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