England vs Nigeria: Three Lions too strong for Super Eagles

England vs Nigeria: Three Lions too strong for Super Eagles

Kick Off: 1715, 02/06/2018

Stadium: Wembley

TV: ITV

England will be hoping to further enhance an impressive defensive record under Gareth Southgate when entertaining Nigeria in Saturday’s international friendly at Wembley.

The Three Lions have only conceded one goal in their last six matches and go into this World Cup warm-up game as hot favourites to prevail.

Punters can get 91/100 for a win to nil and that kicks off our England vs Nigeria betting tips.

A Look At England’s Betting Odds

No team conceded fewer goals in European qualifying than the three let in by England on the road to Russia 2018, with eight wins secured in a 10-match unbeaten campaign.

Once booking a trip to this summer’s spectacular, the Three Lions drew 0-0 with Germany and Brazil at this venue in November, before a 1-0 March victory over Holland in Amsterdam.

Southgate’s side looked all set to repeat that scoreline when hosting Italy four days later, only to concede a late penalty in that 1-1 stalemate.

With Joe Hart left out of the World Cup squad, England’s goalkeepers will be keen to impress in warm-up fixtures, while an experienced defence looks in good shape.

There is a question mark over whether the Three Lions can score enough goals to go all the way at Russia 2018, especially with Harry Kane lacking sharpness towards the end of the Premier League season.

However, we reckon this weekend’s opponents are a touch weak at the back, so 5/1 for a 2-0 home win stands out from the England vs Nigeria odds.

Manchester United defender Phil Jones will miss out to attend the birth of his child, while Liverpool colleagues Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are late arrivals due to their Champions League final appearances.

A Look At Nigeria’s Betting Odds

Nigeria performed better than England at the last World Cup, taking four points off Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran to reach the knockout rounds, despite losing 3-2 to Argentina.

France then sent them packing, but the Super Eagles again performed with credit when reaching this year’s African Nations Cup final.

Going down 4-0 to hosts Morocco in that decider was a big blow, though, and there have been mixed results in friendlies.

November’s 4-2 win over Argentina in Russia was a definite highlight, but Serbia did beat the African outfit 2-0 in London towards the end of March.

There are plenty of familiar faces in Gernot Rohr’s squad, including Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses, Arsenal front man Alex Iwobi and Leicester duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi.

Former Watford striker Odion Ighalo and ex-Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel are other useful players, but we still feel the rearguard lacks quality.

Let’s finish off our England vs Nigeria betting predictions by taking 23/20 for a home win by more than one goal.

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Last result:

ENGLAND 1-1 Italy – Jamie Vardy

NIGERIA 1-1 DR Congo – William Troost-Ekong

Head-to-head: Nigeria 0-0 England, England 1-0 Nigeria

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