3 Nigeria vs South Africa predictions – AFCON 2023 semi-final

3 Nigeria vs South Africa predictions – AFCON 2023 semi-final
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All eyes will be on the Stade de la Paix as Nigeria and South Africa battle for a place in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2023). Which of these teams will be left standing when all is said and done?

Nigeria vs South Africa predictions

Before we proceed with our Nigeria vs South Africa predictions, here's some background information on both teams:

Nigeria's Super Eagles have enjoyed some fine form lately, they have won four matches in a row, without conceding a single goal.

José Peseiro's troops have no losses since the start of this tournament.

Meanwhile South Africa's Bafana Bafana lost their AFCON opener by two unanswered goals vs Mali.

They've found their stride since then, winning three of four matches en route to the semi-final.

This will be the 15th clash between these teams, and their fourth encounter at the AFCON.

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Prediction 1: Nigeria to win

We'll kick off our Nigeria vs South Africa predictions by backing the Super Eagles to win.

For one, Nigeria have dominated South Africa in the past, losing just twice in 14 previous meetings between these sides.

They also have a perfect three wins from three against Bafana Bafana at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Furthermore, Bafana Bafana won just two of five matches at the end of regulation time. The Super Eagles have fared better, winning four in a row.

Taking everything into account, we are leaning towards Nigeria for the victory.

Prediction 2: Both teams not to score

It's important to note that Nigeria and South Africa have the best defences at this tournament.

On one hand, the Super Eagles saw their defence breached just once in five matches, they have kept four consecutive clean sheets too.

Likewise, Bafana Bafana did not concede any goals in their last four games. They allowed just two goals at this competition.

Taking into account that South Africa failed to score in three of the five matches they've played so far, we shouldn't expect goals at both ends.

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Prediction 3: Under 2.5 total goals

We'll close out our Nigeria vs South Africa predictions by exploring the over/under goals market.

Both teams have not conceded in their last four respective matches, and Bafana Bafana have been inconsistent when it comes to finding the net.

Interestingly, Nigeria's Super Eagles have also been a low-scoring side, even though they found the net in every game they played.

Peseiro's men scored just one goal in four five matches, they are yet to score more than two goals in the same game.

For this reason, we are fairly confident that these teams will not score up to three goals between them.

What's next for both teams?

The winner of this match will advance to the AFCON 2023 final, where they'll face the victor of the Ivory Coast vs DR Congo match.

On the other hand, the losers will play in the third-place match against the team that loses the Ivory Coast vs DR Congo game. Both teams will battle for bronze.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 weeks ago

Kelechi is a huge sports fan with over 10 years of betting experience. He has written thousands of match previews on football, tennis, basketball and American football in the past few years.