Preview: Nigeria vs Liberia – prediction, team news, lineups
In the first round of Africa World Cup Qualifiers matches, Nigeria host Liberia on Friday.
The visitors reached this stage by beating Sierra Leone in the first round, while Nigeria enters the group stage and is looking forward to next year’s tournament.
After reaching the knockout stage at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Nigeria failed to impress in Russia three years ago as they left the group stage after one win and two losses.
A year later, Gernot Rohr’s team put together an impressive African Cup of Nations campaign, but lost 2-1 to eventual winner Algeria in the semi-final after a 95-minute win for their opponents, before defeating Tunisia in the playoff to seal third place.
The Super Eagles then confirmed their qualification for next year’s continental tournament with a solid performance in the African Cup of Nations Qualification, with 14 points from six games, and scored 14 goals to top their group.
After a three-match winless streak in the recent friendly round, Rohr’s men will be eager to bounce back and begin their World Cup qualifying run in style, with their sights set on reaching the world tournament for the fourth time. consecutive.
They face a Liberian team that reached this stage thanks to an aggregate victory over Sierra Leone in the first round of 2019.
Peter Butler’s men got off to a good start in that encounter, as Terrence Tisdell, Mo Sangare, and Sam Johnson all scored on the score sheet in a 3-1 home win, before narrowing to a two-game win. despite falling to a 1-0 away loss.
Since then, Liberia has won just two of seven matches in all competitions, including a slightly disappointing streak in the African Cup of Nations Qualifying, as it finished third in its four-team group with seven points from six games.
While they managed to score a 1-0 win over Libya in the most recent round of friendlies, that win was followed by a 5-1 win at the hands of Algeria, which dealt a major blow to their confidence.
Now they face all odds in qualifying for the World Cup next year, and they hope to start their offering with what would be a striking surprise.
Nigeria possible starting lineup:
Akpeyi; Aina, Troost-Ekong, Awaziem, Sanusi; Etebo, Ndidi; Musa, Onyeku, Osimhen; Iheanacho
Liberia possible starting lineup:
Songo; Jerbo, Saygbe, Dweh, Paye, Bah; Njie, Macauley, Dorley; Wilson, Sherman