The second semi-final at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations is expected to be a pretty tight affair. Algeria were powerful through the group stage and have really looked quite a strong force to be reckoned with. The Super Eagles made pretty hard work of getting the better of outsiders South Africa in their quarter-final match. Read our Algeria v Nigeria betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 12th, 2019 at 7.30 p.m.)
Algeria powered their way to three straight wins in the group stage and they didn’t concede a single goal in that run of fixtures either. The Algerians averaged two goals per game in their three group stage games. They kept up their strong form when they hit the round of sixteen when they were up against Guinea. The Desert Foxes ran to a 3-0 win. That moved them ahead to a quarter-final tie against the Ivory Coast. That presented them with their toughest challenge of the campaign so far. Sofiane Feghouli opened the scoring for Algeria but they were pegged back in the second half and Algeria had to book their semi final place via a penalty shoot out.
The Desert Foxes are on an extended streak of undefeated form. They are W8 D3 in their last eleven games. They have suffered just one defeat in their last fourteen, which is highly impressive stuff. The goal that they conceded against the Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals is the only goal that they have shipped at the tournament, so they are not going to give up much. Top scorer for them in this year’s competition is Adam Ounas who has tallied the three goals. They have Riyad Mahrez and Youcef Balaili right behind on two apiece. This is only the second time that Algeria have been to the semi-finals since being crowned champions in 1990.
The last meeting ended in a 1-1 draw in World Cup 2018 qualifying
Nigeria are W6 D1 L1 against Algeria in the head to head
Niger have won five of the last six meetings
Algeria trail 1-3 in previous Afcon games
Nigeria will probably have been highly frustrated with themselves after the close of the group stage. That’s because they only managed second place having started as favourites to win it. They were beaten to the punch by Madagascar. In the round of sixteen, they were up against Cameroon, the holders. That was a game which swung back and forth drastically. Nigeria blew a lead and had to end up chasing the game. The Super Eagles got a 3-2 success to put them through to a quarter-final fixture against South Africa.
South Africa started as a fairly hefty outsider for this tournament and were poor through the group stage. But Nigeria made hard work of beating them, taking a 2-1 success in the end. Nigeria’s top scorer is Odion Ighalo with three goals so far. Nigeria have produced a W6 D1 L2 record in their nine games. Each of their last five wins have all been by a one-goal margin. They have failed to pick up a clean sheet in any of their last three played now, which will be a little bit of a concern. Nigeria actually have a good record at the Africa Cup of Nations as they have only failed to finish at least third in three of their past seventeen previous appearances in the Finals.
Algeria are the ones who are carrying the stronger form without question. The Super Eagles have looked a bit patchy and they don’t look to be a tremendous threat, certainly not in attack. Algeria have nothing to fear here and can collect the victory, likely with a clean sheet in tow as well.
13th July 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Both secured good solid victories in their round of sixteen ties, where neither conceded. Algeria are currently second-favourites to win the tournament outright, which leaves the Elepehants as big underdogs for this game. However, Ivory Coast have been edging the head to head against the Algerians. Read our Ivory Coast v Algeria betting tips for more.
Ivory Coast 3/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 9th, 2019 at 7:14 p.m.)
The Ivory Coast only finished in second place in the group stage of this year’s Cup of Nations. That was behind Morocco who the Elephants lost to. They took wins over South Africa and Namibia in the group. That sent the Ivory Coast through to the round of sixteen where they were up against Mali. That was a tight game with the Ivory Coast winning 1-0 thanks to a lone goal from Wilfried Zaha. That leaves him as their top scorer in the competition with the two goals.
The Elephants have won four of their last five games played now and during the 2019 calendar year, they are W7 L2 from nine games. The two defeats which they have taken in that sequence of games were both by a 1-0 scoreline. Interestingly in their last four wins, two have been by a 1-0 scoreline and the other two were 4-1 successes. They were the championship winners back in 2015 but fell at the group stage in their defence two years later.
All six previous meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Ivory Coast are W3 D2 L1 in the head to head against Algeria
Both teams have scored in each of the last five meetings
Ivory Coast are unbeaten in their last four against Algeria (W2 D2)
The Desert Foxes sailed through their round of sixteen tie against Guinea. They romped to a 3-0 success and were pretty much unchallenged there. They had also won Group C of this year’s competition with three straight wins. They scored six unanswered goals in the group stage in their three games, so that is no goal conceded in this campaign from them at all. With Egypt having taken an early tumble, Algeria are right up there as second favourite to win outright.
