World Cup 2018 - NIGERIA I Betting Tips, Odds* and Prognosis

Nigeria probably would have hoped for an easier draw at the World Cup 2018. Nevertheless we were able to make out appealing betting opportunities for the Super Eagles’ matches against Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in Group D. Additionally we provide a thorough roster analysis as well as an evaluation of Nigeria’s performance in the qualification.

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  • World Cup tips and prognosis
  • Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Nigeria
  • Roster analysis
  • Qualification and form check
  • Previous final round participations

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World Cup 2018 Betting Tips

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In this section we present detailed previews, exciting betting tips and of course the best odds for every match at the World Cup 2018.

What can we expect from Nigeria’s participation at the World Cup 2018?

Next to Iceland Nigeria is one of those underdogs in Group D that are able to pull off a small sensation at the World Cup 2018 in our opinion. Bookmakers believe that Nigeria is the most unlikely team to make it to the knock out stage in this equal Group D, but low odds of 3.40 at Interwetten are not a typical number for an underdog either. We basically also think that under normal circumstances the favorites from Argentina and Croatia are supposed to finish first and second, but certain match ups in this group at the World Cup 2018 promise good perspectives and surprises cannot be excluded in this group constellation as well.

For the match against Croatia we found odds of 4.33 for a Nigerian win at Intertops for example and regarding the strong roster of the Africans, this is not an impossible outcome. Additionally we can recommend placing a bet on more than 2.5 scored goals in this duel. William Hill lists odds of 2.20 for this event. Since Nigeria’s defense isn’t the steadiest one, Croatia’s top offense may various good chances to score. Due to their defensive weaknesses betting tips on scored goals are generally a good idea for matches of the team from Africa. This particularly counts for the duel against Argentina. A friendly match between the two teams in November 2017 ended in a 4:2 victory for Nigeria. Not only because of this impressive result in the preparation for the World Cup 2018 we want to emphasize again at the end of this analysis that Nigeria is not the total underdog that they seem to be at first glance.

Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Nigeria

  • To be eliminated in the group stage
  • In the matches against Argentina and Croatia: There will be scored over 2.5 goals
  • Betting strategy: 2 single bets on
    - Finishing the group ranked 3rd
    - Finishing the group ranked 4th

Which roster does Nigeria send to the World Cup 2018?

With the Premier League offensive line around Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses from FC Chelsea and Kelechi Iheanacho from Leicester City Nigeria doesn’t need to hide from anybody at the World Cup 2018. Their offense is full of players from international top leagues and therefore is one of the great strengths of the Nigerian roster. They will be hard to stop even for opponents like Argentina and Croatia. Midfield strategist Ndidi and counter attack striker Ahmed Musa are also Premier League players and earn their money at Leicester City.

These strong roster parts are complemented by a defensive line with less popular names like William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun and Abdullahi Shehu. So one can make out a small fall in performance between offense and defense when analyzing the roster. With the combination of powerful offense and shaky defense we expect a lot of scored goals in matches with Nigerian participation at the World Cup 2018. Therefore betting tips on scored goals may be a good strategy for Nigerian World Cup matches, which we also mentioned in our betting recommendations.

Not only betting enthusiasts, but also Scouts from international top clubs will follow Nigeria’s performances at the World Cup 2018 with great interest, after all the two defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Ola Aina count as big future hopes and therefore will be watched closely, if they get to play in Russia. From a tactical perspective Nigeria mainly played in a 4-2-3-1 basic formation during the qualification. In the friendly match against Argentina they tested a three men line for the first time though and were pretty successful. Nigeria impressively won 4:2 and so put out a first exclamation point heading to the World Cup. Of course test game results shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but this clear victory over a great football nation like Argentina let the expectations concerning the Nigerians grow at the World Cup 2018.

How did Nigeria qualify for the World Cup 2018 in Russia?

In a qualification group with Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria Nigeria was able to clearly finish first with a five point lead on the second ranked team and so locked down the World Cup ticket early. The “Super Eagles” even were able to get over a point loss in the last round. In the match against Algeria head coach Gernot Rohr let Abdullah Shehu play, who was supposed to sit out a yellow card suspension and so the 1:1 draw was turned into a 3:0 in favor of Algeria by the FIFA afterwards. This didn’t change anything for Nigeria anymore though. One still has to take that fact into consideration when looking at the goal record of six received goals in six matches. Without this decision Nigeria only would have received four goals which would be the best record in the group.

Still the Africans’ defense around Bursaspor player Troost-Ekong and Balogun from Mainz is average at best in international comparison. Therefore we made Nigeria’s defense out to be their possible weak spot at the World Cup 2018. Their offense on the other hand was top in the qualification, scored eleven goals and therefore shouldn’t be underestimated at the World Cup 2018 either. By the way Nigeria played a friendly match against Argentina in November 2017 and was able to win 4:2. This impressive win against the World Cup favorite underlines Nigeria’s ambitions at the World Cup 2018, although we want to mention that results from friendly matches shouldn’t be overrated in a serious analysis.

How often did Nigeria already participate at World Cup final rounds?

The World Cup in Russia will be the “Super Eagles’” fifth World Cup final round participation. In the past four tries Nigeria made it to the round of top 16 three times. The most recent knock-out duel was lost to France in 2014. If the Africans are able to conserve their form from the qualification and the self-confidence from the test match win against Argentina and bring that to the World Cup in Russia, the “Super Eagles” will have good chances to make it past the group stage once more. In any case Nigeria is a team that already performed well at great events in the past and they don’t have anything to lose in the difficult Group D at the World Cup and so they should be considered that much more dangerous.

*All odds: status 15.02.2018

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