Tunisia team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Nigeria – Rotation likely in third-place tie

Tunisia team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Nigeria – Rotation likely in third-place tie


The Eagles of Carthage suffered semi-final heartbreak at the hands of Senegal when Dylan Bronn scored a 100th-minute own-goal to decide the match.

Coach Alain Giresse now has to pick his players up for the third-place play-off against Nigeria, with his side the underdogs against a team 20 places higher in the FIFA rankings.

Tunisia are yet to hit their stride so far in the tournament, drawing three group games and beating Ghana on penalties before swatting aside Madagascar in the quarter-finals.

They will need to replicate the form shown in that 3-0 victory if they are going to triumph over a much-fancied Nigeria outfit that only lost to Algeria after a 95th-minute Riyad Mahrez free-kick.

Giresse’s rearguard is likely to remain unchanged with Broon joined by Yassine Meriah in central defence, playing ahead of goalkeeper Mouez Hassen.

Mohamed Drager should continue at right-back while Oussama Haddadi is expected to line up on the opposite side of the back four.

Ferjani Sassi will be joined by Ellyes Skhiri in central midfield while Aymen Ben Mohamed could be replaced by Marc Lamti.

In attack, former Sunderland ace Wahbi Khazri is likely to occupy the right flank while Youssef Msakni was forced off injured against Senegal but should recover in time to start.

Yassine Khenissi will lead the line, although Firas Chaouat is another option for Giresse if he looks to freshen things up.

Replacements will be key for Tunisia, who are especially vulnerable in the latter stages of games as their starting XI tires.

Indeed, every goal the Eagles of Carthage have conceded in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations has come in the final third of matches while both knockout goals conceded came after the 90th minute.

Tunisia hold the head-to-head advantage over Nigeria with six wins from 17 matches compared the Super Eagles’ five victories.

Tunisia predicted line-up vs Nigeria – Africa Cup of Nations third-place play-off

(4-3-3): Hassen; Drager, Bronn, Meriah, Hadadi; Sassi, Skhiri, Lamti; Khazri, Msakni, Khenissi

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