Sports Innovation previews the AFCON match between Nigeria and Sudan and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.
A last-16 Africa Cup of Nations spot is possibly up for grabs as Nigeria face Sudan in Garoua on Saturday.
The Super Eagles have stolen an early march on their Group D rivals to take a two-point lead at the top of the table. They kicked off their campaign in style with a 1-0 win over Egypt. Now, with two group games left, they have a golden chance to book an early spot in the knockouts.
As for Sudan, the Falcons of Jediane will be desperate to avoid defeat after settling for a dull goalless draw with Guinea-Bissau in their AFCON opener.
Facts and figures for Nigeria vs Sudan in Africa Cup of Nations.
- Nigeria has won the last 3 matches in a row;
- Nigeria unbeaten the last 8 matches in a row;
- Nigeria unbeaten the last 10 matches in a row at home;
- Nigeria has won in the last 9 of 10 matches at home.
- Sudan unbeaten the last 4 matches in a row;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Sudan’s last 6 of 8 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Sudan’s last 6 matches in the row;
- Sudan have not conceded in the last 5 of 7 matches.
Current form — Nigeria vs Sudan
The Super Eagles claimed an opening day win
Nigeria will be out to extend their fine run of results lately after starting their AFCON campaign with a win. In their last 3 matches, they first beat Liberia 2-0 before drawing 1-1 against Cape Verde. They then grabbed a crucial 1-0 victory over Egypt last time out.
The Falcons of Jediane claimed point in opener
It is difficult to point a finger at recent results for Sudan, as they have performed according to their level. The Northeast Africans began their AFCON campaign with a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Guinea-Bissau, after finishing 0-0 with Zimbabwe and losing 3-2 to Ethiopia before the tournament.
How do the bookies view it?
Nigeria head into their second match of AFCON billed as the strong favorites to take home the spoils of victory. The Super Eagles are priced at 1.21 with ComeOn! to claim all 3 points. A draw pays out at 5.75 with Mr. Green, while Bet365 is offering odds of 21.00 for those daring enough to bet on a Sudan win.
Nigeria vs Sudan — fixture history
The last time these two sides met in the Africa Cup of Nations was in a qualifier in 2014, which saw Nigeria claim a 3-1 win
The Super Eagles enter the match against Sudan with a 4-0-1 record in their previous 5 encounters in AFCON. This amounts to an 80% winning ratio for Nigeria, with the away side victorious in 20% of the last 5 encounters. These matches were also remembered for a low number of goals.
Current table in the Africa Cup of Nations
Kelechi Iheanacho stepped up in the absence of Victor Osimhen, Odion Ighalo, and Emmanuel Dennis to fire Nigeria to victory over Egypt last time out. He’ll be keen to keep his form going ahead of another key clash.
Sudan, meanwhile, will turn to the likes of Mohammed Abdel-Rahman to try and cause an upset in Garoua.