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Nic Ladds 24th Jan 2010 - 21:12

Zambia poised to shoot the Eagles down

As the African Cup of Nations enters the quarter final stages there will be four nervous teams all desperate to progress to the semi - final and get that one stage closer to the final.

Egypt v Cameroon - 15:45 live on Eurosport

Egypt come in to this game defending a so far perfect record in the tournament having won all their group games, only conceding one goal and it is no surprise to see them installed as 7/5 favourites.

The six - time African Nations champions have World Cup hopefuls Cameroon in their way but "Les Lions Indomptables" have not looked great so far, losing to Gabon and coming from behind to draw with Tunisia and beat Zambia and they are 19/10 to win this tougher test with the draw at 9/4.

The Pharaohs have attacking threats from all over the pitch with strike force Emad Moteab (5/1 for first goal) and Mohammed Zidan (13/2) a force to be reckoned with while midfielder Mohamed Gedo (9/1) has already chipped in with two and will hope to add to that tally at this crucial stage.

Cameroon unsurprisingly have looked to captain fantastic Samuel Eto'o for their main source of goals and the Inter hitman is 5/1 to open the scoring here, while Pierre Webo is 7/1 and Newcastle's Geremi 14/1 or 11/2 to score anytime.

The underdogs will be desperate to gain revenge over Egypt as they defeated them in the 2008 final of this competition and prevented them getting to the 2006 World Cup but against the form side this may be difficult.

The Egypt defence has been solid and it may not be like some of the goalfests that we have seen in the group stages and backing the Pharaohs to win 1-0 at 5/1 or 2-0 at 9/1 could well be the way to profit but any side with Eto'o in is going to be a threat and 2-1 Cameroon is 8/1 while a 1-1 draw at 9/2 is plausible given the even look of the sides on paper.

Not being in this year's World Cup seems to have spurred Egypt on and they look good value for the win as Cameroon will want their revenge but against an organised Egyptian side they will certainly have to raise their game and a narrow 1-0 win at 5/1 looks worth a punt and if you're looking for a goal scorer then chancing Gedo at 9/1 to get that goal looks a decent wager.

Egypt v Cameroon betting

Zambia v Nigeria - 19:15 live on Eurosport

Nigeria's performance so far in the competition has left much to be desired and it will take a brave man to pile in to the 4/6 on offer for them to see off 9/2 chances Zambia despite them having much the stronger team on paper.

The Super Eagles got through the group stages with wins over Mozambique and Benin but they were put in their place by Egypt while Zambia won one, drew one and lost one but were unlucky to not have done better and Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu will know that a loss here will almost certainly see him sacked.

Zambia can relax as they have achieved their original objective and this could mean they flow better than a panicking Nigeria side and strikers James Chamanga and Jacob Mulenga have both looked useful so far and the pair are 9/1 to open the scoring while the impressive Felix Katongo will be on penalty duty and is big at 20/1 to score first or 7/1 to score anytime.

Nigeria have a wealth of attacking talent but lack creativity with Nwankwo Kanu being forced to operate in midfield to feed Peter Odemwingie (4/1 to score first) and Obafemi Martins (9/2) and they dearly miss a player in the mould of Jay Jay Okocha and calls for him to return underline the problems they face.

Zambia have gained a lot of admirers for their attacking style of football, a style which has seen them score first in every game but this does leave them exposed as the back which could leave them vulnerable to Nigeria's pace up front so a back of over 2.5 goals at 5/4 looks a great bet.

For a correct score a 2-1 Nigeria win would be in the right goal area at 13/2 while 3-2 is 33/1 but if you fancy Zambia to nick it, big prices are available on 2-1 (14/1), 3-1 (50/1) and 3-2 (66/1) while a 2-2 draw at 18/1 or 3-3 draw at a whopping 100/1 look possible and incidentally a draw on the match betting market is 5/2.

Nigeria have the class and pedigree but have lacked the ambition and organisation so far and a care - free Zambia could really put it up the Super Eagles and a back of the underdogs at 9/2 looks a decent bet and how often do you get to back a lively 100/1 shot?

Not often I'll bet so have a couple of quid on the 3-3 scoreline and if you fancy the draw also look to Zambia to qualify at 5/2, an event which could have big ramifications for a Nigeria side and their coach who look in trouble coming up to the World Cup.

Zambia v Nigeria betting


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