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
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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.
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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.
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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