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
South Africa blew the tournament wide open in the round of sixteen. They knocked out hosts Egypt in a shock 1-0 victory. There are not many people who would have seen that coming. Can they take their journey further? Nigeria had to fight back from behind to knock out holders Cameroon in their round of sixteen tie. Read our Nigeria v South Africa betting tips for more.
South Africa 10/3
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 8th, 2019 at 8:47 p.m.)
The Super Eagles had a real ding-dong battle with Cameroon in the round of sixteen. Nigeria took the lead early in the game, but then into the second half were chasing the game at 2-1 down. But they produced the firepower to get themselves back in front to hold out for a 3-2 success. So that was a big scalp claimed by Nigeria in having knocked out the reigning champions. Back in the group stage Nigeria had only managed to finish second to the surprise package that is Madagascar. Nigeria had lost against them 2-0 in a top-spot showdown.
Nigeria are W5 D1 L2 in their eight games played this year. They have picked up a total of four clean sheets in that sequence of games. The two defeats which they have suffered in that run have been in their last five played though, a friendly against Senegal and then the group stage loss against Madagascar. Just two of their 2019 fixtures have now made it over 2.5 goals so it was surprising that their game against Cameroon went so high. The concern for the Super Eagles though is that is back to back games in which they have conceded two goals. Odion Ighalo is their top scorer in this tournament with three goals.
These two were in the same qualification group for AFCON 2019
South Africa were W1 D1 against Nigeria in those qualifiers
Four of the last five meetings have been drawn
Nigeria are W6 D4 L2 in the overall had to head with South Africa
South Africa set the cat amongst the pigeons in their round of sixteen tie against Egypt. They came up with a 1-0 win over the Egyptians, their goal coming from Thembinkosi Lorch five minutes from time. That was a major upset after the South Africans had only finished third in their group. They had finished behind Morocco and the Ivory Coast, with their three points, which were enough to get them to the knockouts coming in a win over Namibia.
South Africa have posted figures of W3 D1 L2 in their six fixtures during the 2019 calendar year. All three of their wins in that sequence were by one goal margin. The two defeats were 1-0 reverses. Just two of South Africa’s last eleven games have made it over 2.5 goals now. Both teams have scored in just three of South Africa’s last eleven fixtures. What do the Bafana Bafana have up their sleeve? Can they come up with something special to take down Super Eagles? Clearly, they aren’t going to care about their underdog status.
That was some show of resilience from South Africa in their win over Egypt. Will that have taken something out of them? The Super Eagles should have the edge in the fixture and will have some wind in their sails after coming up big against Cameroon. Nigeria to win.
8th July 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Quite a heavyweight clash coming up in the round of sixteen at the Cup of Nations. Nigeria qualified from the group stage in second place behind Madagascar. Cameroon also had to settle for a second place finish, missing out on the head to head against Ghana. Read our Nigeria v Cameroon betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 3rd, 2019 at 4:59 p.m.)
Nigeria were making steady progress through their group stage campaign, with back to back 1-0 wins over Burundi and Guinea. Both of the goals in those wins came after the 70th minute. But then there was a sizeable crash from them as they were taken out in a 2-0 reverse against Madagascar in their third group stage match. That left the Super eagles having to settle for second place. But still, they got through and will be facing up to another of the group runners up Cameroon. Will Nigeria have the goals in them to take their opponents down though?
Nigeria have scored just three goals in their last five games, failing to score in three of those fixtures. So they are not a major threat going forward and that was seen in the group stage. Just one of Nigeria’s last nine games have made it over 2.5 goals. To their credit, they have taken a clean sheet in four of their last six played. Since the beginning of September last year, the Super Eagles are W7 D3 L2 in twelve fixtures now.
Nigeria were W1 D1 against Cameroon in World Cup 2018 qualification
The Super Eagles are W4 D2 L2 in the overall head to head with Cameroon
Both teams have scored in one of the last three meetings
Cameroon are winless in six against Nigeria
Cameroon came through their group unscathed with five points. They opened with a 2-0 success over Guinea-Bissau before playing out back to back 0-0 draws with Ghana and Benin, which may have been fairly disappointing for them. Cameroon are though on a good undefeated streak of six games at the moment, winning half of those. They will point to their defensive strengths in not having conceded a goal yet at the tournament. Can they rediscover their scoring touch?
