This game comes from a brutal World Cup qualifying group that as well as Nigeria and Cameroon, includes Algeria and Zambia. Three of those sides made it to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup but only one will be in Russia, as only the group winner qualifies and there are no play-offs. Right now Nigeria look the side most likely to progress and they are capable of cementing top spot with another win here.
They’ve won both group games so far to open up a 4 point cushion on the rest. They can land a hammer blow to Cameroon’s hopes if they win and that’ll certainly be the aim. Nigeria’s home record in World Cup qualifying is exceptional and points to them being the most likely victors. They’ve played 22 home qualifiers in the 21st Century, winning 19, drawing 3 and losing none.
This current crop is arguably stronger than the team they sent to Brazil. The likes of Leicester duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi have emerged over the past couple of years and they already had the base of a good side.
Cameroon by contrast really do lack any major star names and they’ve rarely been prolific, despite some success in recent years. They were surprise winners of the African Cup of Nations earlier in the year, largely thanks to strong defensive showings but they haven’t really impressed since that success. They took just 1 point and conceded 6 goals in their 3 Confederations Cup matches in the summer and are yet to win a game in this group.
Perhaps their AFCON win was a false dawn, as overall Nigeria look on paper the stronger side and with home advantage, backing Nigeria to Win at 17/20 looks the value bet.
Venue : Godswill Akpabio International Stadium ( Uyo, Akwa Ibom)
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