Nigeria national team host Egypt in qualifying match for Africa Cup of Nations. The match will be played on Friday, March 25.
The hosts are one of the strongest teams in Africa and their squad is far better than many other national teams have. However, Nigeria suffers from the same problem as majority of African teams do, which is inconsistency. The hosts of the match are second in their group after 2 matches with 4 points gained. They took 2-0 home victory over Chad and drew away match against Tanzania (0-0). Nigeria played 4 matches in 2016, winning 2 and recoding a loss and a draw, one of each. As to results at own turf, Nigeria won their last five home matches with 12-1 goal difference.
Egypt are also one of the leading teams of the continent. Egyptians are leaders of their group with 6 points after 2 matches (victories over Tanzania and Chad 3-0 and 5-1 respectfully). The team have played 3 matches this year, winning 2 and losing one. They aren’t that successful one the road, suffering 5 defeats in last 8 away matches and recording only three defeats with 12-15 goal difference.
The head-to-head record of these two teams consist of 8 meetings. Egypt have slight advantage as they won three of these games, drew three and other two game were won by Nigeria. Interestingly, none of the teams can take victory on the opponent’s pitch. Egypt show mediocre results on the road recently and the hosts shouldn’t have problems of taking home victory this time.
Prediction for the match: Nigeria to win.