Algeria and Nigeria meet with the winner advancing to the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations final. The Greens were in formidable form during the group-stage, winning all three matches and going 270 minutes without conceding. Meanwhile, the Super Eagles took their place in the last four after a last gasp winner against South Africa.
Where and when: Nasser Stadium, Cairo – 14 July, 20:00
Where you can see Algeria vs. Nigeria: Eurosport
Last time: John Ogu opened the scoring for Nigeria, before Yacine Brahimi equalised from the spot with two minutes remaining during World Cup qualifying in 2017.
|Algeria to win 2-0||10/1||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||9/1||Offer|
|Ismaël Bennacer to score anytime||17/2||Offer|
Algeria v Nigeria Predictions and Preview
Alongside Senegal, Algeria have been the standout side during this summer’s showpiece event in Egypt. The Greens have conceded just once in the competition and while the forwards have earned much praise, the defence deserve a special mention.
Youcef Atal is a marauding full-back and his performances for club side Nice have attracted interest from a host of clubs on the continent. Centre-half pairing Djamel Benlamri and Aïssa Mandi have also enjoyed good tournaments.
Boss Djamel Belmadi has perhaps the most talented attack at his disposal, with soon to be Milan playmaker Bennacer starring. The versatile midfielder has forged a good career for himself in Serie A with Empoli and has taken his good club showings on to the international stage.
Skipper Riyad Mahrez is an attractive 7/1 to open proceedings and Algeria would back themselves to reach the final if the skilful Manchester City winger turns up. Belmadi has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal and his bench is brimming with talent.
Islam Slimani and Adam Ounas are likely to feature after the break, despite the latter netting three goals from five appearances. Ounas is 14/5 to net anytime, while The Greens are 7/5 to triumph in regular time and 7/10 outright.
Opponents Nigeria also possess strength in depth in the forward positions. Odion Ighalo will spearhead the attack and be supported by Alex Iwobi and semi-final goalscorer Samuel Chukwueze, with Ahmed Musa are Henry Onyekuru in reserve. Ighalo is 6/1 to register first and Iwobi is 11/1 in the same market. Nigeria are 11/5 to win in 90 minutes and 21/20 to qualify.
One to watch for Algeria: Baghdad Bounedjah has a stunning record at club level, hitting a whopping 48 efforts from just 35 games during the 2018-19 season and is 6/1 to net first.
One to watch for Nigeria: Chukwueze is 8/1 to score last and his direct approach could cause problems for the opposing backline.
Long shot: It promises to be a long night for both defences given the respective forward lines on display and an early strike could set the tone. A 3-2 success for Algeria without the aid of extra-time is 54/1.