For the first time, the African Football Championship started this year with 24 instead of just 16 teams. As a result of this increase in the number of participants, a total of only eight teams will have to travel home after the group stage. In addition to the twelve nations that make it to the first knockout round first or second place, also solve the four best group stages the ticket for the knockout round. In Group B, Nigeria are already draw for the last 16 with six points. Madagascar should also have excellent chances to reach the round of 16 in the last four, given four points after two games.
Madagascar vs Nigeria Football Betting Prediction
Because in the direct match in the third game day the outsider one point is sufficient to consolidate second place, between Madagascar and Nigeria, the odds for a draw relatively low. The tournament favorite from Nigeria has so far offensive not really covered with fame and marked in two games only two goals.
Defensive, however, are the “Super Eagles” very neat. We assume that both teams are not necessarily looking for the risk, but prefer to spare forces for the rest of the tournament. Therefore, we expect a mild summer kick and decide in the match Madagascar vs. Nigeria for the hint that, if at all, only one of the two teams to score a goal.
Madagascar – Statistics & Current Form
Those who intensively follow the African Cup these days could actually catch up with developing subjective sympathies towards the Malagasy national team. The protected of the French coach Nicolas Dupois, who has held the office since 2016 in the selection of the second largest island nation in the world (behind Indonesia), made on the first two matchdays namely for a great sensation and despite the world ranking 108. For the very first time in their own history the qualification for the continental championship has been successfully mastered. Shyness or excitement, however, was not much to see.
On matchday one, the nickname of the Malagasy selection, Barea, despite being in the doldrums, fought a very respectable 2-2 draw against the much stronger Guinean side. The green-speaking Africans wanted to take the momentum from the positive start with them and score points against Burundi. Marco Ilaihamarita scored the only goal of the day in the 76th minute and a real big-point in the race for progress.
After two games, the debutant has unexpectedly four points in the account and best prospects to move into the knockout round. A draw against Nigeria would consolidate second place in the group. In the event of a victory, Madagascar would even pass the “Super Eagles”. However, should a failure break out, the Dupois team would need relegation aid from Burundi in the first step or would have to hope in the second step that they make it as one of the four best group third in the second round. Again, the probability is considered quite high.
In terms of tactics, it can be assumed that the Malagasy people will bet on exactly the one counter they need and will therefore make every effort to keep the score at the bottom. At the same time, the internationally inexperienced Southeast Africans will find it difficult to find solutions to the clarified Nigerian defensive. If the “Barea” only back, the underdog could fail additionally to convert the lever from a concrete-touching defense to a courageous offensive game.
As a result, in the uneven match between Madagascar and Nigeria, we tend to predict that at most one of the two teams will score. Known players are rather rare in the debutants’ line-up. Nevertheless, some professionals in good European leagues earn their money, which increases at least the probability of being able to implement the tactical requirements of their French coach.
Expected formation of Madagascar:
↳ Adrien – Mombris, Fontaine, Razakanantenaia, Metanire – Anicet, Ilaimaharita, Raveloson – Andria, Andriatsima, Nomenjanahary
↳ Coach: Dupois
Last matches of Madagascar:
⚽️ 27.06.2019 – Madagascar Vs. Burundi 1: 0 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 22.06.2019 – Guinea Vs. Madagascar 2: 2 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 14.06.2019 – Mauritania Vs. Madagascar 3: 1 (friendly)
⚽️ 07.06.2019 – Kenya Vs. Madagascar 1: 0 (friendly)
⚽️ 02.06.2019 – Luxembourg vs. Madagascar 3: 3 (Friendlies)
Nigeria – Statistics & Current Form
In addition to hosts Egypt and Senegal, the Nigerians will still be given the best chance of winning the title in the Africa Cup 2019 in terms of betting odds. Reasonably this view of things lies mainly in the undoubtedly existing quality of the single player. Professionals such as Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal), Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray) or Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux) are under contract with well-known clubs in Europe and have strong seasons behind them. If the German-French practice leader Gernot Rohr manages to profitably adapt the strengths of his “stars” into a working collective, then there are probably only a few opponents on the “black continent” that can make the “Super Eagles” dangerous.
