The Africa Cup of Nations knockout stages get going on Saturday, with two ties that are both tough to call.
Here are our betting tips for the day’s action.
AFCON Betting Tips - Saturday 27 January
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Angola vs Namibia Betting Tips
Not many would’ve predicted that either Angola nor Namibia would feature in the round of 16, so what a chance this is for both to get even further in Bouaké.
The Brave Warriors had never won an Africa Cup of Nations match in their entire history as of 11 days ago, but changed that by defeating Tunisia 1-0, with Deon Hotto the last minute match-winner in Korhogo.
Since then, Collin Benjamin’s team came crashing back down to earth, hammered 4-0 by South Africa, although Wednesday’s goalless draw with Mali was enough to see them sneak through in third.
So, it really is a fairytale achievement for Namibia to be in the knockout stages, but can they cause another shock?
Angola meantime also upset the odds by topping their group unbeaten, holding Algeria to an unlikely draw before enjoying wins over both Mauritania and Burkina Faso.
The Black Sable antelopes hadn’t won an AFCON match since 2012, with this their first knockout phase appearance since 2010, seeking to win a knockout tie for the first time ever.
Most give Pedro Gonçalves’ side the upper-hand ahead of this clash at Stade de la Paix.
Nigeria vs Cameroon Betting Tips
Saturday night sees, possibly, the tie of the round at Stade Félix-Houphouët-Boigny, as three-times Africa Champions Nigeria take on five-times winners Cameroon.
These two nations have met in the final of this competition on three previous occasions, 1984 in Abidjan, 1988 in Casablanca and 2000 in Lagos, all won by the Indomitable Lions, but we see this tie going the other way.
The Super Eagles were generally impressive during the group phase, accumulating seven points, most-notably beating Côte d’Ivoire 1-0, conceding just one goal, despite the pre-tournament concerns about their defence.
José Peseiro’s team missed out on top spot in Group A by virtue of goal difference so, instead of facing Guinea tomorrow, have been handed a much tougher assignment.
Nigeria were eliminated at this stage by Tunisia in Garoua two years ago, desperate to avoid a repeat.
Cameroon also finished second in their group, but did so with just four points, swatted aside 3-1 by Senegal last Friday, thereby only getting through thanks to Christopher Wooh’s stoppage time winner against Gambia.
Without that, Rigobert Song’s side would’ve been heading for home, and his chaotic, arguably disastrous, tenure would’ve been over, but the 2017 champions live to fight another day.
In the round of 16 five years ago in Alexandria, Nigeria prevailed 3-2, Alex Iwobi the match-winner, and we expect the Super Eagles to prevail in this rematch in Abidjan?