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Very much the surprise package of this Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals, Madagascar haven’t lost any of their first four fixtures of the tournament.

Mauritania vs Tunisia – AFCON 2019

However, the ‘Barea’ are still underdogs ahead of this clash, with an average possession rate of just 43.5% so far this tournament.

Even better, Madagascar have scored at least twice in three of their AFCON finals matches to date.

That is an unsurprising statistic, considering that nearly half (seven) of their shots on target (16) have been converted into goals.

Keeping a first-half clean sheet in all of their last nine outings, and currently enjoying a seven-game unbeaten run on the back of four consecutive draws, Tunisia have qualified for their third-straight AFCON quarter-finals.

However, they have lost their last two AFCON quarters – while conceding exactly two goals on each occasion.

One positive omen, however, is that the ‘Eagles of Carthage’ have won ‘to-nil’ in each of their two previous competitive H2H meetings with Madagascar.

Both games produced under 2.5 total goals, as have each of Tunisia’s last five games in the AFCON finals.

Players to watch: Andria has been the standout performer for Madagascar so far, with two goals and an assist to his name – all of which have come in the first quarter-hour after the break.

Naim Sliti was Tunisia’s top scorer in AFCON qualifiers, and has scored each of his last four international goals in the second half.