Cameroon were on a four-match scoring streak before back-to-back blanks. Looking back further at their form they are W2 D4 L1 in their last seven competitive games. So they aren’t running in red hot form currently. They have failed to score in four of their last five competitive fixtures as well. The Indomitable Lions are the reigning Cup of Nations Champions, winning their fifth title two years ago. They are going to have to start going up through the gears to get close to a title defence.
Tough to spot the winner in this contest. Looking back at the longer form it is Nigeria who slightly edges things here and they have been pretty decent in defence. Given the situation of this being a knockout tie, it isn’t likely going to produce a lot of goals in the game.
6th July 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
This will settle who finishes top in Group B of the Africa Cup of Nations. It is Nigeria leading the way having picked up maximum points from their two games. Madagascar would jump above them though with a win and they need to pick up a point to guarantee themselves as top two place. Read our Madagascar v Nigeria betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 10:29 p.m.)
This is Madagascar’s debut in the Africa Cup of Nations. They are having a good run at qualifying for the knockout stages as well. The Barea are ranked 107th in the world at the moment. They opened with a really positive result, a 2-2 draw against Guinea, who are ranked much higher than Madagascar are in the FIFA rankings. Early in the second half Madagascar were 2-1 up but conceded an equaliser from the penalty spot. They managed to land a win in their second fixture, taking a 1-0 success over Burundi.
They now need to collect a win against the Super Eagles to top the group, but a point sees them secure second place. Before their win over Burundi, Madagascar were on a six-match winless streak of form (D2 L4). During qualification for the Finals Madagascar took a W3 D1 L2 record from their campaign, their notable result a 2-2 draw against the strong Senegal. They have found the back of the net in four of their last five games played now, but it is their defence which is questionable. They have only the one clean sheet in their last seven games now.
Nigeria lead the head to head W3 D1 L0 against Madagascar
The most recent meeting was a 2-0 win over Nigeria in 2011
Madagascar have failed to score in their previous four against Nigeria
Nigeria are on a three-match winning streak over Madagascar
The Super Eagles are in decent form at the moment. They have taken back to back 1-0 wins so far in the tournament over Burundi and Guinea. Four of Nigeria’s last five-games have been settled by a 1-0 scoreline, the Super Eagles winning three of those four. Nigeria are W7 D3 L1 in their last eleven games now. Just one of their last seven games have made it over the 2.5 goal line. So this may not exactly be a high scoring match up between the two, especially with Nigeria only needing a point to top the group.
The Super Eagles have only managed to score three goals in their last five games, so they aren’t a prolific side in attack. That may allow Madagascar to get what they need out of this. Nigeria are looking to regain a bit of status in this continental tournament. They were the 2013 champions but failed to qualify for the last two editions. Nigeria topped their qualification group with a W4 D1 L1 record, averaging over two goals a game. They have only managed more than one goal in just one of their last eight fixtures now.
Madagascar may be able to get a point out of this. Nigeria aren’t exactly lighting up the tournament in front of goal and may well make some changes for this one, only needing a point to top the group. The draw in the match outright looks a decent option.
29th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Argentina never looked a solid team going into this tournament but the degree of collapse probably could not have been predicted. They are bottom of Group D going into the final round of matches and their fate is out of their own hands. They have to win to be in with a chance of squeezing through to the knockout phase, but that will be dependent too on Iceland not beating Croatia.
Nigeria 6/1* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.)
After losing their opening fixture against Croatia, Nigeria responded with a 2-0 success against Iceland. That was a precious win for their qualification hopes for the knockout phase of Russia 2018. Ahmed Musa got both of Nigeria’s goals against Iceland and with a bit of confidence and form there he is worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market. The win over Iceland snapped a five match winless streak that Nigeria were on, losing four of those games. So they are not a team in form and it does indicate overall that they are not in a particularly great place at the moment. Nigeria have failed to score in three of their last six games and are no particular threat. The 2-0 success over Iceland was the first time they have managed more than one goal in a game since beating Argentina 4-2 back in November last year.
That’s right Nigeria produced a big win over Argentina and that is what makes this rematch pretty interesting. If they do that again they will be sailing through to the round of 16. However they are underdogs for this one and we are going to roll with a both teams not to score option at 4/5 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.) regardless of the outcome. The clean sheet against Iceland snapped a nine match streak in which Nigeria had conceded a least one goal. So now there will have a bit of wind their sails and a point could get them across the finish line as long as Iceland don’t emphatically beat Croatia. So there is a thin line here for the Super Eagles and it may end up being a question whether they can hang on and avoid defeat.
