Algeria vs Nigeria | 2019 AFCON Betting Preview & Tip (14.07.2019)
There will be fireworks when Algeria and Nigeria square off against each other at Cairo International Stadium in the 2019 AFCON semis in what is expected to be a very entertaining encounter. William Troos-Ekong’s late goal helped Our Boys book their place in the semis where they face the Desert Warriors, who have been producing thrilling performances at the tournament in Egypt. Algeria and Nigeria seem to be evenly matched ahead of Sunday’s showdown, meaning that even the slightest mistake could separate the two old rivals in the semi-finals.
Beware of Mahrez, Algeria’s main threat
Over the years Riyad Mahrez has established himself as one of the best African. Mahrez helped Manchester City clinch the 2018/2019 Premier League trophy, with the pacey winger finding the net in the 4-1 win over Brighton on the last day of the season. The Man City ace has already netted two goals at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and, no doubt, all eyes will be on him when the Super Eagles face Algeria in the semi-finals of the showpiece tournament.
Speaking of his record against Nigeria, Riyad Mahrez represented the Desert Warriors on two occasions in encounters with Our Boys. The Premier League star provided an assist for Nabil Bentaleb in a 3-1 defeat to the Super Eagles, but he failed to impress in a 1-1 draw with Nigeria at Stade Mohamed-Hamlaoui in the reverse fixture the following year. You should bear in mind that Mahrez scored 12 goals in 34 appearances for Algeria, who are 5/2 at Betway to win the trophy.
Both Sofiane Feghouli and Youcef Atal were force to leave the pitch through injury during the quarter-finals clash against Ivory Coast. The former Valencia winger, who found the net in the victory over the Elephants, could recover in time to face Nigeria in the semis, but he will certainly be assessed ahead of the match. Feghouli is a first-team regular at Galatasaray, scoring 9 goals in 29 appearances for the capital club in the 2018/2019 Turkish Super Lig campaign.
Youcef Atal, on the other hand, is likely to miss the rest of the tournament, with Medhi Zeffane likely to step up for the Nice defender. Atal has no more than 9 caps for Algeria, but seeing that he was born in May, 1996 a bright future is ahead of him. The Desert Warriors coach Djamel Belmadi has no other selection worries ahead of the Super Eagles game.
Our Boys brimming with confidence
Nigeria were on the verge of sharing the spoils with South Africa in 90 minutes, but Our Boys wanted to get their job done before extra-time, with prolific defender William Troost-Ekong finding the back of the net in the dying minutes of the match. The Super Eagles are high on confidence ahead of the 2019 AFCON semis and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Algeria.
Coach Gernot Rohr has a full squad to choose from, but Our Boys will have to be at their sharpest in Sunday’s clash if they are to reach their 8th Africa Cup of Nations final. Nigeria have won three AFCON trophies to date (1980, 1994, 2013) and despite the fact that the German tactician can’t count on too many world-class players, Nigeria’s chances of regaining the title are anything but slim. Odion Ighalo has been scoring goals for fun at the tournament in Egypt and the former Premier League star is likely to lead the line for the Super Eagles against Algeria.
Desert Warriors suit Super Eagles
It has been 29 years since Algeria recorded their last win over Nigeria. Back then the Desert Warriors defeated the Super Eagles 1-0 at the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations, but it has to be noted that Our Boys are undefeated in previous eight meetings with North African side. When the two countries met in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers Nigeria outplayed Algeria 3-1 at Akwa Ibom Stadium, with the two teams sharing the spoils (1-1) in the reverse fixture at Stade Chahid-Hamlaoui.
When Nigeria and Algeria take on each other on the international stage fans often see goals galore. 14 years ago the Super Eagles recorded a thrilling 5-2 win over the Desert Warriors in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers and, no doubt, Our Boys want the history to be repeated. Anyhow, a lively contest is on the cards at Cairo International Stadium as both teams have been producing scintillating showings at the 2019 AFCON.
Our Algeria vs Nigeria Betting Tip – 2019 Africa Cup Semi-Finals
Nigeria have been impressive in front of goal in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations knockout stages, with the team scoring five goals in total in back-to-back wins over Cameroon and South Africa. The Super Eagles are widely expected to extend their goal-scoring run against the Desert Warriors and given Algeria’s attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score.
14 goals in total have been netted in previous four meetings between the two countries, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score, which is priced 21/20 at LionsBet. Check out other betting markets at LionsBet.