Predictions 07 – 09.02.2024

Nigeria vs South Africa | Africa Cup of Nations

07/02/2024 17:00

Prediction: 2-0

The first semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations features Nigeria and South Africa. On paper, this match appears to be the most uneven, with Nigeria being the favorite for the final victory while South Africa stands out as one of the tournament’s surprises. Nigeria’s journey to this point has been relatively smooth, with victories in all matches except the first one, conceding minimal goals and maintaining clean sheets. They secured their spot in the semi-final a day earlier by defeating Angola within regulation time, albeit facing some challenges along the way.

In contrast, South Africa’s path has been less straightforward. They have only won twice within the regular 90 minutes of play, notably defeating Namibia. Their victories against Cape Verde and Namibia came via penalty shootouts, indicating a more modest squad with most players competing in the local league. Despite this, South Africa has displayed defensive solidity, often keeping clean sheets, and is likely to focus on this aspect to gain an advantage over Nigeria.


  • Nigeria has won four out of five matches within regular 90 minutes, whereas South Africa has won only two.
  • Nigeria has conceded just one goal so far in the tournament.
  • South Africa played their semi-final a day later and advanced to the penalty shootout.
  • South Africa has not reached the final since 2000, while Nigeria has reached the final on seven occasions in the new millennium.

Aston Villa vs Chelsea | FA Cup

07/02/2024 20:00

Prediction: 2-1

This is the rematch of the FA Cup round of 16! Aston Villa and Chelsea played to a goalless draw in their previous encounter at Stamford Bridge (0-0). Now, it’s Aston Villa’s turn to host the match at Villa Park, scheduled for this Wednesday. The Villans are brimming with confidence, currently sitting in 4th place in the Premier League. Still competing in the Europa Conference League, they are eager to advance further in the prestigious English national cup.

On the other hand, Chelsea’s league form has been lackluster, with the team currently occupying the 11th position in the table. However, they have shown their prowess in domestic cups by already securing a spot in the Carabao Cup final.


  • Aston Villa holds the 4th position in the Premier League standings.
  • Aston Villa secured a convincing 5-0 victory in their last league match against Sheffield United.
  • Aston Villa has won 10 out of their last 12 home games across all competitions.
  • Chelsea currently occupies the 11th spot in the Premier League standings.
  • Chelsea has suffered defeats in their last two matches.

Ivory Coast vs DR Congo | Africa Cup of Nations

07/02/2024 20:00

Prediction: 1-0

The second semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled for Wednesday, is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated of the two, primarily because the host nation Ivory Coast is in action. At the Alassane Ouattara Stadium, the Ivorians will be seeking another remarkable feat in what has been an incredible competition. Their journey hasn’t been smooth, as they emerged from a challenging group and secured victories in the round of 16 and quarterfinals through extra time or penalties, often with late equalizing goals. Despite their thrilling performances, the emotional and physical toll on the team may be substantial.

On the other hand, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been steadily improving. After a group stage with three draws, they advanced by defeating Egypt on penalties and Guinea in regular time. They remain undefeated and enjoy an extra day of rest, in addition to boasting a solid squad and excellent team cohesion.

  • So far in the tournament, the Democratic Republic of Congo has secured 4 draws and one victory within the 90 minutes.
  • Ivory Coast has suffered two defeats in the group stage.
  • Ivory Coast enjoys home advantage for the semi-final clash.
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo played their semi-final match one day earlier, providing them with an extra day of rest.