Nigeria vs Senegal: Preview & Prediction
It is teeming with offensive people of high class in both African heavyweights. Also good defensivfolk, certainly, but there is little doubt in both defense and with a little luck it can be a fun, ie målrig, test match.
UPDATE: Moses has canceled; a weakening of Nigeria offensive. Second Chance Rating: 48 (instead of 50).
Therefore see the tip
Nigeria last games were målrige: World Cup qualifier in Oct. and Nov. 2-1 victory in Zambia and 3-1 at home to Algeria.
The objectives of Zambia put in by Iwobi and Iheanacho, 2 goals against Algeria of Moses. Strong Premier League offensive people.
Nigeria must do without the experienced def midfield man Mikel.
Nigeria’s central defender Balogun has not played for Mainz ‘first team since December Replaces Ekong only 1 match for Gent since Christmas switch from Haugesund.
Senegal was the best team at the CAN and was unlucky (good chances, many endings) not to score (and smoking out) in the quarter-final against Cameroon.
Before that Senegal scored in 12 games in a row, 2 goals in 11 officers example of Liverpool winger Mane, Stoke striker Diouf and Lazio offensive man Keita.
Senegal left back Mbengue has recently returned after a half month injury break. Right Dude Gassama’s attacks happy.
Senegal goalkeeper Diallo (13 caps) has closed nine goals in the last 5 matches for Rizespor. Nigeria-keeper Ikeme (Wolverhampton) has only nine caps (*).
What to watch for
The match in London. Good for the players (for example, those who live in England) that they do not have to travel far, but there may only be about 5,000 spectators at The Hive.
Nigerian left-back Elderson is questionable – not certain he when getting visas. Also doubt some Senegalese (they ought to reach it).
The absence of Mikel weakens not only Nigeria’s defensive, even offensive. He scored one goal against Algeria in November
Nigeria has a strong defender in Omeruo (owned by Chelsea, playing in Alanya Spor), and def-man midfield Onazi (Trabzonspor) is also good.
Nigeria did not participate in the CAN has not played since Nov. New test match on Monday against Burkina Faso, in London (Senegal against Ivory Coast in Paris).
Senegal has class-center defenders in such Coulibaly (Napoli) and Mbodji (Anderlecht). And a mighty talented midfield dynamo in Gueye (Everton).
Senegal has kept a clean sheet in 4 of the last 5 matches. At the other end: Striker Diouf has not scored for Stoke or the national team since September.
A judge has received a lifetime suspension for improper punishments against Senegal in the autumn 1-2 loss in South Africa. Rematch is an option. Ecclesiastical Qualifying?
Nigeria vs Senegal: Direct Matches
09.02.06 ACN Senegal Nigeria 0 : 1
31.01.06 ACN Nigeria Senegal 2 : 1
07.02.02 ACN Nigeria Senegal 1 : 2 (1 : 1)
07.02.00 ACN Nigeria Senegal 2 : 1 (1 : 1)
11.01.92 ACN Nigeria Senegal 2 : 1
Nigeria vs Senegal: Betting Tips
X2 – Odds: 1.40
Under 2,5 goals – Odds: 1.50