In the second round of the Africa Cup, there are many games that seem relatively clear at first glance. But there is also a meeting between two absolute big players of African football. The Super Eagles from Nigeria meet the indomitable lions from Cameroon. The threefold title winner will meet the five-time winner and defending champion. Much more is not possible in Africa. Both have not yet fully convinced in this tournament. Against this background, it is almost logical that one of these two teams already has to cut the sails in the round of the last sixteen, even if this pairing, in name, could have been well presented as a final.
Nigeria finished second in the qualifying round behind Madagascar and lost even surprisingly to the islanders. Against Guinea and Burundi, you could barely prevail. Gernot Rohr will not be satisfied with the preliminary round of his team and yet give the experts before the knockout stages between Nigeria and Cameroon rather a prediction on a success of the Super Eagles. Cameroon has suffered one win and two draws, but only through the preliminary round. Of refreshing offensive football is the defending champion no trace. Even if this round of 16 finals sounds like a blast, there are some question marks in sports. There is still a great deal of explosive power, however, as both teams have not only been fighting for years for football supremacy on the black continent, but are also still geographically neighbors.
Football Betting Tips Nigeria vs Cameroon
The audience will experience a true derby, which in Europe might be comparable to Belgium versus Netherlands. Due to the performance of these two nations so far, it is difficult to give a tip with interesting odds in the match between Nigeria and Cameroon. Theoretically we can imagine everything. But if both heavyweights appear as they did in the group stage, then it certainly will not be a treat.
Gernot Rohr decided to give up Kalechi Iheanacho before the African Cup. Maybe the German-French coach of the Super Eagles has scored an own goal. Goals are exactly the problem of the Nigerians. Two goals in three games against opponents like Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar are simply not enough. Therefore, it could be quite problematic in the further course of the African Cup. Overall, Nigeria have been able to celebrate just two goals in their last five games. Whether the Super Eagles belong to the favorite circle on the title, we leave it a question. But we think that it requires a substantial increase, especially on offense, in order to remain in the tournament. In general, though, in this duel between Nigeria and Cameroon, we would rather ignore odds on over-goals. We do not expect that the spectators in Alexandria experience a football festival.
From the Nigerian point of view, there was no such thing in the final group match against Madagascar. Nigeria were already in the last sixteen after two wins, but the group win was not yet sealed. One point would have been enough to get the supposedly easier opponents in the playoffs, but the Super Eagles bit their teeth on the compact defensive of the Malagasy.
“I know that we have problems scoring goals, especially against defensively well-organized teams.” – Gernot Rohr
So it came, how it had to come and Nigeria lost almost sensationally with 0: 2. Of course, coach Gernot Rohr could not be satisfied with that. The content of the training sessions before the round of 16 was therefore adjusted to the goal completion. The problems with the goals obviously did not go unnoticed by the coach. Personally, we can imagine one or the other change. Alex Iwobi and Moses Simon may be two candidates who could provide momentum on the offensive. Wilfred Ndidi is a player who should stand in the defensive midfield for more stability. Absence is only Abdullahi Shehu, who must fit well with muscular complaints.
Expected formation of Nigeria:
↳ Ezenwa – Aina, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Awaziem – Etebo, Ndidi – Musa, Obi Mikel, Iwobi – Ighalo
↳ Trainer: Rohr
Last matches of Nigeria:
⚽️ 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)
⚽️ 16.06.2019 – Senegal Vs. Nigeria 1-0 (Non-FIFA Friendlies)
⚽️ 08.06.2019 – Nigeria Vs. Zimbabwe 0: 0 (friendly)
No, it is no longer the team of the indomitable lions, in which big names like Samuel Eto’o or Rigobert Song can be found. Cameroon does not currently have the team that can cause a sensation on the pitch. Therefore, the Cameroonian squirrel currently feeds only with difficulty. After all, the team of Clarence Seedorf remained in the first round of the African Cup without conceding, but has just as Nigeria scored two goals. So there are also big problems in the offensive for the defending champion. Even Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting is not able to forget these worries. After all, the Cameroonians have been undefeated for seven games. At least that gives hope that the playoffs can go a long way. However, before the kick-off of the knockout stage between Nigeria and Cameroon, we would not be predictive of many goals and an outstanding game. In practice games, there is often the rule of who scores the next goal, who wins. It could be the same between the Super Eagles and the indomitable lions, but from the very first minute.
