The Opta supercomputer has given Nigeria a 28.8% chance to win the 2023 African Cup Nation in Cote D’ivoire.
Opta supercomputers play a crucial role in the field of computational science, and are used for a wide range of computationally intensive tasks in various fields, including quantum mechanics, weather forecasting, climate research, oil and gas exploration and so on.
Opta’s prediction model estimates the probability of each match outcome – win, draw or loss – by using betting market odds and Stats Perform’s team rankings.
It evaluates the likelihood of teams finishing in each position in a competition.
Nigeria emerges as the top contender after the elimination of Senegal and Morocco.
Jose Peseiro’s side set the stage for an exciting quarterfinal clash against Angola on Friday after defeating the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon 2-0 thanks to Ademola Lookman’s brace.
The Super Eagles’ flawless performance, securing maximum points without conceding since their opening draw against Equatorial Guinea, has propelled them to the forefront of the tournament.
In the predictions, Mali follows closely as the second favourite with a 14.7% chance, while the host country, Ivory Coast, holds the third spot with a 13.5% likelihood of winning.
The predictions also indicated DR Congo and Cape Verde as fourth and fifth favourites, with South Africa ranking sixth after defeating Morocco in the round of 16.
The quarterfinal fixtures will be a fight of the titans, with Nigeria facing Angola and other exciting games lined up.
Football enthusiasts will be looking forward to thrilling encounters as the tournament advance to the next stage.