Nigeria meet South Africa at the quarter-final stage of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations at the Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday.
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