Dave Farrar predicts Burkina Faso to be shown up in Libreville and tournament favourites Senegal to sweep Cameroon aside...
“It's by no means an easy task, but Tunisia look a little big to me, and are a cautious recommendation to win the game in 90 minutes.”
Burkina Faso v Tunisia
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Our first quarter-final gives Tunisia a big chance of reaching the last four, as they face the weakest team remaining in the competition in Libreville. Tunisia are trading at [2.32] to win in 90 minutes and that seems like a fair bet to me after they shrugged off an opening day defeat against Senegal to win their last two games and qualify.
Their victory against Algeria was an immense performance, and given that they troubled Senegal more than anyone else has managed to so far, they have to be treated with real respect. In Henryk Kasperczak they have a Coach with a massive amount of experience of these big games, and he certainly has weapons at his disposal.
I've been really impressed with Youssef Msakni and Mohammed Ben Amor, and with Naim Sliti a very able creator in behind the hard-working Taha Knenissi and Ahmed Akaichi, they'll trouble Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso won Group A against the odds, but they were helped by the implosion of the hosts Gabon and the safety-first approach of an average Cameroon side. They have quality in the shape of Bertrand Traore, and his form certainly gives them a chance, but Tunisia look the team that has most improved, and is continuing to do so.
It's by no means an easy task, but Tunisia look a little big to me, and are a cautious recommendation to win the game in 90 minutes.
Recommended Bet: Back Tunisia to beat Burkina Faso @ [2.32]
Senegal v Cameroon
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There's every reason to believe that Senegal will beat Cameroon in their quarter-final, and I'm really surprised to see the Senegalese at odds against to win this one in normal time.
The only thing that Cameroon have in their favour is their obduracy. They make themselves hard to beat and then try and build from there, and it just about worked as they made it out of their Group.
They were the width of an injury time post away from going out against the hosts Gabon though, and they just don't have enough good players here to cause Senegal too many issues. Their forceful style got them this far, but surely they can't progress any further.
If you took my pre-tournament advice to back Senegal in the outright market, then you may not feel that you have to support them again, but they look a price here and I'd be inclined to back them a second time.
Remember that Senegal won their first two matches, rested their favoured XI and still drew with Algeria, so they come here fresh and ready to fire. Aliou Cisse looks a good Coach, and he has serious players to work with: Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibaly, Balde Keita, Cheikhou Kouyate.
There's a case to say that none of the Cameroon squad would get into the Senegal first XI, and so we should back the tournament favourites accordingly.
Recommended Bet: Back Senegal to beat Cameroon @ [2.2]