Big Game Focus: South Africa v Nigeria

A place in Cameroon 2019 will be on the line during the eagerly anticipated Group E fixture between South Africa and Nigeria. The Big Game Focus takes a look with a few tips for your consideration.

There is still a lot to play for when South Africa play host to Nigeria in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign.

The Super Eagles will want to bank on their historic dominance over Bafana Bafana but they are aware of the threat posed by the opposition. They were beaten 2-0 by the southern African nation earlier in the campaign and they will not want a repeat of that.

It does not get much better with regards to African football than the match at hand and it will be interesting to see whether Nigeria can maintain their position in the group.

Betting preview

Three of the last four outings between the two sides have ended in stalemates making this an interesting fixture. Nigeria cannot afford a defeat if they are to remain as group leaders and therefore there is value in backing a Double Chance X/2 at odds of 1.80 this way.

Two of the last three meetings have seen both teams finding the back of the net and there is a good chance for that to happen again. You can back Both Teams to Score at odds of 2.25 this way.

Encounters between the two sides have often produced very few goals and to this end, the last four meetings have seen three finish with Under 2.5 Goals scored. Backing that promises decent returns at odds of 1.40 here.

Team news

South Africa will be missing some key players who are out with injuries such as Dean Furman, Keagan Dolly, Bongani Zungu, Bradley Grobler and Sibusiso Vilakazi.

Nigeria will miss two experienced squad members in Odion Ighalo and John Obi Mikel, who have been left out due to fitness related issues.

Possible lineups

South Africa: