Senegal vs Tunisia: Team news, predictions & likely lineups

African Football By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 13/07/2019

Senegal face Tunisia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals at June 30 Stadium on Sunday evening as they look to reach their first continental final since 2002. 

The Lions of Teranga are the favorites to win the tournament, having conceded just one goal in five games, while Tunisia, on the other hand, have been less impressive but did thump Madagascar 3-0 in the quarter-finals

Team News 

Senegal have no fresh injury or suspension concerns and are expected to name an unchanged lineup, with the only selection dilemma for coach Aliou Cisse being whether to play Keita Balde or Ismaila Sarr on the wing. 

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy picked up an injury in the tournament opener against Morocco and remains out of contention.

Tunisia have a fully fit squad to select from, after Wahbi Khazri recovered from a thigh problem to play in the quarter-finals. 

Head to Head

In all competitions, Tunisia have won nine times against Senegal, drawing seven and losing four, making them historically the better side in clashes between the two.

Their most recent matchup, however, saw Senegal come out as the victors - a 2017 African Cup of Nations tie, which the Lions of Teranga won 2-0. 

Recent Form

Senegal have been on fire this tournament, winning four games out of five and keeping clean sheets in all of those victories. 

Their only blip was a 1-0 defeat to Algeria in the group stage; a defeat which meant they finished second in their group. 

Tunisia, on the other hand, have stumbled their way into the semis, drawing all three group stage games and their last 16 ties with Ghana, which they subsequently won on penalties. 

A comprehensive 3-0 thrashing of minnows Madagascar followed, but nevertheless, Tunisia have been less convincing than their opponents in this tournament. 

Predicted Lineups Senegal: Gomis; Gassama, Kouyate, Koulibaly, Sabaly; Saivet, Ndiaye, Gueye; Mane, Niang, Keita.

Predicted Lineups Tunisia: Hassen; Kechrida, Bronn, Meriah, Haddadi; Chaalali, Skhiri, Sassi; Khazri, Khenissi, Msakni. 

Prediction: Senegal 2-0 Tunisia