Soccer: Nigeria Vs Scotland

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Nigeria begin their final
preparations for this
summer’s World Cup with a
friendly against Scotland at
their adopted London home
of Craven Cottage on
Wednesday.
The Super Eagles ran out 2-1 winners when the
sides last met in a friendly back in 2002 and are 5/4
(2.20) favourites with Paddy Power to come out on
top once again this time out.
However, Gordon Strachan’s men have won four and
drawn one of their last five fixtures and are available
at 21/10 (3.10) at to spoil the hosts’ party with
another victory tonight.
Stephen Keshi’s side have recorded draws against
Italy and Mexico in their past two exhibition
matches, and you can get odds of 11/5 (2.20) on
them settling for another stalemate here.
After a slow start to life in charge of the national
team, Strachan has really made his mark on the job
with a string of impressive recent results, including
two victories over Croatia and away wins from tough
trips to Macedonia and Poland.
This
turnaround has been brought about by instilling the
side with a defensive resilience that had been sorely
lacking ever since Alex McLeish’s departure seven
years ago, the last time they came within touching
distance of a major tournament.
Having kept clean sheets in each of the last four
games, Strachan’s side should be confident of
frustrating an attack that has hit the back of the net
just once in their previous three, while their own
record of four goals in four suggests a high-scoring
game is unlikely.
With this in mind, odds of 8/11 (1.73) seem very
reasonable on no more than one team finding the
net, in a bet that would have paid out in each of
Scotland’s last four and all of their opponents’
previous three games.
In fact, with a tight match seemingly inevitable, it is
also well worth backing the 7/4 (2.75) odds on
under 1.5 goals going in for the fourth game in a row
for each side respectively.

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One Response

  1. Goodluck to them.

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