Crunch Time at the Afrika Cup! The semi-final is on the program. For long stretches, there was an almost inflationary loss of favorites in Egypt, but now four teams have qualified for the semi-finals, which were quite likely to be expected there in advance. We are looking for the two finalists, both semifinals are absolutely open.
Football Betting Tips Algeria vs Nigeria
In the encounter between Algeria and Nigeria there is a slight tendency in the bookmakers towards the desert fox, but what does that mean in a semi-final at a big tournament? Both teams certainly have what it takes to win a slot in the final, or even win the 2019 Africa Cup.
Perhaps the best team of the tournament was probably Algeria. However, this assessment is rather subjective. After all, the desert fox next to Tunisia, the only team that has lost no game at the African Cup. Perhaps this is a first indication of a prediction for a victory of the North Africans in the semi-final between Algeria and Nigeria, although the Super Eagles have found more and more in their form during the tournament. The role of a serious title contender has not changed in the team of Gernot Rohr. Despite a defeat against Madagascar in the group stage, the West Africans are, at least according to the results, reasonably confiscated in this semi-final. However, the Nigerians were in the playoffs several times on the edge.
This is the fascination of the knockout rounds, which is all about well-being and woe. Generally, we value the North Africans a bit more in this duel. Therefore, the tendency before the semi-final between Algeria and Nigeria to a tip on the finals of the desert fox. But we do not want to rule out anything before this duel, which means: The Super Eagles are also in a position to decide this game, especially as in such matches the luck of the game is not to be dismissed as an important factor.
Djamel Belmadi is a friend of unpopular decisions. So some well-known Algerians had to wait in vain for their nomination for the Africa Cup, but the success proves the coach right. At first it was still criticized in the home that Islam Slimani and Yacine Brahimi play only a minor role in the African Cup, but also in this case, the Algerian coach has apparently done everything right.
In general, the desert foxes have been on the road to success for several months. Algeria has not lost in eleven games and celebrated six wins in a row. This means that in the duel between Algeria and Nigeria, the odds look attractive to an Algerian victory. Much better conditions to win the Africa Cup in 2019, there is probably not. In addition, the North Africans have suffered only a single goal in the running African Cup in 480 minutes. Defensively the desert foxes are very neat and that could be the bargaining chip for maybe two more successful matches in Egypt. A certain humility should, however, be required, because in the quarterfinals the end would have been very possible.
Ivory Coast turned on first and met already in the initial phase only the post. Gradually Algeria took the command and came after 20 minutes by a goal by Sofiane Feghouli to 1: 0 lead. Several times the desert foxes missed to close the bag afterwards. Among other things, Baghdad Bounedjah missed a penalty shortly after the break and thus the chance of the decision.
“I am very pleased to be in the semi-finals with three World Cup participants. Nigeria is going to be a very difficult task, but we are ready to jump that hurdle, too. ” – Djamel Belmadi
The Ivorern still managed to draw and at the end of the day had to decide the penalty shootout. Keeper Rais M’Bolhi was the hero there and Algeria is in the semifinals. Coach Djamel Belmadi is very proud of his players and was pleased to note that, in addition to the Algerians, there are only three participants in the last World Championship in the race. Apparently, the coach has found his ancestral home, to which Islam Slimani and Yacine Brahimi should not continue to belong. For the Algerians must replace the shouldered on the shoulder right-back Youcef Atal. Mehdi Zeffane should be the logical alternative in this position.
Expected formation of Algeria:
➱ M’Bolhi – Bensebaini, Benlamri, Mandi, Zeffane – Guedioura, Feghouli, Bennacer – Belaili, Mahrez, Bounedjah
➱ Coach: Belmadi
Last matches from Algeria:
⚽️ 11.07.2019 – Ivory Coast vs Algeria 4: 5 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 07.07.2019 – Algeria Vs. Guinea 3: 0 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 01.07.2019 – Tanzania Vs. Algeria 0: 3 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 27.06.2019 – Senegal Vs. Algeria 0: 1 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 23.06.2019 – Algeria Vs. Kenya 2: 0 (Africa Cup)
Gernot Rohr is an experienced coach and has experienced a lot with his now 66 years, also and maybe especially on the black continent. The German-Frenchman was a coach in Gabon, Niger, Burkina Faso and now in Nigeria. For the first time, he has now managed to lead a team in the semi-final at the Africa Cup. But it has to be said that the other teams that Gernot Rohr took care of in Africa were far from quality like the Super Eagles.
