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Nigeria vs Guinea-Bissau Predictions & Tips - Super Eagles to soar at home

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Last updated: 23 Mar 2023
James O'Connor 23 Mar 2023
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Nigeria vs Guinea-Bissau Predictions for Friday’s AFCON 2023 Qualifier (16:00 GMT)
Nigeria have won 5 of their last 6 home qualifiers, scoring 2+ goals in each match
Can Guinea-Bissau’s leaky defence avoid conceding a hatful of goals to in-form Osimhen?
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Osimhen to destroy leaky visitors' defence? (Getty Images)

Nigeria vs Guinea-Bissau Predictions


Nigeria may have had some poor friendly results of late but they have a top strike force in Victor Osimhen and Teremas Moffi. Guinea-Bissau are leaky on their travels and I am tipping The Super Eagles to win by two or more goals.

  • Nigeria have won 5 of their last 6 home matches (AFCON Qualifiers).
  • Nigeria have scored 2+ goals in their last 6 home matches (AFCON Qualifiers).
  • Guinea-Bissau have lost 3 of their last 6 away matches (AFCON Qualifiers).
  • Guinea-Bissau have conceded 2+ goals in 5 of their last 7 away matches (AFCON Qualifiers).

Head to Head


These sides have met on just one previous occasions. 

Nigeria beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in 2022 in the CAF African Cup of Nations 

Nigeria Form


The Super Eagles have won both AFCON qualifiers so far and will reach the tournament if they win their double header vs Guinea Bissau. They beat Sierra Leone 2-1 and then won 10-0 vs Sao Tome in a match played in Morocco.

Since then, they lost a CHAN playoff vs Ghana on penalties (2-2 on aggregate). They’ve played three friendlies in the last six months, losing all of them.

A 2-1 loss in Algeria preceded a 2-0 defeat in Costa Rica. Their last match saw a 4-0 loss in Portugal in a pre-World Cup friendly.

Nigeria Squad & Team News


Coach Jose Peseiro has left out centre backs William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun.

Amiens forward Folarin Balogun has not been called up. Gent striker Gift Orban has 12 goals in 10 matches this season but has missed the cut.

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho, Victor Sochima, Kingsley Aniagboso 
Defenders: Oluwasemilogo Ajayi, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Kevin Akpoguma, Kenneth Omeruo, Calvin Bassey, Daniel Bameyi, Zaidu Sanusi, Bruno Onyemaechi 
Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi, Joe Aribo 
Forwards: Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa, Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon, Ademola Lookman, Terem Moffi, Victor Osimhen, Paul Onuachu 

Guinea-Bissau Form


The African wild dogs beat Sao Tome 5-1 in their first qualifier before drawing 2-2 at Sierra Leone. They led 2-0 in that match but couldn’t hold on with ten men.

Guinea-Bissau then lost three of their four matches in the CHAN tournament for domestically-based players. In November, they lost 3-1 to Gabon.

Their last match saw a 0-0 draw with Gambia. Both friendlies were played in Turkey. 

Guinea-Bissau Squad & Team News


Forwards Jorginho (three goals) and Zinho Gano (two goals) have been on fire in qualifying. Left back Sana Gomes is suspended after a red card. 

Coach Baciro Candé could hand minutes to Reading FC teenager Mamadi Camará.

Goalkeepers: Jonas Mendes, Manual Balde, Fernando Embadje 
Defenders: Fali Candé, Nanu, Sori Mane, Opa Sanganté, Jefferson Encada, Prosper Mendy, Tito Júnior, Pedro Justiniano
Midfielders: Bura Nogueira, Alfredo Pele, Moreto Cassamá, Alfa Semedo, Mauro Rodrigues, Dalcio, Mamadi Camará
Forwards: Piqueti, Jorginho, Mama Balde, Joao Mario, Zinho Gano, Jardel, Toni Gomes

Verdict

I am backing Nigeria to score 2+ goals and to win at home in this one.

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