Argentina have given up chances in this World Cup and they were totally destroyed 3-0 by Croatia in their second fixture. Croatia were always going to be the biggest threat to Argentina’s chances of winning this group, but that was a comprehensive defeat for the South Americans. Miraculously though they are not dead and buried yet and in the bet365 correct score market an Argentina 1-0 result is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.). While Nigeria will likely be sitting back in trying to contain, at some point they are are likely to need to come out and push for a goal. Argentina have lost three of their last six games (W2 D1) and you could see the frustration creeping into the game as Croatia ran riot over them in the second half of the contest. Argentina’s midfield was non-existent against Croatia and that by a large has been the big problem, getting service to their forward players.
Lionel Messi pretty much has had no service whatsoever and in both of their games so far he has ended up having to drop deep just trying to get on the ball which eliminates him as a threat up top for them. This is where they need something very special from Barcelona man. The loss against Croatia snapped a seven-match scoring streak that Argentina were on and they scored at least two goals in four of the seven games. They have already taken a hammering against Nigeria in the last year, can they avoid embarrassment in this crucial Group D qualification match? This is likely to be a tight affair and under 2.5 goals is at even money with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.).
Argentina are 5-2 up in the head-to-head and Nigeria with just one drawn match. Each of the last four meetings have actually all produced at least four goals per game, but we don’t see that happening this time around. As mentioned they met in a friendly back in November last year and Nigeria took a 4-2 win and they have met three times before at the World Cup most recently in 2014, with Argentina collecting a one-goal margin victory in each of those three contests.
We are going to throw some drama into the mix here and suggest for our Nigeria v Argentina betting tip that the South Americans can scrape out a win. They have absolutely nothing to lose here and as bad as they have been, Nigeria have been equally poor. We are going to roll with Argentina to win by a one goal margin.
26th June 2018 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting
Iceland got themselves a fantastic point against Argentina in their first ever World Cup match and now there’s a chance for them to really drive forward if they can get three points off of Nigeria. That would keep Group D wide open. Nigeria will be looking for a recovery after putting in a bit of an abject performance in a loss against Croatia in their opening match. Things are looking tight between then in our Nigeria v Iceland betting tips.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 19th, 2018 at 9:47 p.m.)
Nigeria slipped to a 2-0 loss against Croatia in their opener and were never really in the running. They are a side who are not running in any kind of form either as they have lost four of their last five games (D1). So things are not going well for them and they have failed to score in three of their last five fixtures as well. That points to this being a low scoring match up and under 2.5 goals at bet356 is at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 19th, 2018 at 9:47 p.m.). So the Africans are out of form and don’t appear to be any kind of major threat here but they are going to need to dig deep and actually push a little bit. There just doesn’t look as if there is going to be much to choose between these two and in the bet365 correct score market, there is decent value at 11/2 on the 1-1 draw* (Betting Odds were taken from June 19th, 2018 at 9:47 p.m.) cropping up. Given how lifeless Nigeria looked in their opener against Croatia, their commitment levels and confidence looking pretty low, they are in danger of bowing out of the competition in this fixture.
Iceland covered themselves in glory in holding out for a 1-1 draw against Argentina in their opening World Cup 2018 fixture. They fully deserved the point as well. They stayed organised, they put a tremendous amount of effort into everything they did and while they conceded a lot of possession and sat back, they looked really dangerous on the break and from set pieces because they are a big, physical side. That is a huge asset for them and it is something that will keep them in this. Like Nigeria though, Iceland are not carrying winning form as they are D2 L3 in their last five games played which isn’t great. But they have lost only one of their last six games at major tournaments now and they don’t actually look likely to lose. If Nigeria are as poor as they were in their opening game in this one, then Iceland really will have a chance to push on and grab those three points. In the bet365 first goalscorer market, it is Alfred Finnbogason who is the 5/1 favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from June 19th, 2018 at 9:47 p.m.) and he had a great game leading the line against Argentina.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the two countries.
We are going to roll with a draw in his one for our Nigeria v Iceland betting tips. Nigeria have to come out and play better than they did against Croatia, while Iceland are just going to be difficult to break down. This may just end in a solid draw.