Therefore, the coach hopes to expand his engagement in Nigeria, and would like to lead this team to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. This remains a dream of the future, because the current constitution is more important. Nigeria have won four of their five games at the African Cup, losing only to Madagascar but eliminating the Cameroon defender. Nevertheless, the betting odds suggest that the bookmakers in the game between Algeria and Nigeria rather make a prediction on the desert foxes.
That’s because the success of the Super Eagles in Egypt is also a bit of window dressing. The Nigerians did not really convince at the 2019 Africa Cup. In the preliminary round, the team of Gernot Rohr struggled for two lackluster victories against Burundi and Guinea. In the playoffs, the West African had great trouble against Cameroon and also against South Africa. The Bafana Bafana were even better in the quarter-finals, but Samuel Chukwueze scored the Nigerian lead after half an hour. South Africa scored the equalizer in the middle of the second half, but after a corner, William Troost-Ekong made it 2-1 in the final minute of the Lucky Punch.
“My team is mentally strong and very disciplined. You do not have that often in Africa. Our big adventure in Egypt should continue. ” – Gernot Rohr
This success keeps Gernot Rohr dreaming of a big triumph at the African Cup, and once again puts his players’ mental strength to the fore. In the semifinals, captain John Obi Mikel could move into the team, who after knee problems fully back into training. For Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo and Chidozie Awaziem have suffered against South Africa Blessuren. Overall, however, it looks as if the four mentioned players could play against Algeria from the start.
Expected formation of Nigeria:
➱ Akpeyi – Collins, Omeruo, Troost-Ekong, Awaziem – Ndidi, Obi Mikel – Musa, Iwobi, Chukwueze – Ighalo
➱ Trainer: Rohr
Last matches of Nigeria:
⚽️ 10.07.2019 – Nigeria Vs. South Africa 2: 1 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 06.07.2019 – Nigeria Vs. Cameroon 3: 2 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 30.06.2019 – Madagascar Vs. Nigeria 2: 0 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 26.06.2019 – Nigeria Vs. Guinea 1: 0 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 22.06.2019 – Nigeria Vs. Burundi 1: 0 (Africa Cup)
Algeria vs Nigeria Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
To date, the teams from Algeria and Nigeria met to 16 internationals. In direct comparison, the Super Eagles are ahead with 7: 5 wins. Three duels ended with a draw. Twice these two teams faced each other already in the final of the African Cup. In 1980 Nigerians retained the upper hand in their own country. In 1990, the Algerians were able to return the favor in their homeland.
The last two matches were in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. In Nigeria, the Super Eagles won 3-1. The second leg in Algeria ended with goals from John Ogu and Yacine Brahimi 1-1. The match was rated 3: 0 for Nigeria, because in the desert foes the yellow-banned Abdullahi Shehu was used.
Algeria vs Nigeria Our Football Betting Tips Explained
Nigeria has of course performed successfully, otherwise the Super Eagles would not have penetrated to the semi-finals. However, the team of Gernot Rohr has hardly convinced, although there were four wins in five games. The desert foxes played much better and won all their games in Egypt. For this reason, we favor in this semi-final between Algeria and Nigeria a tip for a victory of the North Africans. After all, Algeria is undefeated for eleven games.
Key Facts – Algeria vs Nigeria tips
♦️ Algeria have been unbeaten in eleven matches and were last allowed to win six consecutive wins
♦️ Nigeria have won four out of five games in the regular season at the Africa Cup
♦️ The duel between Algeria and Nigeria has already been twice in the final of the African Cup
Nevertheless, it should be noted that in this duel actually everything can happen. It will depend on the form of the day, who can secure the ticket for the final at the end. Both teams have the qualities to be in the final of the continental championships. We settle down and use in the semi-final between Algeria and Nigeria, the odds on a success of the desert fox after 90 minutes. With odds of up to 2.70 we think we recognize the value.
Betting Tips: 1 (Algeria)