Our football match prediction:
There will be fireworks when Egypt and Tunisia face each other at Borg El Arab Stadium in the Group J derby. The Egyptians aim to extend their winning run in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to four games and they are surely determined to get their revenge on Tunisia for a 1-0 loss at Stade Olympique de Rades. As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Mohamed Salah, who found the net for Liverpool in a 2-0 win over Fulham at the weekend. Tunisia, on the other hand, aim to keep their 100A% record in Group J intact, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from Friday’s football game. Anyhow, the Pharaohs want this win more than the Tunisians and that is the main reason why home win should be considered this time out.
Highlighted Player (Mohamed Salah):
Mohamed Salah is considered one of the best African players. Salah began his senior career at El Mokawloon, scoring 11 goals in 41 league appearances for the club and in 2012 he moved to Europe, signing a four-year deal with Swiss side Basel. The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as a striker as well was producing outstanding displays for the RotBlau from 2012 to 2014 and, as a result, Chelsea chiefs decided to sign him on 26 January, 2015 for a fee of £11 million. Mohamed Salah, though, failed to impress in the Premier League and one year later he was sent on loan to Fiorentina. After making 16 league appearances for the Viola in the Serie A, the left-footed winger signed a loan deal with Roma on 6 August, 2015. The Romans made the contract permanent on 3 August, 2016. Speaking of his international career, Salah made his Egypt debut on 3 September, 2011 in a 2-1 loss to Sierra Leone. It has to be noted that he was named Roma’s player of the season (2015/2016).
Highlighted Team (Tunisia):
Tunisia are considered one of the most successful African teams. Les Aigles de Carthage (Eagles of Carthage) made their 18th appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, with the team suffering elimination in the quarter-finals of the tournament. In 2004 Tunisia won their first and only Africa Cup of Nations trophy as they defeated Morocco in the title game. Jaziri and Santos scored for the Eagles of Carthage in the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations final, with Mokhtari scoring a consolation goal for Morocco. Tunisia played in the final of the tournament in 1965 and 1996 as well, but they eventually finished as runners-up. Speaking of their appearances at the FIFA World Cup finals, the Tunisian national team participated at the major tournament on four occasions (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006), but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament. The colour of Tunisia’s home kit is white, while they play their away matches in red shirts and red shorts. Radhi Jaidi is the player with most caps for Tunisia (105).