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World Cup Nigeria Preview, Predictions, Players and Stats

Nigeria Preview, Predictions, Players and Stats

Nigeria have played very well in their qualification campaign, but they will have a hard job to do in the Group D with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. They won qualification group that contained current African champion Cameroon, former champion Zambia and Algeria. Here's everything you need to know about the team:

Nigeria have qualified for five of the last six World Cups. The Super Eagles like to play aggressive football and for sure they are highly motivated for the big tournament in Russia. They need at least a draw against Croatia in the opening round and the first game on World Cup will be the most important one for them.

FIFA Ranking: 47

Nigeria World Cup 2018

Nigeria Coach

GERNOT ROHR - The German who took charge of Nigeria in August 2016

Nigeria Players

It is provisional squad and will be reduced to 23 players for the World Cup.

GOALKEPERS:
Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United

DEFENDERS:
Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey), Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, the Netherlands), Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes, France), William Ekong (Bursaspor, Turkey), Leon Balogun (Mainz, Germany), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

MIDFIELDERS:
Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China PR), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas, Spain), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel), Uche Agbo (Standard Liege), Joel Obi (Torino, Italy), Mikel Agu (Bursaspor, Turkey)

FORWARDS:
Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England), Moses Simon (Gent, Belgium), Victor Moses (Chelsea, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China PR), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, England), Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars); Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone, Italy)

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Nigeria Stats

Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)

Nigeria
FORM(WON-DRAW-LOSS)3-2-5
GOALS SCORED10
SHOTS ON TARGET31
SHOTS OFF TARGET47
GOALS CONCEDED15
TOTAL GOALS25
OVER 1.5 GOALS7
OVER 2.5 GOALS4
OVER 3.5 GOALS3
UNDER 1.5 GOALS3
UNDER 2.5 GOALS6
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE5
CLEAN SHEETS2
CORNERS39
FOULS160
YELLOWS14
REDS2
OFFSIDES8

Nigeria World Cup History

World Cup appearances: 5
Semifinals: 0
Best finish: Round of 16
Last World Cup: 2014

Nigeria World Cup 2018 Matches

June 16 - Nigeria vs. Croatia
June 21 - Nigeria vs. Iceland
June 26 - Nigeria vs. Argentina

Nigeria Prediction and Expectations on World Cup 2018

World Cup 2018 campaign is going to be tough sledding for Nigeria. They have been drawn into one of the most difficult groups on the World Cup in Russia and they don't have lot of chances to go through. Maybe they can pick up some points against Iceland, but also it will not be an easy job. They will play aggressive in attack and we expect a lot of excitements, scoring chances and goals on their matches.

Nigeria Bet and Odds:

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