Nigeria – South Africa soccer prediction
A goal-fest ensued in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) round-of-16, as Nigeria recovered from a losing position at half-time (2-1) to run out 3-2 victors in a thrilling encounter with Cameroon. Now, the ‘Super Eagles’ look to carry on an impressive quarter-final run, which has seen them go further than this stage in six of their last seven AFCON appearances.
Notably, four of Nigeria’s six victories in AFCON quarter-finals since the turn of the century have come by a single-goal margin with three 2-1 wins, whilst the other two were attained by means of a penalty shootout.
Having seen ten of their last 12 games produce under 2.5 total goals in 90 minutes, South Africa (SA) find themselves in the final eight of this tournament for the first time since hosting it in 2013. ‘Bafana Bafana’ have failed to proceed in two of their last three quarter-final appearances, with the sole victory ending 1-0.
Despite winning as the outsiders, against hosts Egypt last time out, SA have been willing underdogs in 2019. Indeed, they have failed to score in three of four matches as outsiders this year, with all four of those matches notably being goalless at the break (W1, D1, L2).
Players to watch: Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo scored either side of half-time to open the scoring and equalise in said win over Cameroon.
With three yellow cards and a goal, Bongani Zungu (RSA) has either scored or been booked in each of his last four international appearances.
Stat attack: Four of Nigeria’s five 2019 victories have come by a single-goal margin.
There have been three red cards shown across the last six H2Hs, with two for SA.
SA boss Stuart Baxter is unbeaten in two encounters with Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr (W1, D1).
Both managerial encounters to date have produced under 2.5 match goals.
Nigeria to win the match @2.17