After every team in Group C drew their opening matches at the 2013 African Nations Cup, expect Nigeria to start to push the pedal to the metal when it takes on at 10am EST Friday.The Nigerians were mere moments away from taking all three points in their opening match but were thwarted at the last play of the game when Burkina Faso tied it up.
Nigeria was over-aggressive in that match, and as such has already seen Celtic defender Efe Ambrose go off with a red card which has him missing this match.
Despite the disappointing result, the Super Eagles were in control for the majority of the game and were unfortunate to not have a handball call go their way. Their opponent in Zambia will be of better quality as it surprisingly won this tournament last year over Ivory Coast in penalties, but with a strong and healthy roster still available Nigeria should come away with a win here.
A Nigerian victory in the three-way outrights is slated at 2.32 over at Uwin.com, while to lead at halftime it bumps up to a nice 3.05.
The draw result at the end of 90 minutes can be taken at 3.15, and with the high amount of draws that we have seen so far at this competition combined with the pair of 1-1 draws from their openers, don't be too shocked to see another here.
Another consistent factor so far in the African Cup has been the low amount of goals per match. Only two of 12 games so far have produced three or more goals. There has been an average of only 1.5 goals per game. The under 2.5 here is listed at 1.44, while the over is naturally paying a higher than normal average of 2.44. Had Nigeria pulled the trigger on a few of its open chances against BF or the referee had gotten a few calls right in the box, we would have seen that hit.
The Zambians, as mentioned before, are the defending tournament champions and drew Ethiopa in their opening game - a team that sits atop in their World Cup Qualifying group which includes South Africa - and are tied with Ghana in their WCQ group after two matches. They have some quality players including Southampton's 22-year-old forward Emmanuel Mayuka and will be the contender with Nigeria to top the group. A victory for the defending champs is being offered at 3.40 for the outright win.
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