Both soccer teams claimed notable scalps in the last 16 stage, with Nigeria accounting for defending champions Cameroon 3-2, while South Africa beat host nation and tournament favourites Egypt 1-0.
Prior to that, Nigeria came through the group stage by beating both Burundi and Guinea 1-0, before losing to the surprise team of the finals, Madagascar, 2-0. In their defence, the Super Eagles were already assured of their place in the last 16 so, although it was undeniably a hugely embarrassing loss, it wasn’t a particularly costly one.
South Africa lost two of their three group games, going down to 1-0 losses against both the Ivory Coast and Morocco. They owed their place in the last 16 as one of the best 3rd place group finishers with a 1-0 win over Namibia.
Nigeria vs South Africa Betting Lines & Pick
In terms of Africa Cup of Nations predictions, this might not be a vintage Nigerian roster compared to some in previous years, but they still look a stronger team than the South Africans overall and are therefore our ACON pick to win here and progress through to the semi-final stage.
In the Match Result (90 minutes) betting lines, Nigeria is odds of +105 (2.05) with 888sport, with the draw available at +200 (3.00) at bet365 and the line on South Africa is at +342 (4.42) with Sports Interaction.
Looking at the Correct Score betting lines, this has the look of a low-scoring encounter, so a 1-0 win for Nigeria at +400 (5.00) with bet365 could prove a profitable Africa Cup of Nations bet.
In the ‘Anytime Goalscorer’ betting market, Odion Ighalo could be the pick to score at +210 (3.10) with bet365.
Pick: Match Result (90 minutes) – Nigeria to Win @ +105 (2.05) with 888sport