18/01 Daily Predictions: Nigeria and Egypt look for wins.

Betting Tips

At the Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast will play Nigeria in their second Group B match, hoping to build on their success on the opening day of play. Although they haven’t played at their best recently, the Nigerians can still hold out for a draw with the hosts.

In this year’s AFCON finals, Egypt and Ghana have a second match that cannot be lost. The Pharaohs appear to be more capable of defeating the Black Stars once more. TopbetsNG picks the top five betting fixtures you can place your money on, plus an extra two tips for our readers.

Ivory Coast vs Nigeria

Ivory Coast will be well-positioned to go to the knockout stages if they win this match. The Elephants had a strong start to their home competition going into this game. In the competition’s opening game, they defeated Guinea-Bissau 2-0, and their performance justified their victory. Though their opponents managed to create ten scoring opportunities, the home team had the clearer opportunity and was more clinical, making two of their four shots land on goal.

Nigeria will be well aware that, should they lose this game, they will face extreme pressure to defeat Guinea-Bissau in their last group match to secure a top-two position. In their first game, Equatorial Guinea held the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw; Victor Osimhen’s goal was the only one scored during the game. The Napoli striker scored 10 goals in six games, five more than any other player, to lead all scorers in the qualifying round.

Verdict

Even though the host country has been playing well lately, Nigeria is a squad that needs to win and has an excellent player in Victor Osimhen. We anticipate an exciting game with lots of opportunities at both ends of the field, given the level of offensive skill on display here.

Although there hasn’t been a draw in any of the previous seven games between these two countries, I anticipate that Thursday’s match will be close and may result in a draw. With four straight victories and just one loss in their previous ten games, the Ivory Coast is doing well right now.

However, one should not undervalue Nigeria’s Super Eagles. With three wins and three draws in their last six competitive games, José Peseiro’s team is undefeated. In the Africa Cup of Nations, they also prevailed in their most recent matchup with the Elephants.

Tip: Over 1.5 Goals / BTTS (YES)

Over 1.5 Goals – ❌

BTTS (Yes) – ❌

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Egypt vs Ghana

On Match Day 2, Egypt will be trying to improve on their dismal showing against Mozambique. Mostafa Mohamed’s early goal was insufficient for the Pharaohs to secure three points, and by the hour mark, they were trailing the game. The seven-time AFCON champions were unsettled after conceding two goals in a row, and they required the VAR to save face. Egypt was spared face when Mohamed Salah’s late penalty after play was stopped due to a box infraction. They have escaped losses in their previous four encounters with Ghana, so they will be hoping for a better result tonight.

Even though Ghana is well-known in African football, they won’t enter this match with much momentum. They face the possibility of losing in the group stage of an AFCON competition twice in a row. It all goes against them because they haven’t played well against Egypt lately either. The pair’s most recent match, a 2017 World Cup qualifier, finished in a 1-1 draw. Ghana has lost the previous four games between the two teams that it has played. The Black Stars’ dismal streak was extended before this match when they unexpectedly lost 2-1 to Cape Verde to start the season.

Verdict

Egypt is 28 spots ahead of Ghana in the FIFA standings; therefore, they are the favorites going into this Group B matchup. In the last four matches between the two teams, the Pharaohs have won three and are undefeated. Both sides have excellent players, but if Kudus is well enough to play, Ghana’s chances of winning will significantly increase. But Egypt ought to have enough left in the tank, particularly if they can take advantage of the Black Stars’ vulnerable rearguard against Cape Verde.

Tip: Egypt to Win / BTTS (YES)

Egypt to Win – ❌

BTTS – ✅

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