Algeria vs Nigeria predictions and betting tips for the African Cup of Nations Semi-Final on Sunday 14th July. Two African giants meet in the last four of the AFCONs.
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Riyad Mahrez is the headline name in the Algerian line-up and has played well so far. He looked dangerous against Ivory Coast in the Quarter Finals and his substitution will mean he’s fresh for Nigeria. Adam Ounas remains the competition’s top scorer, averaging a goal every 40 minutes and will be a dangerous option off the bench.
The Desert Warriors have only conceded once at this year’s tournament having kept shut outs against Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania and Guinea. A tough game against Ivory Coast went all the way to penalties but it could have been a very different story had Baghdad Bounedjah converted his spot-kick early in the 2nd half to give Algeria a 2-0 lead.
Nigeria’s progression to the Semi-Finals has been anything but straightforward. Narrow victories over Burundi and Guinea preceded the shock of the tournament as they lost to surprise package Madagascar. Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi helped see off holders, Cameroon, in an exciting 3-2 win in the first knock out round. Yet more drama was to come in the Quarter Finals with an 89th minute winner from William Paul Troost-Ekong saving the Super Eagles from extra time.
Algeria go into the tie as marginal favourites. Their tight defence has provided a strong base to build from, but Ivory Coast exposed some weaknesses and could have scored more than just once. Nigeria’s defence hasn’t looked quite as assured and it would be no surprise if Algeria were to breach it. At 9/5, Algeria to score 2+ goals is enticing for our Algeria v Nigeria betting tips too.
Nigeria will also be confident of notching having scored five times in the knockout stages. Algeria allowed Max Gradel to hit the post and Jonathan Kodjia a golden opportunity in the first half an hour. Another slow start and Nigeria could capitalise. Both teams to score is priced at 21/20 and looks to be good value.
It is set to be a tense encounter, but we fancy Algeria to have just enough to prevail.
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