After all, Cameroon won the first game of the tournament 2-0 against Guinea-Bissau for themselves. Then it was really tough. A 0-0 draw against Ghana was okay so far, but also against Benin last Tuesday was just a goalless draw. Nevertheless, coach Clarence Seedorf believes that his team is playing a good tournament so far.
“We can be satisfied with our game. All that is missing is the small details and the precision. In football there are times when not everything works 100 percent. ” – Clarence Seedorf
Often it lacks the last pass, which is why the Dutchman a little criticized the precision. Overall, he is happy with the fact that he reached the round of 16. Let’s see if he can still hold that opinion after the game against Nigeria. From a personal point of view, it looks like there are no big changes. This is also because Clarence Seedorf does not have the big alternatives in the squad. Clinton N’Jie might be a candidate who could bring fresh wind to the attack.
Expected formation of Cameroon:
↳ Onana – Oyongo, Banana, Ngadeu Ngadjui, Fai – Djoum, Client Malong, Zambo Anguissa, Choupo-Moting – Toko Ekambi, Bahoken
↳ Trainer: Seedorf
Last matches from Cameroon:
⚽️ 02.07.2019 – Benin Vs. Cameroon 0-0 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 29.06.2019 – Cameroon vs. Ghana 0: 0 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 25.06.2019 – Cameroon vs. Guinea-Bissau 2: 0 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 14.06.2019 – Cameroon vs. Mali 1: 1 (friendly)
⚽️ 10.06.2019 – Alcorcon Vs. Cameroon 0:11 (Friendly Match)
Nigeria vs Cameroon Direct Comparison & Stats Highlights
Only 18 times the teams from Nigeria and Cameroon faced each other in the derby. The direct comparison speaks clearly with 10: 3 victories for the Super Eagles. Five games ended in a draw. Alone three times these two nations faced each other in the final of the Africa Cup. In 2000, at the African Cup in Nigeria, the indomitable lions won their last victory against their neighbors. In the final, Cameroon won the title on penalties. Since then, the Nigerians remained undefeated in five direct duel. The last match was in the African qualifier for the World Cup in Russia on the program. In Cameroon, the opponents separated with a 1-1 draw. Moses Simon took Nigeria into the lead. Vincent Aboubakar scored the equalizer.
Nigeria vs Cameroon Football Betting Tips Explained
So far, neither Nigeria nor Cameroon have been able to convince at the African Cup of Nations 2019. Both teams have just scored twice during the tournament. This is not exactly an indication that we should give a tip on many hits in the second round between Nigeria and Cameroon, rather the opposite is likely to be the case. After all, the indomitable lions have not lost since seven games. Maybe the defending champion might be slightly favored from our point of view. However, the lions have been waiting for five games to win against the Super Eagles.
Key Facts – Nigeria vs Cameroon tips
⭐️ Nigeria have scored only two goals in their last five internationals.
⭐️ Cameroon has been unbeaten for a total of seven games.
⭐️ The Cameroonians have been waiting for five games to win against Nigeria.
So there are arguments that speak for one or the other team. We think that Cameroon might have played a little better and should bring the slightly wider chest through the series without defeats. Therefore, in the second round between Nigeria and Cameroon, we would allude to the odds of advancing the defending champions. We assume that the indomitable lions can not be restrained and a round will progress, where then with Egypt the host and great tournament favorite could wait.
Bet Tip: Cameroon to qualify