World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Nigeria vs Cape Verde prediction and betting tips (November 16)
Nigeria got a 2-1 victory over Cape Verde in the away fixture. Will the Super Eagles get a win and qualify for the play-offs?
Paul Onuachu (Nigeria) finished 2020-21 as one of the most prolific strikers in the world
Paul Onuachu (Nigeria) finished 2020-21 as one of the most prolific strikers in the world
by Dipo Lukman Dipo Lukman

Nigeria will play Cape Verde in the last game of Group C of the CAF qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.

The match will start at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 16 November 2021. The match venue is Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

Latest odds on betting sites

Nigeria has their winning odds placed at 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional). Cape Verde has their winning odds placed at 7.40 (+640; 32/5). The betting odds for a draw are placed at 3.94 (+294; 147/50).

The chances of the outcomes are as follows: Nigeria — 63%, draw — 24%, Cape Verde — 13%.

Latest betting odds on Nigeria vs Cape Verde (16 November 2021):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 2.29 (+129; 129/100)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.60 (-167; 3/5)
  • Asian handicap (-1.50) on Nigeria — 2.45 (+145; 29/20)
  • Asian handicap (+1.50) on Cape Verde — 1.51 (-196; 51/100)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.50 (+150; 3/2)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.50 (-200; 1/2)

Match preview and stats

Cape Verde drew the first game of the World cup qualifiers as they played 1-1 against Central African Republic. Travares scored in the 36th minute for Cape Verde before Toropite equalized in the 53rd minute as the points were shared.

The Blue Sharks qualified for their third ever Africa Cup of Nations as they finished second in the AFCON qualifiers table. Cape Verde had 10 points and scored six goals while conceding just three during the qualifiers for AFCON.

Cape Verde will be looking to qualify for their first ever World Cup and a win against Nigeria will boost their chances of finishing top of the group and qualifying.

Cape Verde team news: All players are available and in contention for the game against Nigeria.

Kelechi Iheanacho scored a brace as Nigeria won by two goals to nil in their first World Cup qualifier game against Liberia. Ihenacho scored the first goal at the 22nd minute after a short corner kick between him and Iwobi before he took a well placed shot into the bottom corner. He got his second at the 44th minute with a nice finish. Nigeria is currently top of the table with three points and two goals scored.

The Super Eagles finished top of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers group as they qualified for the tournament set to take place in January 2021. Nigeria won four games and drew two while scoring 14 and conceding seven. The Super Eagles haven't been in great form since then with just one win in the four games.

Nigeria will be looking to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in their history. They didn't qualify from the group stage in the last edition in Russia with. A last minute goal from Marcos Rojo ensured Argentina qualify for the Knockout stages ahead of Nigeria.

Nigeria team news:Premier League players in the team will be unavailable for the fixture as Cape Verde is in the United Kingdom red list for coronavirus. Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, Leon Balogun, Ola Aina, Joe Aribo and Troost-Ekong are unavailable.

Nigeria vs Cape Verde H2H

This is the second meeting between both sides with the first one ending in a goalless draw.

Key players and lineups

Cape Verde projected starting lineup:

  • Vozinha
  • Carlos Ponck
  • Dylan Tavares
  • Roberto Lopes
  • Steve Furtado
  • Stopira
  • Kenny Rocha Santos
  • Patrick Andrade
  • Julio Tavares
  • Ryan Mendes
  • Willis Furtado

Notable subs: Garry Rodrigues, Jamiro Monteiro.

Ryan Mendes joined Al-Nasr SC in 2020 from Sharjah Cultural Club. He scored 22 goals in 50 appearances for the club before opting for Al-Nasr SC. Mendes has scored eight goals in 29 appearances for the club so far. He is a very important player for Cape Verde.

Nigeria projected starting lineup:

  • Maduka Okoye
  • Jamilu Collins
  • Chidozie Awzaiem
  • Kenneth Omeruo
  • Zaidu Sanusi
  • Innocent Bonke
  • Shehu Abdullahi
  • Ahmed Musa
  • Moses Simon
  • Paul Onuachu
  • Victor Osimhen

Notable subs: Henry Onyekuru, Ahmed Musa and Samuel Kalu.

Victor Osimhen is the most expensive player of all time after he sealed a record move to Napoli. The Nigerian striker was signed for about €81.3m including adds on from French side,Lille. Oshimen scored 18 goals in 38 games for Lille before joining Napoli in 2020. The striker scored 10 goals from 10.64 xG for Napoli during last season's Serie A campaign.

Paul Onuachu finished 2020-21 as one of the most prolific strikers in the world as he scored 37 goals in all competitions. The Nigerian striker scored 33 goals in 38 league games for Belgian side, Genk. Paul scored an average of a goal every 92 minutes. He won the Belgian pro league player of the year after his extraordinary season as he set a record for the most goals in Belgian football since the 2001-2002 season.

Betting tips and prediction

Cape Verde is yet to win a game in the group as they drew their last match against Central African Republic, which was the first game of their first game of the qualifiers. The Blue Sharks finished second in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers table . Cape Verde has never qualified for the World Cup as they will be looking to make their first appearance.

Nigeria won their first game of the qualifiers against Liberia as they will be looking to make their 7th appearance in the World Cup. The Super Eagles will be without key players due to Cape Verde being on the red list of the United Kingdom. Kelechi Ihenacho, who scored both goals against Liberia will be unavailable as other players such as Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi will miss out. Nigeria still have good players with Ahmed Musa, Paul Onuachu and Victor Osimhen will be looking to extend the Super Eagles lead on the table.

Betting prediction: Nigeria to win

Odds: 2.40 (+220 American; 11/5 Fractional)

FootballFIFA World Cup 2022. African qualifiers. Round 2. Matchday 6
Nigeria — Cape Verde
Nigeria to win
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