The downside to backing Nigeria in any finals series, be it the World Cup or the African Cup of Nations, is that you are never quite sure if they are going to perform at anything like the level which they showed in qualifying.
This time around, the Nigerians were very impressive in qualifying, going undefeated throughout the African tournament and only once coming close to defeat, when an injury time goal salvaged a home draw against Kenya. They will need to take that form into Group F, though, as Argentina and Bosnia-Hertzgovina pose considerable threats to them.
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This is particularly so when you consider that Nigeria haven’t gone past the group stage in any of the last three World Cup Finals and have picked up only two points along the way. The best price you will get on them being eliminated at that stage this time around is 1.75 with 888.com and, frankly, it is hard to see them beating either of the above teams, which they will surely need to do to at least one of them in order to progress. If they do, though, then it is hard to see a side coming out of Group E to trouble them in the second round, so if you think they can make it through your bet should then be on a quarter final exit, at 13.0 with BetVictor.
Iran, the fourth side in the group, should provide an opportunity for them to improve upon that parlous points-gathering record, so back them to pick up three points in total, at a price of 4.5 with BetVictor.
The Nigerians are a talented side, built around familiar names such as Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel. Whilst Emmanuel Emanike is the favourite to be their top goalscorer at around 4.5, a better bet looks to be Victor Moses at 11.0, both prices from BetVictor.