Group F in Africa's World Cup Qualifiers closes out the international calender this week with Nigeria traveling south to Nambia. A win for the Eagles looks good.
This is the fifth of a six-game qualifying round for Africa's Group F, and a win for Nigeria could see it advance to the next and final phase of World Cup qualifiers. I see the reigning African Cup Champion taking a win here in Namibia, but not by much.
This group is currently the lowest scoring one in all of World Cup Qualifying, with only eight goals coming from all eight matches. Nigeria has scored half of those, averaging one per match, which included a 1-0 win over today's opponent one year ago.
Nigeria is issued at 1.57 over at William Hill to win outright, while the away/away result in the halftime/fulltime sector brings that up to 2.40.
A draw result is currently slated at 3.60, which is tempting if only for the fact that half the games in this group have resulted in ties and not a single one of the eight games from all teams have been decided by more than a goal.
Though at home for this match, Namibia sports a record of 1-2-1 (W-L-T) and must win or be eliminated from the competiton. If it has any ambitions of moving forward, it will need to figure out a way to score as it's only generated one goal so far. A win for the host is at 6.50, and if it cracks it would be considered the biggest upset to date in African qualification.
The numbers don't lie and the low-scoring in this group has made the odds for any over total goal picks very high. The over 2.5 is listed at 3.00, but the under 1.5 is listed at 2.37.
Every win in his group has been a 1-0 score, which for Nigeria could payout 4.33. That is a bet worth selecting outright. Hedging it with the 1-1 could prove of worth given the 8.50 payout.