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The Africa Cup of Nations moves into the knockout stages on Sunday. Nigeria and Tunisia will meet in the round of 16 in Garoua on Sunday. Nigeria topped Africa Cup of Nations Group D with a perfect nine points from nine. The Super Eagles claimed wins over Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea-Bissau to reach the knockout stage.

Tunisia surprisingly finished third in Group F behind Mali and Gambia. The Eagles of Carthage reached the last 16 thanks to being one of the best third-place group stage finishers. Of the four third-place teams to qualify for the round of 16, Tunisia were the third-best, which is why they will face Nigeria on Sunday.

Tunisia are ranked No. 30 in the world, while Nigeria are the world’s No. 36 team according to FIFA. Based on results at the Africa Cup of Nations, these teams could be going opposite directions. Nigeria are unbeaten in six straight games in all competitions. Just one of Tunisia’s last four games in all competitions finished as a victory.

The winner of Sunday’s game will face off against either Burkina Faso or Gabon in the quarterfinals. Will Nigeria or Tunisia be the team to reach the elite eight of African football’s premier tournament?

Nigeria vs Tunisia Betting Odds

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Nigeria manager Augustine Eguavoen was appointed caretaker of the team ahead of the tournament. Prior to being the interim coach of Nigeria, Eguavoen was the football federations technical director. It was announced this weekend that Jose Peseiro will take over the Nigeria national team after the Africa Cup of Nations with Eguavoen moving back to his previous role.

Nigeria are at the best betting odds of 5/6 to defeat Tunisia on Sunday. These teams are evenly matched in head-to-head fixtures. Nigeria have posted a record of 6W-8D-6L in 20 all-time meetings dating back to 1961. Nigeria arguably have the Africa Cup of Nations’ deepest squad. The team scored six times in the group stage with six different players finding the back of the net.

Tunisia managed just one win in the group stage. The victory came against Mauritania, 4-0. Tunisia lost 1-0 to Mali and 1-0 to Gambia in the group stage. Saint-Etienne forward Wahbi Khazri scored twice in the victory. Bookies’ best betting odds on a Tunisia win at full-time are at 15/4.

These teams last met in 2020 with the game ending in a 1-1 draw. The last six games between Nigeria and Tunisia finished without defeats for the Super Eagles. However, four of those games finished in draws and just two in wins. Bookies’ best betting odds on a draw at full-time are at 11/5.

Nigeria vs Tunisia Team News

Nigeria have had six different goalscorers at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Super Eagles arguably have the tournament’s deepest squad. Having qualified for the knockout stage, Nigeria’s squad was shuffled against Guinea-Bissau. Manager Augustine Eguavoen will likely revert back to the players he used to start the tournament.

Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye should start in goal. Forward Kelechi Iheanacho should start in the team’s attack. Eguavoen could bring Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi back into the team after not starting the team’s win over Guinea-Bissau.

Tunisia coach Mondher Kebaier is seeking goals. Yes, Tunisia have scored four goals at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, yet all four of those scores came in the same game. Khazri will be depended upon to get more goals if Tunisia are to go further in the tournament. At 30-years old, questions could be asked over Khazri’s ability to bounce back after the group stage.

Nigeria vs Tunisia H2H

Nigeria and Tunisia are evenly matched in head-to-head fixtures. Nigeria have posted a record of 6W-8D-6L in 20 all-time meetings dating back to 1961. These teams last met in 2020 with the game ending in a 1-1 draw. The last six games between Nigeria and Tunisia finished without defeats for the Super Eagles. However, four of those games finished in draws and just two in wins.

The last three games between Nigeria and Tunisia finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Games at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament average 1.89 goals per game. Just one of Nigeria’s games at the tournament saw more than 2.5 goals. Tunisia saw fewer than 1.5 goals in two of their three AFCON games.

Nigeria vs Tunisia Prediction

Half time result: Nigeria @ 8/5 - BET NOW

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Nigeria were winning at halftime in two of their three group stage matches. Tunisia were drawing at halftime in two of their three group stage matches. On Sunday, our betting tips prediction is for Nigeria to claim a win at halftime as they set themselves up to qualify for the next round of the tournament. Nigeria’s record against Tunisia across their last six games is strong and our betting tips prediction is for the record to improve further.

To qualify: Nigeria @ 2/5 - BET NOW

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Nigeria have looked strong to this point in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. Tunisia have disappointed many and only got through to the round of 16 as the third-best third-place team in the group stage. Our betting tips prediction is for Nigeria to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. Nigeria finished third at the 2019 tournament and won the 2013 event.

Under 2.5 goals @ 19/40 - BET NOW

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The Africa Cup of Nations tournament averages 1.89 goals per game. It has been a low-scoring game to this point and our betting tips prediction is for a low-scoring match between Nigeria and Tunisia. Two of Tunisia’s three group stage matches ended with under 2.5 goals. Nigeria saw under 2.5 goals in two of their three games in the group stage.

Neither team will want to make a mistake to cost them qualification to the next round. Therefore, the game should be rather cagey. Our betting tips prediction is for Nigeria to claim a win and progress to the round of eight to face off with either Burkina Faso or Gabon.

Nigeria vs Tunisia Betting Tips