Competition: African Cup of Nations
Market: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 6/4 @ Bet 365
In what could prove to be a lively encounter, a high-flying Algeria will meet Nigeria in Cairo on Sunday night with a spot in the final of this year’s AFCON on the line.
Starting with a resurgent Algeria, while Djamel Belmadi’s side would have been disappointed to have not finished off the Ivory Coast in 90 minutes earlier in the week, the Greens have continued on what has been a very eye-catching resurge. Despite failing to make it out of the Group stages out in Gabon two years ago, they have won each of their five AFCON outings in Egypt this summer and many have them tipped as a favorite to lift the title in Cairo next week. Now enjoying a remarkable 11-match unbeaten run that stems all the way back to October, Algeria have also begun to shine in the final third. Led by Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez, the Greens have now bagged seven goals in just their last three appearances.
As for Nigeria, while many in Gernot Rohr’s camp would have been concerned by their 2-0 loss against AFCON debutants Madagascar in their Group B finale, the Super Eagles appear to have bounced back. Putting in an impressive display in their 2-1 win over South Africa in midweek, they also battled out a dramatic 3-2 victory against rivals Cameroon in Cairo last weekend. One man to watch for Nigeria will be former Watford striker, Odion Ighalo. Bagging a brace against Cameroon last week he now has three goals so far this summer and sits joint top in the race for the Golden Boot. With the last four meetings between the two nations producing 15 goals, we’re expecting another exciting encounter in Cairo on Sunday night.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals at Algeria vs Nigeria 6/4 for Sunday’s AFCON semi-final @ Bet 365
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