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Rupert Wyman 30th Jan 2010 - 0:13

Go and back the bore draw

Both of these teams are heading to the World Cup and it is unlikely that either will be highly motivated by this clash, the African Nations Third Place Play-off.

Each side was defeated, by a strong local African rival in their semi-final and may play this match in a style reminiscent of a pre-World Cup warm up match.

An experienced Nigerian side, failed to take their chances against a youthful and energetic Ghana. They had the majority of the possession but Asamoah Gyan scored a first half header, to earn a gritty 1-0 win for the Black Stars. The Super Eagles may be able to welcome back their captain Yobo.

Nigeria's cause was not helped by their player Osaze Odemwingie questioning the team's tactics after the loss to rivals Ghana. He stated, "It will be difficult. We will have to travel again for the last game and have only one day to train, we will be tired. Maybe those who have not had a chance will play."

Algeria finished their match against their North African rivals Egypt with eight players and were easily defeated 4-0.

One of their star players Antar Yahia, stated in the press that he wants to win this game. However, the Desert Foxes coach Rabah Saadane, has admitted the three suspensions will make it hard for Algeria because they do not have much strength in depth within the squad.

The two sides last met at international level in 2005, with the Super Eagles ending up 5-2 winners in a World Cup Qualifier.

I would have Two Single Bets, the Double Result Draw/Draw at 4/1 and the Draw 0-0 at 8/1.

Neither team will be particularly up for the match, with many players wishing they were playing for their club sides this weekend.

The managers will not risk players that are not fully fit, because they do not want to jeopardise their 2010 World Cup first eleven. Algeria's team will be weakened through suspension and Nigeria may be without their captain Yobo.

The teams may be fatigued after their previous high tempo matches and a few Algerian players will be carrying knocks from some late Egyptian tackles. The match will be a somber affair and will be little consolation to fans that may stay away after their teams loss.

So, I would back a bore draw and the 0-0. I will not be setting the Sky Plus TV remote on record for this one off match that is unlikely to be mentioned in the history books.



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