In Russia, Nigeria will be playing its 6th World Cup. The super Eagles have been drawn with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland – a complicated group. Here’s everything you need to know about the Nigerian team and some rewarding bets we think are worth considering.
The team’s nickname
The Super Eagles or the Green Eagles as per the colour of their jersey.
Gernot Rohr has been coaching Nigeria since August 2016. After heading teams like Gabon and Burkina Faso, the German technician decided to lead the Super Eagles to another World Cup qualification. He succeeded in its quest by taking the team to first rank in a group featuring the African champion Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia.
The team’s star player
John Obi Mikel, the team’s captain, has won countless titles with Chelsea, a club where he played from 2006 to 2017. Amongst others he has won with the London club a Champion’s league title (2011/12), a Europa League (2012/13), two Premiership titles (2010, 2015) and four FA cups (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012).
Previous World Cup results
Nigeria has reached the knockout stage three times in its history: in 1994, 1998 and 2014.
The team’s top rank so far has been 9th, in 1994 in the USA.
In their last appearance in Brazil, they finished in the 16th spot with one win, a draw and 2 defeats.
World Cup 2018 team
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United).
Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), William Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa).
Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone)
The team’s chances
In a difficult group featuring Argentina, Croatia and Iceland, Nigeria will be aiming for one of the first two places of group D. Argentina appears like a serious contender to top the group, but the team has been scraping through World Cup qualification. If Nigeria manages to beat Argentina like it did in a 4/2 friendly win last November, the team could take first spot and avoid a difficult game against France in the knockout stage.
Top rewarding bets to make on Nigeria’s games
Croatia vs Nigeria (16/06):
Nigeria to win: 5.25
Both teams to score: 2.20
Final score 1-1: 7.30
Nigeria vs Iceland (22/06):
Nigeria to win: 2.55
Over 2.5 goals in the game: 2.38
Nigeria to win and both teams to score: 5.75
Nigeria vs Argentina (26/06):
Under 2.5 goals in the game: 2.16
Argentina to score in both half: 2.22
Final score 2-1: 21