AFCON 2021: Nigeria vs Tunisia prediction and betting tips (January 23)
Nigeria have a perfect record in the tournament, with three wins in three games at the group stage. The Super Eagles have been soaring high so far. They are at the next stop, the Round of 16.
Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria) played all the AFCON 2021 group stage matches
by   Paul Awoniyi

Nigeria play Tunisia next in Round of 16 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. GMT on Sunday, 23 January 2022. The match venue is Stade Roumde Adjia, Garoua.

Betting tips and match predictions for the Nigeria vs Tunisia (January 23) game are available in this article, alongside a preview of the latest betting odds, key stats, team news and projected starting lineups.

Nigeria vs Tunisia (January 23) latest betting odds

Nigeria to win odds are situated at 2.12 (+112 American; 28/25 Fractional), the odds for a draw are situated at 3.20 (+220; 11/5), while Tunisia to win odds are situated at 3.80 (+280; 14/5).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Nigeria — 45%, draw — 30%, Tunisia — 25%.

Latest betting odds on Nigeria vs Tunisia (23 January 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 2.50 (+150; 3/2)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.53 (-188; 25/47)
  • Asian handicap (-0.25) on Nigeria — 1.80 (-125; 4/5)
  • Asian handicap (+0.25) on Tunisia — 2.02 (+102; 51/50)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.63 (-158; 50/79)

Nigeria vs Tunisia (January 23) match preview and statistics

Nigeria are into the knockout stage with a perfect record from the group stage. The Super Eagles top the Group D table with nine points and a +5 goal difference. They won three out of three games, scored six goals and conceded only one goal, which was from a penalty, zero goals conceded from open play.

The Giant of Africa are unbeaten in their last six games, with five wins and a draw. They beat Guinea-Bissau 0-2 in their last match. Umar Sadiq gave Naija the lead in the 56th minute of the second half with a left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner, assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho.

William Troost-Ekong doubled the lead in the 75th minute from a rebound off the post with a tap-in into the empty net. Moses Simon dribbled his way through before firing the shot which hit the post, Ekong was there to bury the rebound. Simon stole the show in the game. After being brought on in the 57th minute, he completed 7/7 dribbles and won seven duels.

Top stats: 53% possession, 16 total shots, 10 chances created, four shots on target, 343 accurate passes, 86% pass accuracy, 22 fouls conceded, six corners, two offsides.

Nigeria team news: no player is injured or suspended for this match.

Tunisia qualified for the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams from the group stage. They were third in the Group F table with three points and a +2 goal difference, one win and two losses in the group stage matches.

The Eagles of Carthage lost 0-1 to the Gambia in their last match. Top stats: 69% possession, 19 tidal shots, 15 chances created, three shots on target, 380 accurate passes, 83% pass accuracy, 12 fouls conceded, 11 corners, one offside, three yellow cards and one red card.

Seifeddine Jaziri failed to convert a penalty in the 45th minute of the first half as his right footed shot was saved in the bottom left corner. Farouk Ben Mustapha got a straight red on the stroke of halftime for violent conduct. Albie Jallow scored the winner in the late minutes of the second half, with a left footed shot from the center of the box to the top right corner, assisted by Musa Barrow with a cross.

Tunisia team news: Farouk Ben Mustapha is out for this game due to a red card suspension.

Nigeria vs Tunisia H2H

This is going to be their eighth meeting. Nigeria have a win and six draws in the last seven meetings against Tunisia. Both teams drew 1-1 in their last meeting

Nigeria vs Tunisia (January 23) key players and lineups

Nigeria projected starting lineup:

  • Maduka Okoye
  • Ola Aina
  • Semi Ajayi
  • William Troost-Ekong
  • Zaidu Sanusi
  • Wilfried Ndidi
  • Joe Aribo
  • Moses Simon
  • Samuel Chukwueze
  • Kelechi Iheanacho
  • Taiwo Awoniyi

Kelechi Iheanacho is the key player to watch out for. The Leicester forward played all the group stage matches and was important in the attack. He had one goal and one assist in the group stage.

Moses Simon looks forward to scoring in this match. He has dropped top performances in their last two matches. He came off the bench in the last game against Guinea-Bissau, and stole the show with his performance. Simon paved the way for the second goal Nigeria scored.

Tunisia projected starting lineup:

  • Bechir Ben Said
  • Ali Abdi
  • Montassar Talbi
  • Bilele Ifa
  • Hamza Mathlouthi
  • Ellyes Skhiri
  • Aissa Laidouni
  • Anis Ben Slimane
  • Said-Eddine Khaoui
  • Seifeddine Jaziri
  • Hamza Rafia

Hamza Rafia is the key player to watch out for. He completed 3/4 dribbles, created three chances, gave three key passes, won 11 duels, was fouled four times, won two tackles with one interception in their last match against the Gambia.

Nigeria vs Tunisia (January 23) betting tips and prediction

Nigeria have had things going the right way for them at the tournament, with three wins in three games. They are unbeaten in six consecutive games with five wins and a draw. Tunisia, on the other hand, are not in good form, won only one game and lost two at the group stages. They qualified to the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams from the group stage.

The Super Eagles are in great form and have a strong squad to proceed to the Round of 8. Predictions are Nigeria to win, Over 1.5 goals and both teams to score (NO). Naija have scored over 1.5 goals in their last two games, aside from the Round 1 game in which they scored one goal. They have the momentum to score two or more goals in this match.

Betting prediction: Nigeria to win

Odds: 2.12 (+112 American; 28/25 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Over 1.5 goals

Odds: 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional)

Soccer AFCON 2021 . Round of 16
Nigeria — Tunisia

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