The Geeks are into worldwide soccer. African Cup of Nations 2019 is going in to the final phases and the semifinals will be played on Sunday. Senegal & Tunisia and Algeria & Nigeria is left to fight for the prestigious trophy in Africa. Algeria is having a great campaign this far, being undefeated and only conceded one goal, they won Group C and moved on to the playoffs. Bookies see them as a favorite in this upcoming semi-final against Nigeria. Nigeria on the other hand have shown inconsistency numerous times in the tournament. They finished 2nd in Group B behind a surprising Madagascar.
Algerians have beaten Kenya, Senegal, and Tanzania in the group stage without conceding any goal while scoring six themselves. They crushed Guinea in Round of 16 in the playoffs premiere and followed up with a close win against Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals. The game lasted for 120 minutes with the score 1-1, so it went to penalties where Algeria won 4-3. Mahrez, Slimani and the rest of the Desert Foxes are looking good, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see them eliminate Nigeria.
Algeria last five games: (5-0-0)
23 Jun 2019 Algeria v Kenya 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations
27 Jun 2019 Senegal v Algeria 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations
01 Jul 2019 Tanzania v Algeria 0-3 Africa Cup of Nations
07 Jul 2019 Algeria v Guinea 3-0 Africa Cup of Nations
11 Jul 2019 Ivory Coast v Algeria 1-1 (PK: 3-4) Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria finished 2nd in the group stage after wins against Burundi and Guinea but lost to Madagascar in the final game. Even though their performance has been uneven the Nigerians delivered a splendid performance against the reigning champions Cameroon. It was a thrilling game ending in 5-goals and a 3-2 win for Nigeria. Ighalo is showing an amazing form at the moment, and he might represent the biggest danger for Algerian defenders.
Nigeria last five games: (4-0-1)
22 Jun 2019 Nigeria v Burundi 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations
26 Jun 2019 Nigeria v Guinea 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations
30 Jun 2019 Madagascar v Nigeria 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations
06 Jul 2019 Nigeria v Cameroon 3-2 Africa Cup of Nations
10 Jul 2019 Nigeria v South Africa 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations
Last five games (Algeria 1, Draw 0, Nigeria 4):
03 Jul 2004 Nigeria v Algeria 1-0 FIFA World Cup
04 Sep 2005 Algeria v Nigeria 2-5 FIFA World Cup
30 Jan 2010 Nigeria v Algeria 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations
12 Nov 2016 Nigeria v Algeria 3-1 FIFA World Cup
10 Nov 2017 Algeria v Nigeria 3-0 FIFA World Cup
We believe both sides are going to be careful and not jeopardize anything, especially in the early stages of the game. We won’t be surprised to see a goalless game or 1-1 at fulltime.
Our tips are a draw after 90 minutes played at 32Red.com with odds 2/1.