02/02 Daily Predictions: Back Nigeria and DRC to advance

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On Friday, Nigeria and Angola will play at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny for a spot in the 2023 AFCON semifinals.

In the Round of 16, the Super Eagles easily defeated Cameroon 2-0 to secure their place in the last eight. Angola, on the other hand, won easily enough to qualify as well. TopbetsNG picks the top five betting fixtures you can place your money on plus for our readers.

Nigeria vs Angola

Nigeria has improved with every game they have played in the competition, despite a rough beginning in which they lost to a strong Equatorial Guinea team. They defeated Guinea-Bissau and the Ivory Coast both 1-0 before easily defeating Cameroon in their Round of 16 match. Before this game, the Super Eagles had already kept three straight clean sheets and had only lost one of their previous 12 games in all competitions. They suffered their lone defeat in a friendly against Guinea at the beginning of the year, but they also won seven, drew four, and lost none of those games.

Angola, meanwhile, entered the 2024 AFCON as one of the biggest underdogs. Its FIFA ranking of 117th in the world was the lowest of any nation taking part in the competition. But they have also improved over time; in the first game, they drew 1-1 with Algeria. The Black Sable Antelopes won their second game 3-2 over Mauritania and then played a strong defensive game against Burkina Faso, scoring twice without giving anything.

Angola was reduced to ten men before the twenty-minute mark in their Round of 16 match against Namibia. Nevertheless, they scored the game’s first goal in the 38th minute, and they led 2-0 at halftime when their rivals also saw a man sent out.

Verdict

Nigeria is the clear favorite going into this game, but they won’t have it easy against an aggressive Angola team that has also tightened up defensively. One of the biggest surprises of this competition has been the Black Sable Antelopes, who have put up some genuinely amazing performances to earn their spot in the last eight. World-class talent abounds in the Nigerian attack, and Victor Osimhen, despite not playing at his peak in front of goal, has been a constant threat to opposing defenses with his intimidating presence.

Tip: Nigeria to Win / Under 2.5 Goals

Nigeria to Win – ✅

Under 2.5 Goals – ✅

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DR Congo vs Guinea

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a central African nation that has won two Africa Cup of Nations championships (1968 and 1974), although the younger generation does not consider it to be among the major African football nations. Since then, DR Congo hasn’t had many achievements—their most recent semifinal berth was nine years ago.

If we look at the regular 90 minutes of the Africa Cup of Nations, all four of the matches that DR Congo played this year ended in draws. They played 1-1 against Egypt in the 1/8 final, but they advanced to the quarterfinals thanks to their incredible skill in a penalty shootout.

The greatest achievement for Guinea at the Africa Cup of Nations was losing to Morocco in the championship match in 1976. The best results Guinea has had since then are five quarterfinal appearances, including this year’s outcome. After finishing third in their group, Kaba Diawara’s team advanced to the knockout stage, but not before shocking Equatorial Guinea with a 1-0 victory.

Half a minute before the second half’s stoppage time expired, Mohamed Bayo scored the game-winning goal, setting up the extra thirty minutes for the sides. Guinea will now get the opportunity to compete for their first semifinal appearance since 1976.

Verdict

Congo has not won a game in regulation time despite being the tournament’s draw experts. Anticipate a sharing of the spoils between the two teams, with DRC moving forward on penalties. It’s interesting to note that all of the DR Congo’s and Guinea’s Africa Cup of Nations matches ended with two goals or less. It’s not wise to anticipate too many goals in Friday’s game either, so the best wager for this draw should be under 2.5 goals.

Tip: DRC to qualify / Under 2.5 Goals

DRC to qualify – ✅

Under 2.5 goals – ❌

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