Nigeria vs South Africa: Match Preview and Prediction
Nigeria vs South Africa: At the 2024 AFCON, Nigeria has only let up one goal in five games. In their last four AFCON matches, South Africa has netted nothing. In their previous twelve encounters with Bafana Bafana, Nigeria had won seven, drawn four, and lost just one.
The first 2024 Africa Cup of Nations semifinal match between South Africa and Nigeria will take place on Wednesday afternoon at the Stade de Bouake. The key to both teams’ victories in the competition thus far has been their steadfast defence. In the competition, South Africa and Nigeria have each played four straight games without letting the net go empty.
Nigeria drew with Equatorial Guinea 1-1 to start the campaign in a lacklustre match. They have nevertheless won four more clean sheets since then. There were three goals or more scored in none of these four victories. All three concluded with the same score of 1-0. Ademola Lookman’s goal last Friday against Angola in the quarterfinal was crucial.
South Africa lost to Mali 0-2 to start the competition. But the group, under Belgian manager Hugo Broos, managed to turn things around. Since then, Bafana Bafana has won three and drawn one of their last four games. Throughout the process, they have not given up a single goal.
Nigeria vs South Africa: Betting Analysis
Their previous match was the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal. In the match, Nigeria won 2-1. Nigeria has only lost once in twelve matches against Bafana Bafana, winning seven, drawing four, and losing one. Three of the last four meetings between these rivals had fewer than three goals.
Everything points to a low-scoring first AFCON semifinal. There have been no three-goal games between these two clubs in this tournament. In four straight matches, no team has let its net go uncontested. In three of their last four head-to-head matchups, they have scored less than three goals. Under 1.5 goals, FT at 2.50 odds is our main bet.
Nigeria is a strong favourite to win. They certainly have a far higher calibre of members. They have skilled strikers like Ademola Lookman and Victor Osimhen. In the past, the Super Eagles have also won this game handily. Nigeria is the second choice, with odds of 1.57 to win.
Nigeria vs South Africa: Head-to-Head
Who will win the match between Nigeria and South Africa?
When Nigeria plays South Africa, we have a feeling that they will produce multiple scoring opportunities, as South Africa will be up against it. At the end of the ninety minutes, we anticipate Nigeria will win by a rather comfortable margin.
Our Prediction: Home Win or Draw
What are the best odds for the game?
In the win-draw-win market, the bookies are offering 1.62 for betting on Nigeria, 3.6 for betting on the draw, and 6.9 for betting on South Africa to win. These are the best deals that are currently available.