Nigeria vs Serbia: Lineups, Preview and Prediction

Are you set for Nigeria vs Serbia match? Nigeria and Serbia will be clashing Tuesday night, with Serbia looking to regain some pride after losing to Morocco last week.

The Super Eagles will be instead be looking to build on their victory over Poland.

The Nigeria team were lucky not to go behind in the opening 10 minutes when the Pole’s captain Robert Lewandowski struck the post after the cross from Rafal Kurzawa evaded all defenders.

Nonetheless, in the 60th minute, Victor Moses won a penalty after supposedly being tripped by Marcin Kaminski during a run inside the box.

Replays showed that the Chelsea wing-back seemed to have taken a dive. Moses converted the penalty, rolling the ball coolly into the bottom left corner.

With that victory, Nigeria have now won 5 of their last 6 matches in all competitions.

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Nigeria Lineup

 

Gernot Rohr is going to be playing without full-back Shehu Abdullahi after he limped out with a hamstring injury, but the Super Eagles coach does have his captain John Obi Mikel back after a logistics problem saw him miss the game against Poland.

Serbia Lineup

 

Mladen Krstajic may want to experiment after his side fell to Morocco last week by including Cardiff City midfielder Marko Grujic an opportunity to add more attacking capabilities into the midfield.

Key Battle: John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) Vs. Nemanja Matic (Serbia)

If Nigeria or Serbia hope to break through in this match, it’ll hinder on this midfield battle. The 2 centre midfielders can on any day cut out any attacking threat and if both of them are on form, this tie could end goalless.

Nigeria vs Serbia Talking Points
The Super Eagles confidence

Nigeria will be coming into the game full of confidence after their victory over Poland (sixth in the world according to FIFA ranking) last week and the boost in morale could be the difference.

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Serbian revenge

Serbia, after a disappointing defeat to Morocco last week, will not be happy with themselves and will surely be out for revenge and regrettably, for the Super Eagles, they are in the firing line. The Serbian team has lots of experienced players and bouncing back with a win is very important.

Prediction: Nigeria vs Serbia 2-1

The attacking capability of both teams should ensure that there are goals in this match.

                                                      

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