22nd June 2018 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting
(Full time: 2:0 – goals: Etebo 32′ (OG), Modric 71′ (P))
This is action from the competitive Group D at the 2018 World Cup and it will give a good indicator of where these two are at in terms of making a qualification push. Croatia do look to be a good dark horse for the tournament and they are going as favourites in this fixture. The Super Eagles will just be a bit concerned about their dip in form ahead of the tournament, and Croatia v Nigeria predictions lean towards the Europeans coming out on top.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.)
Many punters will have looked at Croatia and have seen that they look competitive enough to go and put in a challenge to win Group D ahead of Argentina. A strong start is going to be needed from them in order to drive towards that. Croatia’s form in their last nine fixtures reads W5 D2 L2 and they completed their World Cup warm-ups with the 2-1 success over Senegal last Friday. There have only been the two wins in their last five games from Croatia and they have been struggling in front of goal. Under 2.5 goals is at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.) and has a great deal of appeal in our Croatia v Nigeria betting tips. Croatia have failed to score in three of their last five fixtures.
There are blessed with plenty of talent in the middle of the park and going forward they will be heavily reliant on Mario Mandzukic for goals and he is the 8/5 odds favourite in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.). Croatia had to get past Greece in the World Cup qualifying play-off round after only finishing second to Iceland in their group. Croatia have a lot of players playing at some of Europe’s elite clubs so they do look as if they should be competitive at the World Cup in the summer. Croatia are not all that bad at the back and only twice in their last nine games of the conceded more than one goal in a single game and one of those was the defeat against Brazil recently.
So the fixture does look as if it will be struggling for excitement on the scoreboard and as Croatia are trading as the favourites to win the match we are suggesting for Croatia v Nigeria betting tips that Croatia to win by a one-goal margin is value at 12/5 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.). Nigeria will just be concerned about their lack of form at the moment having lost three of their last four games played. Following a 2-1 loss against England at the start of June they produced disappointing 1-0 defeat against the Czech Republic in what was their final World Cup warm-up game. That loss against the Czech Republic is an indicator that they may well struggle in this game against Croatia who are a much higher quality opponent.
Nigeria have produced just two goals in total in their last four games and that is just another indicator for Croatia v Nigeria predictions that this is going to be a low goal-scoring affair. Indeed a both teams not to score option is at 4/6 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.) and that is well worth considering among your betting tips for this game. Another negative working against Nigeria that they have kept only one clean sheet in their last eight games, losing four of those. So they don’t look to be shaping up all that well for the challenge of the 2018 World Cup and they may fail to get anything on the board in this opening contest.
This will be the first meeting between Croatia and Nigeria.
Croatia do look good enough to make a run at winning this group and will need to get off to a confident start and our Croatia v Nigeria betting tips are going to be backing the Europeans to get a victory but only by a one-goal margin.
16th June 2018 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting
England’s warm up for the 2018 World Cup swings into action on the weekend as they play host to Nigeria. It will be important for the Three Lions to keep their confidence high ahead of the tournament and to carry on the positive project that manager Gareth Southgate has put in motion. Nigeria will be an interesting opponent for the Three Lions to go up against, with the Super Eagles doing well in their qualification for the World Cup.
England 2/5, Draw 3/1, Nigeria 6/1* (Betting Odds taken at 9:21 p.m. on May 28th, 2018)
You can’t say that England aren’t in form, they are on a good unbeaten streak at the moment, but the one thing that you would like to see more from them is in the goal-scoring department. Gareth Southgate has tried to implement a more positive attacking frame of mind and tactics but the Three Lions are still finding goals hard to come by. In total England have scored just four goals in their last six matches and remember in their World Cup 2018 qualification group they averaged less than two goals a game and that was with the likes of Lithuania and Malta in the group. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is 3/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 10:10 p.m. on May 28th, 2018) and given the recent run of results, that looks a pretty solid option. To their credit England have taken six clean sheets in their last eight games, conceding just two goals in total in that sequence of matches. England are unbeaten in eight matches now, and considering their last four have been against Germany, Brazil, Netherlands and Italy you could say there are pretty much holding steady. England have scored just the one goal in those four games against the stronger nations, and an England 1-0 correct score option at bet365 is at 9/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 10:10 p.m. on May 28th, 2018).
