Cape Verde go into the game second in the standings on 10 points and facing the only team they have suffered a defeat to as they attempt to advance.
A win for either side would see them advance to the Third Round. A draw would be enough for Nigeria but not for Cape Verde so there will be a lot at stake in Lagos in what promises to be a tense match. It will also be a significant milestone for Gernot Rohr who will oversee his 54th match in charge, surpassing the record which he shares with former Nigeria coach, Shaibu Amodu.
Apart from the September meeting in Mindelo, Nigeria and Cape Verde have crossed paths just once before – in a friendly in January 2013 which failed to produce goals.
What time does Nigeria vs Cape Verde kick off?
The World Cup 2022 Second Round qualifying match between Nigeria and Cape Verde will kick off at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday 16 November, 2021, at 3:45 pm US (ET) and 12:45 pm US (PT).
That’s 17:00 hours local time in West Africa, 17:00 hours CET in Spain and 16:00 pm UK time.
Where can I watch Nigeria vs Cape Verde in the US and UK?
In the US and UK, the following television channels and online services will be broadcasting Nigeria vs Cape Verde:
UK: Mola TV
Nigeria vs Cape Verde: live AS USA coverage
You’ll also be able to follow live-text coverage from Lagos right here at AS USA. We’ll be building up to the game from about an hour ahead of kick-off, before taking you through the action as it unfolds.
Life or death match
Nigeria, which is in the first place of group C with 12 points and Cape Verde, is in the second position of the same group with 10 points.Nigeria will host Cape Verde knowing that a draw will be enough to secure their advancement to the next qualifying round for the World Cup.
Nigeria plays against Cape Verde in the last fixture of CAF Group C World Cup Qualifiers. Both teams look to secure the top spot and consequently a place in the next FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar next year. Read on to find out how we are tipping these teams to perform in this fixture.
Free Predictions with the Best Odds for Nigeria vs Cape Verde
Our CAF World Cup qualifier predictions are premised on extensive data research and analysis. Based on recent stats, H2H and in-depth preview of this fixture, the following are our best free picks for the big game:
A tough duel is expected when Nigeria hosts Cape Verde for an an-all-decider match. The winner in this game will secure a place in the World Cup playoffs. However, we don’t expect both sides to yield early in the game. Both teams boast a strong defence, which is why we are backing a draw in the first forty-five minutes.
Nigeria to edge out Cape Verde
This fixture will be a tough one for both sides given how they have performed recently. However, playing at home means Nigeria will have massive support in this game in its quest for a place in the Next World Cup. The hosts defeated Cape Verde 2-1 in the reverse fixture away from home. Ranked at position 36 by FIFA, Nigeria is among the best teams in Africa. Cape Verde is ranked 76th by FIFA.
We think this fixture will have fewer than three goals. Given that it is the last group stage fixture in CAF World Cup qualifiers, managers of these teams will likely take a cautious approach on matchday. Moreover, both teams have strong defence lines hence shouldn’t concede goals easily.
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