England v Nigeria Betting Preview – 02/06/18

England v Nigeria Betting Preview – 02/06/18

England

With just two friendly matches left before England jet off to Russia for this year’s World Cup, Gareth Southgate knows that anything but two wins against both Nigeria and Costa Rica will be a huge confidence blow for his side heading into the tournament. This Saturday sees the Three Lions welcome Salisu Yusuf’s Nigeria to Wembley Stadium in a game that on paper they should win comfortably.

England head into this fixture in strong form; after winning their World Cup qualifying group with ease last year, Gareth Southgate’s men then played out two goalless draws with two extremely strong Germany and Brazil sides in November. Both of these matches were played with very experimental sides, with several players making their international debut so it was promising to see that these players could hold their own against the worlds strongest outfits.

Fast forward four months and two more friendly games against first the Netherlands and then Italy also acted as strong tests to our National team, but they dealt with it well, avoiding defeat in both matches. A Jesse Lingard goal against Ronald Koeman’s Holland secured a 1-0 win for the Three Lions in Amsterdam, before a late penalty from Lorenzo Insigne cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s first half strike against Italy just four days later at Wembley, which saw that game against the Azzurri end 1-1.

Southgate’s 23 man squad has been finalised, so it’s now time for the England boss to choose the formation and starting line-up he’ll go for against Tunisia on June 18th. These two forthcoming friendly games against Nigeria and Costa Rica will be the perfect opportunity for the former Middlesbrough defender to add any finishing touches to his tactical plans, so it’s going to be very interesting to see who makes the cut this Saturday evening.

Nigeria

Nigeria endured an almost inch-perfect qualifying campaign ahead of this summer’s World Cup. The ‘Super Eagles’ finished top of their group ahead of Zambia, Cameroon & Algeria, winning four and drawing two of their six games. They’ll take some good confidence into this year’s tournament, but know that it’s going to take something very special to qualify past the group stages due to how strong their group is.

Salisu Yusuf’s men were drawn alongside Argentina, Croatia & Iceland in Group D. All three of those sides have some fantastic quality, with Argentina the obvious favourites to win the group. Players such as Real Madrid magician Luka Modric, Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic, Inter’s Ivan Perisic and Juventus’s Mario Mandzukic will also make Croatia an incredibly difficult side to beat in Russia. Meanwhile, Euro 2016 surprise package Iceland will also prove to be a huge challenge, with Everton’s Gilfy Sigurdsson and Burnley’s Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson just two of several players of real quality for the Scandinavian minnows.

Despite a strong qualifying campaign, the visitors head into this clash in pretty poor form having won just one of their three recent friendly games. A 1-0 win away at Poland courtesy of a Victor Moses goal is their only victory in the last three months, with a 2-0 defeat to Serbia and 1-1 draw with Congo DR proceeding that win. They’ll definitely be the fresher side in this fixture however, considering that game against Congo was only on Monday, and with players like Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Chelsea’s Victor Moses in the side it’s definitely not going to be an easy game for England here.

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