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Benin vs Nigeria Predictions & Tips - Tight match expected with both sides happy with a point
- Benin vs Nigeria Predictions for Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
- Match is being played at 16:00 GMT at Stade Charles de Gaulle
- A draw is tipped in Porto Novo
- Benin are unbeaten in 11 home AFCON qualifiers
- Nigeria have drawn their last 3 matches
- Betting tips, predictions and team news for Benin vs Nigeria
Nigeria will settle for a point in Benin (Getty Images)
Benin vs Nigeria Predictions
This will be a tight match. Both sides look likely to qualify and Nigeria would be happy with a point knowing that they host Lesotho in their final match. Two draws from their final two matches would be enough for Benin and they are very hard to beat at home. I am tipping a low scoring draw.
- Benin have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches (Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers).
- Benin are unbeaten in their last 11 home matches (9 wins, 2 draws) (Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers).
- Nigeria have drawn their last 3 matches (all competitions).
- Nigeria have seen under 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches (Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers).
Head to Head
These sides have met on 14 occasions with Nigeria holding a 12-1 lead with one draw.
The two teams last met in November 2019 as Nigeria beat Benin 2-1
Benin started their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with a 2-1 away defeat to Nigeria. A 1-0 home win against Sierra Leone followed. A 2-0 away win at Gabon in a friendly match came next.
Benin resumed their AFCON qualification campaign with a 1-0 home victory over Lesotho. In their last match, they drew 0-0 away at Lesotho.
The Squirrels sit in second place in the group and are four point clear of Sierra Leone with two matches to play.
Benin Squad & Team News
Benin coach Michel Dussuyer has left out defender Olivier Verdon and striker Rudy Gestede for this FIFA break. Captain Stephan Sessegnon is without a club and will not feature but has joined the squad for his leadership.
Top forward Jodel Dossou is available despite being based in France. He scored the winners against both Sierra Leone and Lesotho.
Nigeria sit top of the standings in Group L and sit five points clear of Sierra Leone. Two draws from their two matches would see them qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Super Eagles started with a 2-1 home win against Benin before win 4-2 away in Lesotho. Nigeria then lost 1-0 at home in a friendly to Algeria before a 1-1 home draw with Tunisia, also in a friendly match.
Nigeria then drew 4-4 at home with Sierra Leone in an AFCON qualifier having led 4-0 after 29 minutes. A 0-0 away draw at the same opponents followed in their last match.
Nigeria Squad & Team News
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has to decide whether to start Kelechi Iheanacho up front after nine goals in his last nine matches for Leicester. Striker Paul Onuachu with 26 goals in Belgium at club level this season replaced Moses Simon in the squad as Nantes would not release him.
Kenneth Omeruo is absent in defence due to Leganes not making him available. Henry Onyekuru was given a late callup to replace the injured Samuel Kalu on the wing.
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Both Benin and Nigeria look good to qualify from this group. The match should be a very tight affair with goals at a premium. I am tipping a draw.
Best Bet: Draw Full Time Result @3.50 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @7.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit