10. Hosts South Africa overcame Cape Verde both at home and away in the 2006 World Cup qualification campaign. Bafana Bafana are favourites at 1.57 to beat them on Saturday.
9. This year’s competition will be Cape Verde’s first appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations. The debutants can be backed at 6.00 to record a shock victory in the tournament’s opening game.
8. In the build-up to the tournament, South Africa most recently drew 0-0 with Algeria, whilst Cape Verde were involved in an unexpected stalemate with Nigeria. A share of the spoils on Saturday night can be backed at 3.65.
7. Under manager Gordon Igesund, South Africa have only managed to find the net seven times in eight games. Over 1.5 total goals scored is available at 1.35, with unders at 2.90.
6. With a total population of 500,000 people, Cape Verde are the smallest nation competing in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations. The islanders can be backed at 2.28 to either win or draw in a Double Chance bet.
5. South Africa beat Cape Verde the last time the sides met in a World Cup qualifier, in 2004. Igesund’s side are available at 1.12 to either win or draw in a Double Chance bet.
4. The final score in that game was 2-1 to South Africa. A repeat of that exact scoreline on Saturday night is priced at 9.00.
3. Bafana Bafana drew blanks in their last two warm-up games (0-1 v Norway, 0-0 v Algeria). The hosts are priced at 4.70 not to score against Cape Verde.
2. A 1-0 defeat or a 0-0 draw for South Africa can be backed at 12.50 and 8.75 respectively.
1. Cape Verde surprisingly knocked out Cameroon in the tournament’s qualification campaign with a 3-2 aggregate victory. A 3-2 win over 90 minutes against South Africa is available at 70.00.