Kick-off: 2000, 14/07/2019
Stadium: Cairo International Stadium
Algeria had to go to penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals and could be in for another long night when taking on Nigeria in the semis.
Both of these teams have proved they are capable of showing plenty of resilience when under pressure and we’re expecting a tight tussle in Cairo.
It is 2/1 for this tie to go to extra-time at least and that is our opening Algeria vs Nigeria prediction.
A Look At Algeria’s Betting Odds
Algeria made a big impression when breezing through Group C with wins over Kenya, Senegal and Tanzania and then brushing aside Guinea, with nine goals scored in those games and none conceded.
The Desert Foxes looked set to make smooth progress again when Sofiane Feghouli fired them into a 20th-minute lead against Ivory Coast.
They should have increased their advantage at the start of the second half, but Baghdad Bounedjah smashed a penalty against the crossbar.
Jonathan Kodjia made them pay by levelling on 62 minutes, but Wilfried Bony and Serey Die missed from the spot in a dramatic shoot-out.
Having looked so solid earlier on in the tournament, Algeria were far more fragile at the back in that open contest.
With that in mind, 7/2 for a score draw stands out from the Algeria vs Nigeria odds.
A Look At Nigeria’s Betting Odds
Nigeria began Group B with a couple of 1-0 wins over Burundi and Guinea but then rested players and took their foot off the gas when going down 2-0 to Madagascar.
The big guns were back firing for a 3-2 triumph over Cameroon, with Odion Ighalo bagging a brace and Alex Iwobi grabbing the winner.
William Troost-Ekong’s 89th-minute strike then proved decisive in a 2-1 defeat of South Africa, after Bongani Zungu had cancelled out Samuel Chukwueze’s opener.
That was a scrappy success for the Super Eagles, but sometimes that is exactly what is required at the business end of tournaments and everything suggests they have the big-game experience to be competitive again here.
Let’s finish off our Algeria vs Nigeria betting tips by taking 11/2 for a 1-1 stalemate at the end of normal time.
Ivory Coast 1-1 ALGERIA (3-4 on pens) – Feghouli
NIGERIA 2-1 South Africa – Chuckwueze, Troost-Ekong
Head-to-head: Algeria 3-0 Nigeria, Nigeria 3-1 Algeria, Nigeria 1-0 Algeria
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