Nigeria vs Burundi betting tips, preview and predictions.
Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria vs Burundi
Betting Preview by Johnbolton
Saturday, 22 June 2019 – Kick Off: 6:00pm
Alexandria Stadium | Supersport
Nigeria one of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations favourite face tournament debutants Burundi at the Alexandria Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Super Eagles are aiming to go all the way for the second time in six years and have a nice fixture to ease themselves in.
Minimum expectation is that the Super Eagles reach the last four here. They boast a side that contains players from across Europe, but they have to improve on their Nations Cup record of late. They’ll be looking to go all the way to win a tournament that last won 6 years ago, having missed the last two tournaments. They will be a side to watch in Egypt, while they can lay down a marker in Saturday’s meeting with newcomers Burundi.
Gernot Rohr side would want to build on their showing in Russia. They tested World Cup finalists Croatia in the group stage last summer, while a bit of brilliance from Lionel Messi put them out.
Burundi have little weight of expectation on them, having made the finals for the first time in their history. They’ve put together a squad drawn from all over the world, they have players from Africa, Europe, Asia and even Australia to make it this far. Burundi have been building their international reputation over the last few years. Burundi play an attacking style. They like to patiently build up their attacks.
Burundi are set to start with a front two of Fiston Abdul Razak and Saido Berahino, which should offer them some threat going forward. Their style of play should see them threaten Nigeria, a side who also have issues at the back. Despite their strength in midfield and attack, Nigeria are prone to defensive errors, with their final three qualifiers for this competition seeing both teams score.
Burundi are ranked 134th in the world, they have a massive task on their hands if they are to make it any further than the group phase.
The last debutants to progress beyond the first round were Cape Verde, who qualified for the 2013 quarter-finals at the expense of Angola and Morocco.
Over 2.5 Match Goals
Nigeria 3 – 1 Burundi