Nigeria vs South Africa prediction 07.06.2024

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  • Competition: World Cup Qualifiers, First Stage
  • Date: Friday, 7th June, 2024
  • Kickoff: 20:00 UTC +1 / 21:00 CEST
  • Venue: Godswill Akpabio International Stadium (Uyo)

On Friday evening, in an AFCON Semi-Finals replay, Nigeria and South Africa will face off in the World Cup Qualifiers first stage at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

Nigeria are one of the best teams in Africa and the vice-champion of the previous AFCON in Ivory Coast, where they lost 2:1 to the host team in the Finals. In the previous World Cup Qualification cycle, the famous Super Eagles failed to qualify as they lost to Ghana in the last stage of the Qualifiers. In this WC Qualifiers, the Super Eagles secured only two points in the first two matches vs Lesotho and Zimbabwe, where they were heavy favorites. Luckily for them, first-placed Rwanda are only two points away.

South Africa are #59 in the FIFA World Ranking List and the 10th-best team in the CAF region. However, they haven't been in the World Cup since 2010, when they were the hosts. In the AFCON, the popular Bafana Bafana had a decent run and eventually finished 3rd. In this Qualifiers, South Africa are 2nd with three points after two rounds, one point away from Rwanda and one point above 3rd-placed Nigeria.

Nigeria vs South Africa pick: Under 2.5 goals

Nigeria have a super-talented offense, but somehow, they are not scoring too many goals, even against much weaker teams than South Africa. In the first two games in the WC Qualifiers, they scored only two goals and were under 2.5 goals on both occasions. Now, they will have some absences of key offensive players, and that definitely won't help. Additionally, Nigeria were under 2.5 goals in ten of the previous 12 matches - 83%.

South Africa are played mostly low-scoring games in recent matches. In the last 17 games in all competitions, they went under 2.5 goals 14 times. Offensively, South Africa were far from impressive, as they scored zero or one goal in four of the last five matches. Their only good offensive display was in the last game against Algeria (3:3). However, they overachieved in that match since they only had 0.56 xG. So, scoring away from home against Nigeria will be a tough challenge.

In the previous h2h game, only four months ago, we saw a 1:1 draw in the ordinary time. Additionally, four of the previous five h2h games finished with fewer than three goals. Considering all the above, we believe that an under 2.5 goals bet is the safest option for this World Cup Qualifier game.

Nigeria vs South Africa Head to Head (H2H) stats

  1. Nigeria

    4 : 2

    South Africa

    Africa Cup of Nations

  2. Nigeria

    2 : 1

    South Africa

    Africa Cup of Nations

  3. South Africa

    1 : 1

    Nigeria

    Africa Cup of Nations Qualifications

  4. Nigeria

    0 : 2

    South Africa

    Africa Cup of Nations Qualifications

  5. South Africa

    1 : 1

    Nigeria

    Friendly International

Nigeria

Nigeria team news

According to credible sources, Victor Osimhen, the team's biggest star, suffered an injury and could be out for at least four weeks. Additionally, Ademola Lookman will miss the game for a bizarre reason. He couldn't make it in time because of some canceled flights by the Nigeria Labour Congress. 

Winger Moses Simon suffered a broken fibula in the previous friendly match against Mali and had to leave the field after 35 minutes. He will miss significant time. Additionally, Zaidu Sanusi, William Troost-Ekong, and Ola Aina will miss also the upcoming games due to injuries.

After losing the AFCON Finals, Nigeria decided to sack coach Jose Peseiro and appointed Finidi George as the new head coach. Before the appointment, George was Peseiro's assistant coach. 

Last matches of Nigeria

  1. Mali

    2 : 0

    Nigeria

    Friendly International

  2. Nigeria

    2 : 1

    Ghana

    Friendly International

  3. Nigeria

    1 : 2

    Ivory Coast

    Africa Cup of Nations

  4. Nigeria

    4 : 2

    South Africa

    Africa Cup of Nations

  5. Nigeria

    1 : 0

    Angola

    Africa Cup of Nations

Nigeria lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 23

    Stanley Nwabili

Defenders

  • 6

    Semi Ajayi

  • 5

    Chidozie Awaziem

  • 3

    Calvin Bassey

Midfielders

  • 12

    Bright Osayi-Samuel

  • 17

    Alex Iwobi

  • 8

    Frank Onyeka

  • 4

    Alhassan Yusuf

Forwards

  • 11

    Samuel Chukwueze

  • 14

    Kelechi Iheanacho

  • 9

    Cyriel Dessers

South Africa

South Africa team news

According to South African media reports, Mamelodi Sundowns defender Grant Kekana was dropped from the squad due to injury and was replaced by Given Msimango (Kaizer Chiefs). 

In recent days, coach Hugo Broos spoke to the media about their situation in the World Cup Qualifiers. He said they had much progress in the last two years, and the results are there, but they want even more and want to qualify for the World Cup. He also said it would be tricky to qualify for the WC but noted he believes in his squad. 

Last matches of South Africa

  1. Algeria

    3 : 3

    South Africa

    Friendly International

  2. Andorra

    1 : 1

    South Africa

    Friendly International

  3. South Africa

    6 : 5

    Congo DR

    Africa Cup of Nations

  4. Nigeria

    4 : 2

    South Africa

    Africa Cup of Nations

  5. Cape Verde Islands

    0 : 0

    South Africa

    Africa Cup of Nations

South Africa lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 1

    Ronwen Williams

Defenders

  • 20

    Khuliso Mudau

  • 6

    Aubrey Modiba

  • 18

    Grant Kekana

  • 6

    Aubrey Modiba

Midfielders

  • 23

    Thapelo Morena

  • 4

    Teboho Mokoena

  • 8

    Jayden Adams

  • 7

    Oswin Appollis

Forwards

  • 11

    Themba Zwane

  • 9

    Iqraam Rayners

4 Reasons why we should see fewer than three goals

  1. Nigeria were under 2.5 goals in 10 of the last 12 games in all competitions
  2. South Africa were under 2.5 goals in six of the previous seven games in all competitions
  3. We saw a 1:1 draw in the last h2h game, which was about four months ago
  4. Four of the last five h2h games finished with fewer than three goals

Main prediction Nigeria - South Africa

Under 2.5 goals

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Additional predictions

BTTS - NO

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Team 1 to Win

Best odds:1.51

Nigeria vs South Africa - FAQ

? Where to watch?

You can find the match officially on the Sport TV5 channel.

? Who could be the goalscorer for Nigeria?

Ademola Lookman, who scored 15 goals in 54 national team appearances.

? Who could be the goalscorer for South Africa?

Themba Zwane, who scored nine goals in 43 national team appearances.