South Africa vs Tunisia AFCON prediction, lineups and where to watch live

A place in the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2024) is up for grabs as South Africa and Tunisia go toe-to-toe with each other. Which of these teams will be left standing at the end of this match?

South Africa vs Tunisia overview

This Group E clash will be played at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium on Wednesday January 24. Kick-off time is 6 pm WAT.

South Africa

South Africa cruised through a comfortable 4-0 victory over Namibia in their previous match. Although they'll secure a place in the Round of 16 with a positive result from this match, Bafana Bafana could potentially lose and still qualify.

Hugo Broos' men will not leave anything to chance, they'll be going for all three points.

Tunisia

Tunisia were on a four-match unbeaten run ahead of this tournament. However, they've struggled to find their stride, with just one point in their first two games.

This is a must-win for the 2004 champions, as any other result would not be enough to see them through.

South Africa vs Tunisia head to head

South Africa and Tunisia will meet for the seventh time today. As it stands, the head-to-head between these teams is tied, as both teams have three wins apiece.

This will be the first encounter between these teams since January 2008, when they met at the group stages of this competition.

South Africa vs Tunisia
South Africa players during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Finals South Africa training session at Lycee Moderne in Korhogo on 23 January 2024 – Photo by Icon Sport

South Africa vs Tunisia potential lineups

Hugo Broos will be pleased to have a healthy group of players to choose from, as South Africa have no players ruled out for this match.

Bafana Bafana will likely line up in a 4-4-2 formation, with Themba Zwane leading the attack. The Mamelodi Sundowns scored a brace in their 4-0 victory over Namibia.

On the other hand, Taha Yassine Khenissi will not be available for Tunisia. Jalel Kadri expected to adopt a 4-4-2 formation, with US Monastir's Bechir Ben Said starting in goal.

Keeping that in mind, these are our probable South Africa vs Tunisia lineups:

South Africa

Goalkeeper: Ronwen Williams.
Defenders: Khuliso Mudau, Mothobi Mvala, Grant Kekana, Aubrey Maphosa Modiba.
Midfielders: Teboho Mokoena, Percy Tau, Mihlali Mayambela, Sphephelo Sithole.
Forwards: Themba Zwane, Evidence Makgopa.

Tunisia

Goalkeeper: Ben Said.
Defenders: Wajdi Kechrida, Yassine Meriah, Montassar Talbi, Ali Abdi.
Midfielders: Hamza Rafia, Ellyes Skhiri, Aissa Laidouni, Elías Achouri.
Forwards: Seifeddine Jaziri, Ben Slimane.

South Africa vs Tunisia
Photo by Icon Sport

South Africa vs Tunisia tactical analysis

In South Africa's last six matches, they have two wins, two draws and two losses. Although Hugo Broos' men found the net four times in their last game, they had no goals in three matches before that.

Tunisia, on the other hand, lost just once in their last six matches, with three wins and two draws. They kept four clean sheets in that six-game stretch.

South Africa vs Tunisia prediction

For our South Africa vs Tunisia prediction, let's take a look at the BTTS market.

Bafana Bafana have been inconsistent when it comes to scoring, as they blanked in three of their last four games. Both teams managed to score in just two of their last 10 games.

Similarly, at least one team failed to score in seven of Tunisia's last eight matches, and for this reason, we are fairly confident that one of these teams will keep a clean sheet.

Where to watch South Africa vs Tunisia live

SABC and Supersport will broadcast this match on TV for fans who live in South Africa. Those who reside in Tunisia can tune into beIN Sports for live coverage of this game.

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