their first game, it wasn’t a bad result. Later, they defeated Cape Verde 1-0 and drew 1-1 to Ethiopia.
In the Round of 16, the Stallions faced Gabon and it was a thriller. Burkina Faso controlled the match, finishing with seven shots on target, but things complicated in the last minute. Bertrand Traore opened the can for the Stallions in the first half. Then, with 23 minutes left on the clock, Gabon’s Sidney Obissa got a red card. Everything was set for Burkina Faso to win, but an own goal at 91 minutes forced a penalty shootout.
Despite the emotional shock, the Stallions got back on their feet and won the penalty shootout 7-6. Each team shot nine penalties and Ismahila Ouedraogo scored the winning goal.
I think they don’t care about being the betting online underdog. We’re talking about a highly motivated team determined to rewrite history.
Burkina Faso’s predicted lineup: Herve Koffi; Issa Kabore, Soumaila Ouattara, Edmond Tapsoba, Steeve Yago; Adama Guira, Ibrahim Toure, Dango Ouattara, Gustavo Sangare, Hassane Bande; Bertrand Traore.
Tunisia Trying to Reclaim the Throne
It’s been a long time since Tunisia won the African Cup. It was in the 2004 edition, and they were the host. Winning it again would be like a fair and necessary resurgence for them.
The Eagles of Carthage finished the Group Stage with a 1-0-2 record, four goals for and two goals against. That means that beating Mauritania 4-0 was enough for them to qualify as one of the best third-place teams.
That’s why not too many people included them in their soccer picks for the Round of 16 against Nigeria. However, they pulled off the upset with a 1-0 victory. Youssef Msakni’s powerful shot outside the box was enough. Well, playing with one player more for 24 minutes also helped. Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi got a red card due to a nasty foul.
Beating Nigeria, which previously defeated Mohamed Salah and Egypt, allowed them to regain a lot of confidence. However, that’s not the only reason for them to dominate the Las Vegas odds at +140. Let’s not forget that this team qualified for the 2018 World Cup. Overall, we’re talking about a much more experienced team. That can make a huge difference in a crucial game like this.
Tunisia’s predicted lineup: Bechir Ben Said; Mohamed Drager, Bilel Ifa, Montassar Talbi, Oussama Haddadi; Anis Ben Slimane, Ellyes Skhiri, Aissa Laidouni; Hamza Rafia, Seifeddine Jaziri, Youssef Msakni.
Burkina Faso vs Tunisia Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 5
- Burkina Faso Victories: 2 (5 goals)
- Tunisia Victories: 1 (5 goals)
- Draws: 2
This will be their third meeting in an African Cup. Most recently, they collided in the 2017 edition — also in the Round of 8 — and Burkina Faso won 2-0. Curiously enough, none of the scorers are still on the team.
The other African Cup matchup between these two finished 1-1. Then, Burkina Faso won the penalty shootout 8-7. I told you, the Stallions don’t care about being the underdogs because they’re not afraid.
Burkina Faso vs Tunisia Game Information
- Date: Saturday
- Time: 2 p.m. ET
- Location: Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua, Cameroon
- Burkina Faso vs Tunisia Live Stream: fuboTV
Burkina Faso vs Tunisia Betting Lines
|Burkina Faso||+½ -170||+255||1½ -140o||½ -145o
|Tunisia||-½ +140||+140||1½ +110u||½ -190o
Burkina Faso vs Tunisia Prediction
Besides having more experience, Tunisia’s depth is what will make the difference. Wahbi Khazri, the team’s top scorer with two goals, isn’t a regular starter. Omar Rekik, a central defender who plays for Arsenal, isn’t a regular starter. You know what I mean.
Burkina Faso will put up a good fight, though. That’s why my football prediction includes Tunisia winning by one goal and the total going under.
Score Prediction: Tunisia 1, Burkina Faso 0