The Super Eagles put in a pretty good qualification campaign to reach the 2018 World Cup. They were actually in a tough little group where they had to deal with Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia. Nigeria came through the challenge with flying colours with a W4 D1 L1 record on the board and they did take convincing home wins over Cameroon and Algeria. So the Super Eagles will be heading to Russia 2018 bit of confidence and there they are in the competitive Group D alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia. Nigeria have lost just one of their last six matches which was a friendly defeat against Serbia back in March. Before that, they did take back-to-back wins over Argentina and Poland so there are just is that hint of a threat from them. If you fancy them to find a way through England’s defence, which would most likely happen in the second half, then the both teams to score option at bet365 is at 6/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 10:10 p.m. on May 28th, 2018). They will turn up and be competitive and will give England a really good workout.
You would be hopeful that England can find a way to get a win on board in this one at home. England do carry a lot of attacking promise, but their output hasn’t been very high lately and therefore the 1-0 win for them at Wembley may carry some appeal.
30th May 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
The odds on Nigeria to win against France in their second round clash are at 6/1 with online betting site Skybet, odds which would return big value. While that price puts the Super Eagles as underdogs for this battle, which isn’t surprising because they have won just one of their last eleven World Cup matches, but they could punish any French complacency.
The Super Eagles opened with a disappointing 0-0 draw against Iran in Group F, before taking an underdog victory against Bosnia to put themselves back in contention to qualify. Despite a loss against Argentina in their final group match, Iran’s failure to beat Bosnia in their last match put Nigeria through.
The Super Eagles have scored in all but one of their previous ten World Cup matches against European sides, and the brace which they scored against Argentina would have given them some good confidence to take into this one. They are aiming to become just the fourth African side ever to make it to the quarter finals.
They were underdogs in Group F and came through that trial, can they keep their tournament alive and take down France? The 6/1 odds on Nigeria to win against France which are available at Skybet are tempting. After all, Nigeria did win the only previous meeting between them, a 1-0 victory in France back in 2009.
The Africans clearly don’t have the kind of firepower that France have at their disposal, but if there are lapses at the back from Les Bleus, Nigeria do have the likes of Emmanuel Emenike and Peter Odemwingie to take chances. The best way for Nigeria to get at France is likely to be at pace on the break.
If you fancy the African underdogs to have their day, then snap up the fantastic odds of 6/1 on Nigeria to win at Skybet. The bookmaker is also running a great promotion for this match, where they will refund lost bets on select markets if France fail to win the game in 90 minutes.
29th June 2014 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting
Nigeria are heavy underdogs for this second round clash at the World Cup, and it’s not hard to see why. They will be going up against one of the best sides of the tournament so far in the French, and Les Bleus are likely to have too much in their ranks to be stopped by the Super Eagles. The odds on Nigeria to win against France are at 5/1, with the French at 1/2 for the victory.
Online bookmaker Stan James are offering a Money Back Special on the First and Last Goalscorer markets in the round of sixteen at the World Cup, if that particular game goes to extra time.
France looked very comfortable and competent in their group stage matches. They took convincing opening wins over Honduras and Switzerland, before playing out a routine 0-0 draw against Ecuador which secured them top spot in the group. This will be just the second meeting between the two nations, the previous coming together a friendly back in 2009 which the Super Eagles won 1-0. Just a word of caution for France, is that they have lost two of their last three against African opposition at the World Cup. Sandwiched in between defeats against Senegal and South Africa was a win over Togo.
But they are overwhelming favourites for this one, as they look a pretty strong force going forward. No other nation produced more shots at goal than France did during the group stage. Karim Benzema is on fire at international level, having scored nine goals in his last nine appearances and the Real Madrid man can be backed at 10/11 in the anytime goalscorer market. Olivier Giroud also looks pretty sharp and the Arsenal forward is 5/4 to net at any time. So they have the offensive threat to kill off games, and they have also won on their last three appearances in the second round of the World Cup. Incidentally, on each of the last five times they have made it past round one in the World cup, they have gone on to reach the semi finals. Good history there.
Nigeria drew a blank in a 0-0 draw in their opening group match against Iran, but then responded with a 1-0 win over Bosnia, a match which they had started as underdogs. That however, has been their only win in their last 11 matches played at the World Cup. The last two occasions in which they have been at this stage, they have lost as well. Both of those matches were incidentally against European opposition as well. It was only thanks to Iran failing to beat Bosnia in their final group match that the Super Eagles made it to this point. They don’t look particularly strong, they don’t have a lot of punch up front and their current form is poor too, having won just one of their last six.
The odds on Nigeria to win against France are just too long to warrant any kind of value whatsoever. The value is all on the French to roll on to the quarter finals with what should be a pretty routine victory in this one.
29th June 2014 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting