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Confederations Cup

  • 20 June 2013
  • • 23:00
  • • Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Bahia
  • Referee: B. Kuipers
  • • Attendance: 26769
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Nigeria - Uruguay Preview: Super Eagles look to land knockout blow

Nigeria - Uruguay Preview: Super Eagles look to land knockout blow

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Stephen Keshi's men were underwhelming in their 6-1 victory over part-time Tahiti and will face a sterner test against the South Americans, who are in desperate need of points


It was a case of mixed fortunes for Nigeria and Uruguay in their opening Confederations Cup fixtures.

The history books will tell of a resounding 6-1 win for the Super Eagles over minnows Tahiti, but the Africa Cup of Nations champions were far from at their best and came in for criticism after the game.

Dynamo Kiev striker Ideye Brown could be named in the starting XI at the expense of Anthony Ujah or Ahmed Musa - both of whom failed to score against the Polynesian island.

Uruguay endured struggles of their own, as they went down 2-1 to Spain, in what was very much a one-sided affair against the world and European champions, though Oscar Tabarez may give the same XI a second chance to impress on Thursday.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Victory for Nigeria will see them qualify for the Confederations Cup semi-finals.
  • AC Milan forward Nnamdi Oduamadi scored a hat-trick in the 6-1 win over Tahiti, prompting Rossoneri chief Adriano Galliani to call for him to be promoted to the first team next season.
  • The Super Eagles have kept just one clean sheet in their last five games but are unbeaten since defeat to Peru in May last year.
  • Uruguay had just six shots to Spain's 16 in their 2-1 defeat on Sunday.
  • The Copa America winners also enjoyed just 29% of possession, with la Roja dominating from start to finish.
  • Luis Suarez (pictured, right) is Uruguay's top scorer in their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with eight goals.

Players to watch

N. Oduamadi

Position: Attacker

Games: 2

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The 22-year-old grabbed his chance to impress with both hands with a well taken hat-trick against Tahiti and will go into Thursday's game full of confidence. He will be keen to add to his tally and secure the victory that will send the Super Eagles into the semi-finals.

L. Suárez

Position: Attacker

Games: 5

  • 3
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  • 0
While strike partner Edinson Cavani was anonymous throughout, the Liverpool striker was at the heart of Uruguay's best moments - as fleeting as they were. He also saved his best until last with a stunning free kick and though that goal was nothing more than a consolation, he could be the match-winner against Nigeria.

Editor's Prediction

Despite being firmly second best against Spain, Uruguay will fancy their chances of throwing themselves a Confederations Cup lifeline against a Nigeria side badly missing the attacking presence of Victor Moses and Ikechukwu Uche.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Nigeria

Uruguay

Wins
0
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Nigeria NGA
Nigeria Nigeria
Draw
Uruguay URY
Uruguay Uruguay
55%
33%

Top 3 Predictions

Nigeria NGA
2 - 1
Uruguay URY
Nigeria NGA
1 - 2
Uruguay URY
Nigeria NGA
3 - 1
Uruguay URY

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