In the previous tournament had the world ranking 45th but to struggle with starting difficulties. Neither in the 1-0 win over Burundi nor in the 1-0 win over Guinea, the Nigerians were really doing their role as a favorite. Although they were visually superior in both games, but still missed the green-whites against demonstrably weaker teams, self-confidence for the upcoming tasks to refuel. At least defensively, the back team can not be accused of the former Bundesliga professional Leon Balogun yet. In both matches, the “Super Eagles” remained clean sheets, although a little more forward relief in one phase or another would have done well.
Although the 2018 World Cup player is already in the last sixteen, thanks to the six points collected, the final group match certainly has a not to be underestimated importance. On the one hand, the co-favorite of course wants to fix the group victory. On the other hand, the 90 minutes against a euphoric opponent at the same time offer the opportunity to test themselves on the level of competition or improve.
It will nevertheless be interesting to see whether Gernot Rohr gives some regular players a break and gives players the chance to show themselves on international terrain. Strictly speaking, however, this should make no qualitative difference, because even a B-Elf of the “Super Eagle” must under normal circumstances be able to force Madagascar to its knees. However, we would not be betting on the third preliminary round win due to the fact that this is not absolutely necessary.
Expected formation of Nigeria:
↳ Akpeyi – Aina, Balogun, Omeruo, Awaziem – Ndidi, Etobo – Musa, Ogu, Kalu – Chukwueze
↳ Trainer: Rohr
Last matches of Nigeria:
⚽️ 26.06.2019 – Nigeria Vs. Guinea 1: 0 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 22.06.2019 – Nigeria Vs. Burundi 1: 0 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 16.06.2019 – Senegal Vs. Nigeria 1: 0 (friendly)
⚽️ 08.06.2019 – Nigeria Vs. Zimbabwe 0: 0 (friendly)
⚽️ 26.03.2019 – Nigeria Vs. Egypt 1: 0 (friendly)
Madagascar vs Nigeria Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
Madagascar and Nigeria have faced each other so far in four international matches. The Malagasy are still waiting for the first victory. Three times the well-known selection prevailed. Only in 2002 there was a goalless draw. Interesting: In none of the four direct duels both teams could mark a goal. For statistic lovers it is another argument to deduce that our Madagascar vs Nigeria prediction confirmed.
Madagascar vs Nigeria Our Betting Predictions Analzyed
On matchday three of the Africa Cup in 2019, there will be a direct clash between two undefeated teams in Group B. Madagascar are still in the match against Nigeria as per the odds, although the distribution of odds suggests that a draw seems anything but unlikely. In particular, the African Cup debutant would be satisfied with a draw, which would fix the second place and thus the safe progress in the second round. The “Super Eagles” have already solved the ticket for the round of the last 16 after two victories and are therefore no longer under pressure. A counter would therefore also be sufficient for the tube elf to start first in the knockout round.
Key Facts – Madagascar vs Nigeria tips
⭐️ Madagascar passes one point to secure progress to the second round
⭐️ Nigeria is already in the next round, but wants to be the first to finish the preliminary round
⭐️ The “Super Eagles” have not yet conceded a goal in this Africa Cup
Due to various dangers during a game, we do without a Madagascar. Nigeria tip on X and instead deal with alternative betting markets. Here, bets tend to be rather lucrative on rather few goals. The “Barea” will endeavor to keep the zero as long as possible.
This endeavor does not seem to be impossible, because despite outstanding individualists, the 2018 World Cup participant has so far not fared offensively with fame. At least defensively stood for the Green-Whites in the first two games the zero. We do not expect a spectacle and therefore decide in the duel against Madagascar. Nigeria for the decent betting odds that, if at all, only one of the two teams will score
Competition: Africa Cup of Nations 2019
Betting Prediction: Both teams to score/ No
Stake: 6/10 units