Rajan Hothi (@RajanHothi_) previews Nigeria v South Africa and provides us with his best bets for Wednesday nights quarter-final clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

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Nigeria v South Africa Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 10/07/19
  • Time: 20:00
  • Venue: Cairo International Stadium
  • Channel: EuroSport 1 and 2

Following their eventful 3-2 win against Cameroon in the round-of-16, Nigeria will be looking to book their place in the last four with a win against South Africa.

Nigeria finished second in their group with their only loss so far in the competition coming against surprise package Madagascar.

The Super Eagles will be aware of the dangers South Africa pose after their shock victory against Egypt in the last round.

South Africa provided one of the shocks of the tournament so far knocking hosts Egypt out courtesy of a late goal from Thembinkosi Lorch.

Despite finishing third in their group, South Africa have made it to the last eight and will be hoping that they have a few more surprises in store.

Stuart Baxter's side have proved a lot of doubters wrong already and they'll be looking to do it again in Cairo.

Team News

Both managers have a full squad to choose from, but South Africa have Bogani Zungu, Sfiso Hlanti and Thulani Hlatshwayo a yellow away from a suspension.

While right-back Chidozie Awaziem is also a booking away from a suspension for the Super Eagles.

Potential Nigeria Starting XI: Akpeyi, Aina, Omeruo, Troost-Ekong, Awaziem, Ndidi, Etebo, Musa, Iwobi, Simon, Ighalo

Potential South Africa Starting XI: Hlanti, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Mkhize, Mokotjo, Furman, Zungu, Tau, Lorch, Mothiba

Head To Head

  • Nigeria 6, Draws 5, South Africa 2
  • Four of their last six clashes have ended in draws.
  • Nigeria haven't beat South Africa in any of their last five meetings.

Key Stats & Facts

  • South Africa have kept a clean sheet in every one of their wins so far this tournament.
  • Baxter's side also have one of the meanest defences in the tournament, only conceding two goals.
  • Nigeria have the joint top goalscorer in the tournament with Odion Ighalo netting three goals so far.
  • Nigeria have scored first in all their wins so far this tournament.

Betting Odds

  • Nigeria 21/20
  • Draw 21/10
  • South Africa 18/5

The Verdict

On paper, this should be a relatively straightforward Nigerian win but South Africa have won over a lot of people with their battling display against Egypt last time out.

Ighalo has been on fire so far this tournament, and it would be smart to back the Nigerian to score again this time out.

If you are going to back another shock South African win, keep in mind that they haven't conceded a goal in any of their wins this tournament.

However, with Nigeria's firepower up top, this should be a Nigerian win but they will be eager not to commit the same mistakes Egypt made.

Ighalo anytime goalscorer is offered at 21/10 by Bet365 whilst Nigeria to score first is offered at 17/20 by MarathonBet.

Recommended Bets

  • 2pts – Ighalo anytime goalscorer – 21/10 (Bet365)
  • 1pts – Nigeria to score first – 17/20 (MarathonBet)