Nigeria VS Cape Verde Prediction and Betting Tips

FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) - Nigeria VS Cape Verde

Kick off: 16-11-2021 16:59 Tuesday (GMT+1)

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Nigeria form (all competitions): LWWLWW

Given the quality within their ranks, Gernot Rohr would have expected Nigeria to have already qualified for the final 10 with one match to spare. However, the late 1-0 defeat at home to Central African Republic on matchday three meant that there was no leeway for complacency after opening the group with two victories. Nigeria have since recorded another six points to remain ahead of their next opponents, but the stakes are still higher than what they probably should have been ahead of the closing 90 minutes. On the face of it, defeating Liberia by a 2-0 scoreline on Saturday looks a comfortable win, yet Nigeria were reliant on penalties from Victor Osimhen and Ahmed Musa. The former now has three goals for the campaign, stepping up to the mark at a time when Kelechi Iheanacho has not netted since the start of the campaign.

 

Cape Verde form (all competitions): LDLWWW

While the Super Eagles are the clear favourites to progress on Tuesday, it would be naive to write off the chances of Cape Verde. Since their 2-1 reverse against Nigeria in September, they have posted three successive victories, each by a one-goal margin to highlight their strength of character. Bubista's team came from behind to prevail from two of those fixtures, performances which have kept their dream of a first-ever World Cup Finals alive. Goals have been shared around the Cape Verde squad with only Julio Tavares netting twice in Group C.

 

Betting Verdict:

Having kept themselves in contention against the odds, Cape Verde will be prepared to give everything on Tuesday. However, it may not be enough against a strong Nigeria team, who we expect to prevail relatively comfortably over the 90 minutes.

 

Nigeria VS Cape Verde

Pick: Nigeria 

 

Nigeria VS Cape Verde Prediction and Betting Tips

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