Algeria have Adam Ounas on three goals for the tournament, making him the joint top scorer. Riyad Mahrez has weighed in with a couple as well. It is really back since the middle of November last year that Algeria have been in hot form. They have peaked just at the right time with having gone W8 D2 in their last ten games. They are currently on a five-match winning streak and they scored at least two goals in four of those five wins. The last time they made it past the quarters was in 1990 when they went on to win.
Algeria look very good value for money at the moment. They are on a fantastic run of form, aren’t conceding and are up against an Ivory Coast side who don’t look to be a major threat in front of goal. Algeria to win to nil.
11th July 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Algeria delivered a group win with three wins out of three and they are one of the front runners to lift the title this year. After such a convincing group stage campaign they are favourites to get through this round of sixteen tie. They are taking on Guinea who came through as one of the best third-placed teams. Read our Algeria v Guinea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 4th, 2019 at 5:13 p.m.)
There were no troubles for Algeria in their group stage campaign. They opened with a 2-0 win over Kenya, took out Senegal 1-0 in what was on paper their toughest match, before easing to a big win over Tanzania. That is six unanswered goals which they came up with in their group stage campaign. So it all came up roses for them. Their top scorer in the tournament after the three games is Adam Ounas with two goals.
Former Leicester City players Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani have both netted a goal each. Alergia are currently on a four-match winning streak at the moment and they are undefeated in their last nine now (W7 D2). They have lost just one of their last twelve, so they are a major force. They have picked up four clean sheets in their last six games and they are currently on a nine-match scoring streak. So they will be fully expected to make progress through this tie.
Algeria beat Guinea 2-1 in June 2017 in a friendly.
Guinea are W2 D2 L1 in their five previous games against Algeria
Guinea have only failed to score in one of their previous five against Algeria
The last two meetings have both gone over 2.5 goals
Guinea, who had no form behind them coming into the tournament, had some struggles in the group stage. They picked up a point in their opening game against Madagascar, before losing narrowly to Nigeria. It was then three points which they earned from their final group stage game, thanks to a 2-0 success over Burundi. That win snapped a long eight-match winless streak of form that they had been on (D4 L4).
Guinea have scored in three of their last four games now, so that is some kind of positive that they can look at. Their win over Burundi gave them their first clean sheet in six though. Guinea failed to qualify for the 2017 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations but they have been to the quarterfinals in four of their last five appearances in the tournament. Can they pull off a big upset and make it back to the final eight?
Algeria should get through this round of sixteen tie, as they are the ones with the extra touches of quality in their squad. It may be worth backing Guinea to get something on the board at least in the game, having looked at the head to head. Algeria to win & both teams to score.
6th July 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Tanzania will be going home after this, even if they win. They don’t have any points on the board and can beat neither Kenya or Senegal in the match head to heads, having lost against both of them. Algeria will be moving through as the group winners. Read our Tanzania v Algeria betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 30th, 2019 at 8:09 p.m.)
Tanzania have only a bit of pride left to play for. They opened with a 2-0 defeat in a difficult game against Senegal. Then they had twice taken the lead against Kenya, but couldn’t hold on for even a precious point out of that fixture, falling 3-2. So if they were to win this and the game between Senegal and Kenya produced a losing team, because of having lost against both of those, Tanzania won’t beat either of them in the head to head tiebreaker.
So it’s all over bar the shouting for them. This is just their second ever participation in the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. Their first one, back in 1980 ended in a group stage exit, taking just one point. Tanzania have lost three of their last four games now (D1) and since September last year have managed just the two successes (W2 D2 L5). So they don’t look too capable of pulling off an upset really.
The two last met in 2015 with Algeria taking a 7-0 win
Algeria are W1 D3 in their four games against
Both teams have scored in each of the four previous meetings
The two previous AFCON meetings ended in 1-1 draws
Algeria are well on course for top spot in this group them. They have secured back to back wins, first of all getting a 2-0 win over Kenya and then edging Senegal 1-0. The game against Senegal was pegged as their most difficult, so they are over that hurdle. They only need a point to secure progress as group winners. But they can afford to lose this and they will still win the group, even if Senegal end up the same points as them. That’s because of Algeria having beaten them.
So Algeria can afford to rest some key players for the game in this one. Algeria are now on a three-match winning streak at the moment. They are currently undefeated in their last eight games played, winning six of those. They are one of the stronger teams taking part in the competition. They have suffered just one defeat in their last eleven games, so are in fine form. They are W3 D1 in their last four competitive matches and have back to back clean sheets.
Algeria are the stronger of the two teams in this one and they are facing a winnable fixture here. They may not have to exactly go full strength at this one because of the situation in the group. But still, Tanzania don’t look strong enough to get anything out of this. Algeria to win.
30th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting