When: January 12, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. EST
Venue: Limbe Stadium – Limbe, Cameroon
Tunisia vs Mali Betting Odds
Moneyline: Tunisia +150 | Mali +195 | Draw +180
Odds by Caesars Sportsbook
Tunisia vs Mali Betting Preview
Group F gets underway Wednesday morning with Tunisia facing Mali. This group is wide open, but these two teams should finish the top of the group. Tunisia made a surprise fun to the final of the recent Arab Cup and will look to continue that momentum in the biggest tournament for the continent.
Tunisia returns to AFCON and will look to go one step further than the third-place game in the 2019 edition. The Eagles won this tournament back in 2004, on their home soil, but have not been back to the championship game since.
Mali is in AFCON for the eighth straight edition and will look to do better than their Round of 16 appearance in 2019. The Eagles have not been to the championship game AFCON since 1972 but did finish in third in 2002 and 2004.
Tunisia vs Mali Pick & Prediction
Tunisia does not have a lot of high-level talent, but they are a good cohesive team. All four keepers play in the Tunisian leagues, but the defense does have the likes of Dylan Bronn (Metz), Omar Rekik (Arsenal), and Oussama Haddadi (Malatyaspor). The midfield has the most talent and are led by Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United), Ellyes Skhiri (Koln), and Wahbi Khazri (St. Etienne). Tunisia is the 10th favorite at +2000.
Mali also does not have a lot of big-name players, but the midfield trio of Yves Bissouma (Brighton), Mohamed Camara (Salzburg), and Amadou Haidara (Leipzig) are as strong as it gets. Moussa Djenpa (Southampton) and the “other” Adama Traore (Tiraspol) will lead the front line. The defense and keepers leave some to be desired. Mail is right behind Tunisia and are +2300 to life the AFCON trophy.