The meeting between the Super Eagles and la Celeste will probably decide who claims second spot and a place in the semi-finals, and Al Hain-Cole expects both sides to attackAfter a predictably one-sided opening game against Spain ended in defeat, Uruguay will be desperate to get their Confederations Cup campaign up and running when they face Nigeria on Thursday.
With both sides expected to garner three points from games against Tahiti, Oscar Tabarez has highlighted this fixture as his side's ‘key match’, and his side are favourites at 4/5 (1.80) with Bet365 to put one foot in the semi-finals with a win.
The Super Eagles have gone 19 games without tasting defeat, and are available at 7/2 (4.50) to reach the 20 mark with all three points in Salvador.
Nine of those 19 unbeaten fixtures have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on the two sides keeping their qualification hopes hanging in the balance by sharing the spoils in this one.
Despite their 6-1 win, Stephen Keshi was disappointed with his side’s finishing in the game against Tahiti, suggesting that they need to be more clinical in future.
The champions of Africa obviously set themselves high standards in front of goal, and have now gone 11 games since they last failed to score.
They should be confident of finding the net against a team with just three clean sheets in their last 16 fixtures, and will certainly have to if they are to secure a positive result considering the threat posed by Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan.
A bet on both teams to score would have paid out in 11 of Nigeria’s last 15 games, and offers tempting value at 5/6 (1.83) odds with both sides going for the win in this encounter.
Suarez did his chances of attracting Real Madrid’s attention no harm with an exquisite free kick in the defeat against Spain, his fifth goal in seven games for the national side.
Considering four of those five have been the game’s final goal, it is worth backing the Liverpool striker to have the final say once again, at odds of 9/2 (5.50).
|Both teams to score at 5/6 (1.83) with bet365
||Luis Suarez to score last at 9/2 (5.50) with bet365
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