Algeria – Nigeria, African Cup Semi-Final Prediction
Algeria continues to play as if their victory is certain. Desert foxes dominate, have confidence and ease. Even in an even match against Côte d’Ivoire. They, of course, had the opportunity to score a penalty at the start of the second half and decide the game, but it did not work, but the fact that they allowed their first goal in the tournament was not a big tragedy. Still, the individual class of Zaha and Kodjia can always be decisive.
The Nigerians had some difficulties against South Africa, but although they led and were leveled, they found strength for a new goal, once again taking part in a score game at the elimination phase. The Supereagles have obviously kept their strength for now because the teams were not impressive, but it has to be admitted that the team has a serious quality and this semifinal is not an unexpected achievement.
Expert view : We think there will be a really cautious game here. The teams played quite a lot of games, consumed a lot of energy, and knew that if they allowed a goal at some point, they might not be able to get it back. So the game is on nerves. The first half, in that case, should end in a draw and no goals if we reasonably think. If it comes to 0-0 to 30-35 minutes, we have strong doubts before the break that any of the teams will make risks. Prediction – First Half – X at 1.95.
ALGERIA TEAM NEWS
Faouzi Ghoulam (35/5 d), Saphir Taïder (46/5 m), Nabil Bentaleb (35/5 m), Ryad Boudebouz (25/2 m), Rachid Ghezzal (16/1 m), Ishak Belfodil (17/2 f) and El Arabi Hillel Soudani (49/22 f) are out
NIGERIA TEAM NEWS
Ogenyi Onazi (52/1 m), Kelechi Iheanacho (25/8 f) are out