Nigeria vs Libya - The Super Eagles set for slim home win

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Nigeria's fans will expect nothing but victory against Libya (Getty Images)
Nigeria's fans will expect nothing but victory against Libya (Getty Images)

Nigeria vs Libya Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Nigeria will look to build on their victory over Seychelles when they host Libya in their third Group E fixture of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The hosts have a great record at home and should secure the win on Saturday.

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Nigeria


The Super Eagles finally got their qualifying campaign back on track after defeating Seychelles in their last fixture. The West Africans were comfortable as goals from Ahmed Musa, Chidozie Awaziem and Odion Ighalo ensured they claimed a 3-0 victory.

The win was the first for Gernot Rohr’s men in the qualifiers having opened their campaign with a 2-0 defeat at home to South Africa. They are third on the table with three points, one behind the Libyans who are unbeaten so far.

Captain John Mikel Obi has once again been left out of the squad as the midfielder attempts to regain his fitness after being sidelined with injury. Musa is included and should start alongside Alex Iwobi who is making a return after missing the match in Seychelles.

Nigeria looked good in their recent 3-0 win at Seychelles (Getty Images)

Libya


The Mediterranean Knights played out a goalless draw away at South Africa in their previous outing in the AFCON qualifiers. They created several goal scoring chances in a closely fought battle but were unable to find the breakthrough.

Adel Amrouche's team are currently top of the standings with four points having secured a 5-1 victory over Seychelles in their opening match. Their form in recent matches has however been poor as they are currently winless in their last three fixtures.

Amrouche has named a 22-man squad of mostly players based in Africa for the double header against Nigeria. Crotone midfielder Ahmad Benali is one of the few Europe based professionals in the squad and is expected to start on Saturday.

Head-to-Head 


There have been only two previous matches involving Nigeria and Libya with the West Africans emerging victorious in both fixtures. The most recent meeting was a clash at last year's African Nations Championship which the Super Eagles won 1-0.

Match-Up


The hosts have a good balance in their squad that makes it difficult for opponents to get the better of them. The front three of Ighalo, Musa and Samuel Kalu often combine well in attack and should have too much for Ahmed El Trbi and Sanad Al Warfali in the Libyan defence.

At the other end of the pitch, William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun have a great partnership but could struggle to cope with the movement of Anis Mohamed Saltou in attack for Libya.

Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa has been in good form for the hosts and will be the man to watch (Getty Images)

Key Statistics 


  • Nigeria have won their 2 previous matches against Libya (All Competitions).
  • Nigeria have won 9 of their last 14 home matches (AFCON Qualifiers) 
  • Nigeria have conceded at least 1 goal in 5 of their last 7 matches (All Competitions).
  • Libya have lost 4 of their last 6 away matches (AFCON Qualifiers).
  • Libya have scored at least 1 goal in 5 of their last 6 matches (AFCON Qualifiers).

Verdict


Nigeria usually do their best work at home and should claim the win on Saturday. However, both teams are known for being slightly poor at the back which could play into the hands of the forward players.

Best Bet: Nigeria Win @ 1.65 - 4 Units
Value Bet: Both Teams to Score Yes @ 2.62 - 2 Units
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Eric Smith 13 October 2018

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