Nigeria’s place in the next round of World Cup qualifiers is on the verge of being secured, but they will try to finish the qualification in the best possible way.The penultimate match will be played on Saturday against Liberia.
Preview of World Cup qualifiers
Nigeria certainly looks like one of the teams looking set to make it through the next qualifying round. There is still work to be done for them this weekend with two games to play, as Cape Verde is just two points behind them in the current standings.
Nigeria staggeringly lost to Central African Republic in their last home game, which offered a glimmer of hope to the pack of pursuers. It could still be a cautious ending for the group as Cape Verde and Nigeria meet in this group’s final qualifier on Tuesday. Nigeria recovered from that shock defeat with a win in the next match against the same opposition. Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen scored goals in the 2-0 rematch. But they need to get back on track this weekend, as the pressure will be on them.
When it comes to pressure, there won’t be any in Liberia this weekend. They are already out of the game to reach the next round of the qualifying stages in Africa, and their main goal will be to avoid finishing at the bottom of the leaderboard.
Liberia have only achieved one victory in this group, with that victory against the Central African Republic. They have not been able to build on the hat win, as they have lost each of their last two games against Cape Verde. They can still score a maximum of nine points, but it is impossible for them to qualify, as Nigeria and Cape Verde both face each other in the last game of the group.
Liberia vs Nigeria head to head
Liberia have lost to Nigeria on ten previous occasions. Nations have only clashed on 15 occasions. Liberia last won this match in July 2000. But they are seven winless.
Liberia vs Nigeria prediction
Nigeria have a very strong record against Liberia, and it would be difficult to face them in this match on Saturday, as they desperately need to win to stay in the lead. Expect Osimhen to score in a win for Nigeria.
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