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England vs Nigeria betting tips: Friendly preview & predicted line-ups

England vs Nigeria – 101 Great Goals prediction: England 2-1 Nigeria

Playing in their penultimate match before jetting off to Russia, England need a confidence-boosting win in front of their home supporters.

Following this clash against Nigeria, England play Costa Rica next Thursday.

Nigeria last lost to England in 1994.

England vs Nigeria: Who will win?

England are overwhelming favourites to win this match with the bookies at 4/9.

Nigeria can be backed at very attractive looking odds of 15/2.

Draw at half-time and England to win is another good potential bet at 13/2.

 

Harry Kane celebrates goal v Slovenia

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 05: Harry Kane of England (L) celebrates as he scores their first goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between England and Slovenia at Wembley Stadium on October 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

England vs Nigeria: World Cup warm-up preview

Gareth Southgate’s England side African giants Nigeria at Wembley on Saturday, as both teams step up their preparations for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The match is England’s first since the domestic club season finished.

England will play Costa Rica on Thursday in their final preparation game. England have been drawn in Group G against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.

Following a friendly defeat to Atletico Madrid with a very inexperienced squad, Nigeria faced DR Congo last week. William Troost-Ekong opened the scoring for the Super Eagles as the match finished 1-1 in Nigeria.

After Saturday’s match, Nigeria face Czech Republic before flying to Russia. Nigeria have been drawn in Group D alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.

England and Nigeria have faced each other twice: the two teams drew 0-0 at the 2002 World Cup, while the Three Lions won a friendly 1-0 back in 1994.

 

Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford of Everton looks dejected during the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary’s Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

England team news vs Nigeria

Gareth Southgate has confirmed that he is yet to pick a number 1 goalkeeper for the summer showpiece, with Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope all in contention to start.

Everton’s Pickford is widely expected to start in goal against the Super Eagles.

Harry Kane, who scored 30 goals in the Premier League last season, will captain the Three Lions.

England are set to field a three-man defence with two wingbacks, with Spurs’ Kyle Walker playing in a right central position.

Having playing in last weekend’s Champions League final, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will be rested.

Nigeria team news vs England

Chelsea’s Victor Moses joined up with the Super Eagles squad on Thursday to complete their 23-man World Cup squad.

As of Thursday, Nigeria still had their provisional squad of 25 players, meaning two further players will need to be dropped before the tournament starts later in June.

Coach Gernot Rohr is sweating on the fitness of Moses Simon, while Tyronne Ebuehi is a doubt after missing out against DR Congo.

The German head coach confirmed that stars such as John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo will all feature against England.

22 of the 25 Nigerian players are based in Europe, with six based in England and two in the World Cup host country of Russia. Only one player, backup goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, plays his club football in Nigeria.

 

England predicted line-up vs Nigeria

England predicted line-up vs Nigeria

England predicted line-up vs Nigeria

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