Nigeria vs Angola AFCON prediction: Super Eagles match time and where to watch live

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A place in the semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2024) is at stake as Nigeria and Angola square off against each other.

Nigeria are the highest-ranked team left in the competition and are regarded by many as favourites.

Nevertheless, Nigeria coach Jose Peseiro has played down those suggestions and suggested both teams have an equal chance to win this game.

Which of these teams will reign supreme at the end of this match?

Super Eagles match time

This quarter-final game will be played at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan on Friday February 2.

Kick-off time is 6 pm WAT.

Nigeria

Nigeria's Super Eagles defeated Cameroon by two unanswered goals in the Round of 16.

They've been one of the most successful teams in the history of this tournament, with more semi-final appearances than everyone else.

Peseiro's troops will set their sights on another trip to the last four.

Angola

On the other hand, Angola cruised through a comfortable 3-0 win over Namibia in the last 16.

Unlike the Super Eagles, Angola have never made it through to the semi-final of the Nations Cup.

Can they make history on Friday?

Nigeria vs Angola head to head

Nigeria and Angola will square off against each other for the 11th time on Friday.

Five of their previous 10 clashes ended in stalemates, while Nigeria have won three times and lost twice.

While four of 10 previous encounters between these outfits were in the qualifying rounds of the Nations Cup, this will be their first meeting at the AFCON.

Interestingly, there have been a few memorable Nigeria vs Angola clashes over the years.

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Nigeria vs Angola potential lineups

The Super Eagles received a major injury boost, as Stanley Nwabali returns to action after picking up an injury in the Round of 16.

A 3-4-3 formation has worked quite well for Nigeria, so Peseiro will likely adopt it once more.

Angola, on the other hand, will have to do without first-choice goalkeeper Neblú, who was sent off in the previous round.

The Palancas Negras will likely line up in a 4-3-3 formation for this match.

It's worth keeping an eye out for Gelson Dala. The Al Wakrah player found the net four times in this tournament, he registered two goals and an assist in Angola's previous game.

With that in mind, these are our probable Nigeria vs Angola lineups:

Nigeria

Goalkeeper: Stanley Nwabali.
Defenders: Semi Ajayi, William Troost-Ekong, Calvin Bassey.
Midfielders: Ola Aina, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi, Zaidu Sanusi.
Forwards: Samuel Chukwueze, Victor Osimhen, Ademola Lookman.

Angola

Goalkeeper: Antonio Signori.
Defenders: To Carniero, Jonathan Buatu, Kialonda Gaspar, Eddie Afonso.
Midfielders: Estrela, Show, Fredy.
Forwards: Gelson Dala, Mabululu, Gilberto.

Nigeria vs Angola AFCON 2024
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Nigeria vs Angola tactical analysis

Nigeria have enjoyed some fine form lately, they've won three in a row, and have no losses in their last four matches.

The Super Eagles have been arguably the best defensive side so far. They've kept three consecutive clean sheets, and have conceded fewer goals than every other team.

Interestingly, Angola put up similar results like Nigeria at this tournament.

They kicked off their AFCON 2024 campaign with a draw, before winning three consecutive matches.

Pedro Goncalves' troops have also been solid defensively, keeping five clean sheets in their last seven matches.

Nigeria vs Angola prediction

These are two teams that know how to defend. While Nigeria did not concede any goals in their last three matches, Angola kept five clean sheets in their last seven games.

This will likely be a tightly-contested fixture, and we have a feeling that it'll be a low-scoring affair.

On that note, our Nigeria vs Angola prediction is that one of these teams will not score.

Where to watch Nigeria vs Angola live

As usual, AfroSport TV, Supersport, NTA Sports 24 and StarTimes will broadcast this match for fans who reside in Nigeria.

Meanwhile those in Angola can catch all the action live on Girassol TV, TPA 2 and Supersport.

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