Sierra Leone vs Nigeria tips: predictions and odds for AFCON qualifiers match
Our football betting expert offers up his three best Sierra Leone vs Nigeria betting tips and predictions ahead of the penultimate AFCON qualifying match. Nigeria have the quality to lock in qualification to the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, equipped with a star-studded selection at the top end of the pitch.
Nigeria find themselves in pole position in the qualifying standings and needing to avoid defeat to guarantee a top-two finish. For this match predictions, it’s difficult to foresee anything but Nigeria dominating the share of high-quality chances in the game.
Just look at their recent line-up versus Guinea-Bissau in March. This is a squad stacked with superior quality in every position.
From Victor Osimhen and Terem Moffi in forward areas, to Premier League talent in Alex Iwobi, Wilfried Ndidi, Joe Aribo, and Kelechi Iheanaho on the bench. Not to mention Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze out wide.
The individual components are impressive. It’s no surprise they’re the favourites in the latest Sierra Leone vs Nigeria odds.
If head coach Jose Peseiro can unlock their full potential, there’s no doubt that Nigeria will be amongst the favourites for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.
Sierra Leone vs Nigeria Bet 1: Nigeria to win @ 2/5
Unwise To Overlook Victor Osimhen?
The Napoli goal-getter stands level with Sadio Mane on AFCON qualifying goals (5) this campaign. And it’s no surprise. Victor Osimhen has been in red hot form all season long.
With Napoli able to approach Serie A games in a less competitive manner than usual given they won Serie A with games to spare, Nigeria will be receiving an Osimhen with an additional spring in his step for the June internationals.
That will give the Nigeria squad a boost as they ready themselves to face Sierra Leone.
Alongside his five strikes in qualifying, Osimhen scored 26 goals in Serie A, and five in six Champions League outings. In terms of AFCON qualifiers tips, he’s certainly someone to consider finding the net on Friday.
Sierra Leone vs Nigeria Bet 2: Victor Osimhen to Score Anytime
Back Goals in Nigerian Green
We’ve touched on it previously in our Sierra Leone vs Nigeria tips, but Nigeria’s squad, if they turn up how we know they can, should make light work of Sierra Leone. However, this is a Sierra Leone outfit that needs a points return to give their hopes of qualification a boost.
If Nigeria can find the first goal, which is likely, the dynamic of the game will shift. Sierra Leone will need to get bodies forward and take risks in midfield and at the back.
There will be counter-attacking opportunities to exploit for Nigeria, as well as avenues to overcome their opponents in transition.
With the quality at Nigeria’s disposal, including Victor Osimhen upfront, don’t be too surprised if Nigeria work a hatful of goalscoring opportunities on Friday.
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