Perhaps the best dressed side at the World Cup, Nigeria will hope that their play matches the quality of their kits when they take to the field against Croatia.
Nigeria World Cup Betting Markets
Stage of Elimination
- Group Stage @ $1.29
- Round of 16 @ $4.33
- Quarter Final @ $13.00
- Semi Final @ $26.00
- Runners Up @ $81.00
- Winners @ $151.00
Nigeria have been drawn in Group D alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia
Record vs Croatia – Never Played
Record vs Iceland – W: 0, D: 0, L: 1
Last Meeting – 22 August 1981: Nigeria lost to Iceland 0-3
Record vs Argentina – W:2, D: 1, L: 5
Last Meeting – 14 November 2017: Nigeria def Argentina 4-2
Sunday 17th June – 5:00am – Nigeria vs Croatia
Saturday 23rd June – 1:00am – Nigeria vs Iceland
Wednesday 27th June – 4:00am – Nigeria vs Argentina
For the third World Cup in a row and fourth in the last five, Nigeria have been drawn in the same group as Argentina, a stat which will make them very happy.
Of the four times they have met Argentina at the World Cup they have lost by one goal every time which does not bode well if they need a point or more from their last group game.
They also face two resolute defences in Croatia and Iceland and will be in for a real test if they are to come through this group.
Back Nigeria to Win Group G @ $11.00
World Cup History
Number of Appearances
5 – 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014
Round of 16 – 1994, 1998 & 2014
Match Record & Goals Tally
Played: 18, Won: 5, Drawn: 3, Lost: 10
Scored: 20, Conceded: 26
2018 Qualifying Campaign
Made the World Cup by…
Nigeria finished on top of CAF Qualification Group B giving them direct passage to Russia
Qualifying Record & Goals Tally
Played: 8, Won: 5, Drawn: 2, Lost: 1
Scored: 13, Conceded: 6
Story to Watch
One of Africa’s stronger entrants with plenty of players playing at the top level, they were almost unstoppable in qualifying.
Their only loss came after the fact when they were retrospectively awarded a 3-0 loss due to fielding a player that was suspended.
While this side might not evoke memories of teams of the past, they are more than capable of handling themselves on this occasion and the only question is whether their play will live up to the absolute gems Nike has served up for their uniform.
Nigeria 2018 World Cup Squad
Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi
William Troost-Ekong, Abdullahi Shehu, Tyronne Ebuehi, Elderson Echiejile, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo
Mikel John Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, Joel Obi
Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi, Simeon Nwankwo
Nigeria comes into this tournament with one of the best attacking groups on offer with the likes of Odion Ighalo, Kelechi Ihenacho and Alex Iwobi all ready to break out on the national stage.
They have the players and the drive to put teams under pressure for sure and may find themselves in a couple of shootouts if they get going.
If you find yourself searching for information on the Nigerian goalkeeper you are not alone with Ikechukwu Ezenwa plucked from the local leagues as the first choice almost by default.
That will place plenty of pressure on an untested defensive group that could slip up at the wrong time.
Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme had his playing career cut short after being diagnosed with leukemia however he has been named as an honorary member of the Nigerian team.
John Obi Mikel
His move to China notwithstanding, the former Chelsea midfielder’s leadership will be critical to Nigeria.
Nigeria will be one of the more entertaining sides to watch in the Group Stage and are a chance to steal a win against Croatia or Iceland early on.
PREDICTION: GROUP STAGE
Best Bet: Alex Iwobi as Nigeria’s Top Goalscorer @ $5.50