Preview: Cape Verde vs Nigeria – prediction, team news, line-ups, where to watch
Nigeria travels to Aderito Sena Stadium on Tuesday to meet Cape Verde seeking a second World Cup qualifying victory.
Cape Verde, on the other hand, are seeking a first victory in Group C after stalling in their first match for the last time. Going head-to-head for the first time in three years, Nigeria eliminated Liberia’s threat with a 2-0 win in the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Friday.
Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho broke the deadlock midway through the first half, before grabbing a second at the halftime hit.
Consequently, Gernot Rohr’s men are undefeated in their last seven competitive outings, winning five of them, including each of the last three.
Having secured their spot in next year’s AFCON in January, the Super Eagles continue their quest to present at the November World Cup with the first meeting against Cape Verde.
With six appearances already under their belt, Tuesday’s hosts already have the necessary experience at this level, which could play an important role in their qualifying campaign.
Cape Verde lost the opportunity to jump-start their qualifying campaign with a victory after a 1-1 draw against the Central African Republic on Wednesday.
Julio Tavares saw his goal in the first half canceled eight minutes after the second period by Tresor Toropite, leading to a share of the spoils in Douala.
The Blue Sharks now return to their home turf, where they are unbeaten in five games and clinch an impressive 3-1 win over Cameroon last time out.
With high-caliber opponents expected in town once again, Tuesday’s hosts will be confident of securing another feather in the cap.
Nigeria will be without Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Leon Balogun, William Ekong, Oghenekaro Etebo, and Joe Aribo as Cape Verde is on the Red List of travel restrictions for UK resident players.
The likes of Shehu Abdullahi, Ahmed Musa, and Samuel Kalu are in line to be named in the starting XI this time after coming off the bench last time out.
Musa’s next appearance for his nation will be his 100th, second only to the duo of Vincent Enyeama and Joseph Yobo who currently lead the way with 101.
Julio Tavares ended a three-year international goal drought with his equalizer against the Central African Republic, and the 32-year-old also became his nation’s 10th most capitalized player of all time in the aforementioned game. .
Ryan Mendes has scored two of Cape Verde’s last three goals on home soil, the most recent of which was a 3-1 win over Cameroon.
Cape Verde possible lineup:
Vozinha; D.Tavares, Lopes, Stopira, S. Furtado; Andrade, Ponck, Santos; Mendes, J.Tavares, A. Furtado
Nigeria possible lineup:
Okoye; Aina, Collins, Omeruo, Ebuehi; Innocent, Abdullahi, Kalu; Simon, Musa, Osimhen
We predict: Cape Verde 0-1 Nigeria
Despite the unavailability of several key stars, the Super Eagles will be backing up to claim all three points on the road. While they may not be as dominant as last time out, we are tipping Nigeria to come out on top.