Odion Ighalo of Nigeria

Nigeria vs South Africa: Tight tussle on the cards

Kick-off: 2000, 10/07/2019

Stadium: Cairo International Stadium

TV: Eurosport

South Africa caused a major upset when knocking hosts Egypt out of the Africa Cup of Nations and can now push Nigeria all the way in the quarter-finals.

Bafana Bafana are unbeaten in their last five encounters with the Super Eagles, notably taking four points off them in qualifying for this tournament.

However, four of those games did end up in stalemate, including the most recent meeting in Johannesburg eight months ago.

We’re expecting another tight tussle in Cairo and 39/20 for a draw after normal time is our initial Nigeria vs South Africa prediction.

A Look At Nigeria’s Betting Odds

At this event, Nigeria finished second in Group B after beating Burundi and Guinea 1-0, before going down 2-0 to Madagascar when resting players.

The Super Eagles were back to full strength when edging out Cameroon 3-2 at the last-16 stage, with former Watford striker Odion Ighalo bagging a brace and Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi also netting.

Ighalo commented: “It was a tough game against the defending champions and to come back in the way that we did, I am proud of the team.

“We did not give up and we fought until the end. This is a morale-boosting win for us.”

The Super Eagles are expected to dominate possession early on, so 3/1 for Ighalo to strike first again is worth a saver from the Nigeria vs South Africa odds.

A Look At South Africa’s Betting Odds

South Africa had to rely on being one of the best third-placed teams after losing 1-0 to Ivory Coast and Morocco in Group D, either side of beating Namibia by the same scoreline.

They were then expected to be sacrificial lambs against hosts Egypt at this venue, but Bafana Bafana had not read the script.

The Pharaohs produced a lacklustre display and were punished by Thembinkosi Lorch’s 85th-minute strike.

Percy Tau and Thulani Hlatshwayo had earlier gone close for the underdogs, before Lebo Mothiba set up Lorch on a counter-attack.

The 1996 winners are through to just their second quarter-final since 2002 and lack the star names of some teams at this tournament.

However, they are a resilient bunch and have yet to concede a first-half goal, which makes 23/20 for 0-0 at the interval worth adding to our Nigeria vs South Africa betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

NIGERIA 3-2 Cameroon – Ighalo (2), Iwobi

Egypt 0-1 SOUTH AFRICA – Lorch

Head-to-head: South Africa 1-1 Nigeria, Nigeria 0-2 South Africa, South Africa 1-1 Nigeria, Nigeria 2-2 South Africa

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