African Cup of Nations/ Algeria vs Nigeria – Algeria was semi-finalist of the African Cup of Nations only six times, it played in the final two times and won the ACN just once, while Nigeria played in 14 semi-finals and seven finals out of which it won three. The two national teams met the last time at the African Cup of Nations in 2010 in match for the 3rd place that Nigeria won by 1-0.
Game Algeria vs Nigeria begins 14.07.2019 at 21:00 CET
Algeria won the last out of five victories over Nigeria in all competitions, out of 16 head-to-head in total, right in the African Cup of Nations but that happened a long time ago in 1990. That was the final of the African Cup of Nations and the Algerians won in front of their fans by 1-0 and raised the trophy for the only time so far. Algeria played in the semi-finals the last time in 2010 and lost to Egypt.
After they won first four matches with a clean sheet and goal difference of 9-0 the Algerians eliminated Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals after penalty shootout. The Algerians were first to take a lead thanks to Feghouli who scored 20 minutes after the match started, while Bounedjah missed a penalty in the 48th minute. They received the first goal at the tournament in the 62nd minute that equalised the result but they passed the round after penalties.
Probable lineups Algeria: M Bolhi- Atal, Bensebaini, Mandi, Benlamri- Mahrez, Feghouli, Bennacer, Guedioura- Bounedjah, Belaili
After six-year long break Nigeria is again a semi-finalist of the African Cup of Nations where it participates for the 15th time. Despite being first to take lead against South Africa in the quarter-finals after Chukwueze scored in the 27th minute they were lucky as South African goalkeeper made a wrong judgement in 89 minute when the result read 1-1 and failed to defend Ekong’s shoot.
Nigeria didn’t exactly make a name for itself during the tournament as it won Burundi and Guinea by 1-0, and lost to Madagascar 0-2 in the group phase, but it defeated Cameroon 3-2 in the round of 16. They won six out of last eight matches with Algeria in all competitions, the last time by 3-1 at home in qualifications for the World Cup 2018.
Probable lineups Nigeria: Akpeyi- Awaziem, Collins, Troosrt Ekong, Omeruo- Ndidi, Etebo- Iwobi, Musa, Chukwueze- Ighalo
Betting Pick: Algeria vs Nigeria
Algeria has left a stronger impression here in Egypt but Nigeria eliminated reigning champion Cameroon in the quarter-finals. We would play on Algeria’s victory as they scored by at least one goal in each match played so far and received only one, although the Algerians were the first to take lead in that match.
Pick: Algeria wins
Odds: 2.50 at 888sport (down to 2.40 can be played)
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