South Africa Knock Out Tournament Favorites
Cape Verde vs South Africa is not the Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-Final matchup many expected to see. South Africa knocked out tournament favorites Morocco in the round of 16 and now have an excellent opportunity to make their first Semifinal since 2000.
Meanwhile, Cape Verde have never reached the semis and could make history on Saturday. Ahead of the last AFCON Quarter-Final, we’ll check out the Cape Verde vs South Africa odds.
⚽ Cape Verde vs South Africa ⚽
Location: Stade Charles Konan Banny de Yamoussoukro, Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
Streaming: Watch Live Sports
This is the first opportunity for soccer betting in this fixture in the Africa Cup of Nations knockout stage. These teams met in the group stage in 2013 but the match finished scoreless.
Cape Verde are on a three-game unbeaten run vs South Africa and they completed a sweep of Bafana Bafana in 2018 World Cup qualifying. All-time, both teams have picked up two wins in this fixture, with one draw.
Cape Verde Punching Above Their Weight
Cape Verde may be the smallest country at the Africa Cup of Nations but they’re certainly not playing that way. The Blue Sharks entered the tournament with just two wins at AFCON all-time.
They’ve already won three games in Ivory Coast and shockingly finished on top of a group that also included Egypt and Ghana. Cape Verde scored a stoppage time winner in their group stage opener, a 2-1 win vs Ghana that set the tone for the Blue Sharks.
They went on to destroy Mozambique 3-0 and draw 2-2 with 2021 finalists Egypt. Cape Verde seem to have a penchant for late goals. Three of their eight goals at the tournament have been scored after the 85th minute. In the round of 16, vs Mauritania, Cape Verde captain Ryan Mendes converted an 88th minute penalty for the game’s only goal.
It was Cape Verde’s first-ever knockout stage win at the Africa Cup of Nations and they’re thinking about more. Unbeaten through four matches, Cape Verde have been an intriguing option for ATS and moneyline picks and parlays.
Now, the Cape Verde vs South Africa odds price the Blue Sharks as slight +175 underdogs for this match. Cape Verde have averaged two goals per game in their four AFCON matches so far and have conceded just three times. Bettors should also note that Cape Verde have only lost three of their 15 historical AFCON matches in 90 minutes.
South Africa Pull Off Stunning Upset
South Africa pulled off one of the upsets of the tournament by defeating favorites Morocco 2-0. Bafana Bafana entered the match as +705 underdogs but managed to shut out the 2022 World Cup Semifinalists.
Evidence Makgopa opened up the scoring in the 57th minute and it appeared he may have been offside. However, a VAR check confirmed the goal and South Africa did their best to try to hold on.
Morocco did win a late penalty but Achraf Hakimi hit the crossbar on his spot kick. South Africa earned a free kick in a dangerous position in stoppage time, which Teboho Mokoena buried in the top corner. Since losing their first match to Mali, 2-0, South Africa have kept three straight clean sheets. Almost every single one of South Africa’s players participate in their domestic league.
Bafana Bafana make up for their lack of big names with cohesion. Burnley forward Lyle Foster pulled out of the squad before the tournament but South Africa have gotten on just fine without him. South Africa also defeated Morocco in Africa Cup of Nations qualification in 2023 and they’re capable of hanging with CAF’s biggest teams.
Match Analysis & Odds
South Africa opened as underdogs but they’re now listed as +170 moneyline favorites in this pick’em. Cape Verde come in as ever-so-slight +175 underdogs and bettors can find a draw at +190 odds.
Any outcome here is feasible and these are two unpredictable sides. Heading into the tournament, Cape Verde had lost four of their last six matches. Now, the Blue Sharks are unbeaten in four AFCON matches.
South Africa had won just two of their previous 10 matches before defeating Namibia 4-0 in the group stage. The Cape Verde vs South Africa odds price South Africa pk at -120 and Cape Verde pk at -110. Cape Verde are just a win away from their first appearance in the AFCON Semifinal and have a decent shot to pull it off.
Seven different Cape Verde players have gotten on the scoresheet so far while Themba Zwane leads Bafana Bafana, with two goals. Under two goals show -135 odds in what should be an incredibly tight match. The winner will take on either Nigeria or Angola in the Semifinal.
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