Ghana vs Nigeria: World Cup Qualifiers Match Preview and Betting Prediction
This week, the two West African giants will clash at Kumasi’s Baba Yara Stadium as they both aim to advance one step closer to this November’s World Cup.
As neighboring countries, there is also a rivalry there. On Friday, both countries will be playing for much more than advancement to the next round of the qualifiers.
To help you make informed betting choices, we have analyzed the H2H record, form guide and team news of both sides.
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Ghana vs Nigeria Head-to-Head
The two sides have faced each other 50 times. Ghana has been dominant in this fixture with 21 wins to Nigeria’s 10 victories. Games between both sides have also ended in a draw 19 times.
Ghana have also dominated their last five meetings. In that period, Ghana won three games, Nigeria won none and both sided drew to games over 90 minutes. In their most recent meeting at the 2014 AFCON, Ghana went on to beat Nigeria 4-1 in the penalty shootout.
Ghana is the 61st-ranked country in World Football according to FIFA while Nigeria are ranked 32nd.
Nigeria’s form over the last five games has been good. In that period, the Super Eagles won 3 games, drew one game ad lost one game.
Ghana have been terrible over that same period. In their last five games, the Black Stars have lost three times, drawn one game and won just once.
Ghana vs Nigeria Team News
Ghana: Ghana head coach, Otto Addo called up a slightly larger squad of 27 players for the Friday game.
Star striker, Jordan Ayew’s participation is in some doubt at the moment. The Crystal Palace forward is waiting on results of a second COVID-19 test to determine if he’ll be joining up with the team or be replaced by another player.
If Ayew misses out, he’ll join other notable players like Andre Ayew, Benjamin Tetteh, Baba Rahman, Boakye Yiadom, and Samuel Owusu who will not play this game due to injuries and suspensions.
Nigeria: Currently, 20 players are already in camp ahead of the Friday showdown with 5 players left to join up with the Super Eagles squad.
Of the players called up, first-choice goalkeeper and defensive midfielder, Maduka Okoye and Wilfred Ndidi have dropped out of the squad through illness and injury and have been replaced by John Noble and Innocent Bonke respectively.
After missing out on the AFCON tournament, star forwards, Emmanuel Dennis and Victor Osimhen are back in the squad and will both be in line for a start on Friday.
Ghana vs Nigeria Prediction
This is a hard one to call. The home side have been abysmal recently and disappointed at the recent AFCON tournament. The Super Eagles were good in the group stages with a perfect record before losing in the first knockout round.
Historically, the Black Stars have dominated the Super Eagles and will be eager to continue that trend but we can’t ignore their recent terrible record and the number of important players missing from their squad.
Our prediction: With Victor Osimhen and Emmanuel Dennis back in the Super Eagles squad, we’re expecting a Nigeria win with a “Nigeria to score” at 1.5.