Soccer Picks: USA vs. Nigeria Intl. Friendly

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 6:41 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2014 6:41 PM UTC

USA are gearing up for their final pre-World Cup friendly, a much-anticipated Brazil send-off against Nigeria, scheduled for the weekend at Jacksonville. Find out what odds are currently available and where the value soccer picks are to be had.
<p style="text-align:center"><span><iframe frameborder="0" src="/video/embed/?videoId=20460" height="330" width="560"></iframe></span></p> <p><br /><b>High Hopes for USA’s Brazil Send-Off<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">USA descend on Nigeria as the favourites, smack on even money at +100 (or thereabouts) to win outright across all sportsbook platforms. The clash represents Coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s last chance to prepare the Red, White and Blue for Brazil.</span></p> <p>As it were, USA scheduled three friendly matches in the lead up to the finals – Azerbaijan, Turkey and Nigeria. It would be a gross overstatement to suggest that either nation represents an exceedingly arduous challenge, fitting enough to prepare USA for <a href="/picks/more-sports/world-cup-picks-best-value-bets-group-g/39979/" title="Check Out the Best Value Bets Group G" target="_blank">a tough Group G</a>. Nonetheless, USA have come away with victories in their first two friendly matches. They beat Azerbaijan 2-0 and <a target="_blank" title="What did we learn from the USA Turkey matchup?" href="/picks/more-sports/what-we-ve-learned-the-usa-vs-turkey-matchup/39945/">Turkey 2-1</a>. Now, they’ll look to sweep the triplet on winning form, and ride that momentum into Brazil.</p> <p> </p> <p><b>World Cup Long Shots, Nigeria<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Nigeria have already played two friendly matches with Scotland and Greece, both of which settled on draws – 2-2 to Scotland and 0-0 to Greece. Their clash with USA represents their final Brazil send-off as well.</span></p> <p>The uninspiring draws in both previous friendly matches perhaps can be explained by a rather fortuitous Group F that includes Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran, and from which many believe the Super Eagles are quite capable of advancing. Perhaps, that thinking (amongst several other things) has encouraged this lack of impetus, a notion they can afford to take it easy on preparations. </p> <p>Argentina are the favourites to win Group F at -450. Bosnia-Herzegovina are deemed second favourites to win at +600 while Nigeria are the third favourites at +900. Iran are the long shots of the group at +3300; arguably, their World Cup case is best served in contrary markets, such as finishing bottom. In fact, they are <a href="/picks/more-sports/" title="The World Cup Kicks Off Soon and We Offer You Free Soccer Picks!" target="_blank">a tempting World Cup pick</a> at -175 to finish bottom of Group F.</p> <p> </p> <p><b>USA vs. Nigeria Betting Tips and Picks<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Nigeria, <a href="/picks/more-sports/world-cup-picks-odds-win-group-stages/39445/" title="Check Out the Odds to Win Group Stages in the World Cup!" target="_blank">tipped at +280 to win outright</a>, will have all to do against the USA on home soil. Playing against a hostile house, filled to the brim with thousands of fans, is a tough ask. Still, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations champions are a capable side with several standout players. They qualified for Brazil convincingly and, recently, finished third in the African Nations Championships with a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe.</span></p> <p>Although USA won the first two fixtures of their send-off series, Jurgen Klinsmann isn’t quite satisfied with the performance his lads deposited in either match. Much was to be desired in the clash against lightweights Azerbaijan, with attacking initiative coming rather late –goals by Diskerud (75<sup>th</sup> minute) and Johannsson (81<sup>st</sup> minute). And against Turkey, USA weren’t much better, but at least they went on the attacking initiative early and successfully. </p> <p>Nigeria present USA’s toughest test of the send-off series, making it a must-win clash. The premium on the win could pay dividends towards their campaign. A defeat to Nigeria, on the other hand, could be detrimental to their <a href="" title="Live Soccer Picks Leading Up to the World Cup!" target="_blank">World Cup odds</a>, not least their confidence as well. </p> <p><b>Soccer Free Picks: </b>USA to win outright at +100</p>
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