Nigeria-Spain Betting Preview: Expect a lack of cutting edge to cost the Super Eagles

Stephen Keshi's men need an unlikely victory to have any hopes of progression but our tipster cannot see where the goals will come from
After suffering a narrow defeat against Uruguay on Thursday evening, Nigeria’s slim chances of progressing to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup now rest on them pulling off a shock victory against world and European champions Spain in their final group game.

The Super Eagles still harbour fond memories of their 3-2 win over this opposition at World Cup '98, but bet365 have them at a lengthy 10/1 (11.00) to pull off what would be an even more impressive victory 15 years on.

After their 10-0 win over Tahiti, Vicente del Bosque’s men have gone over 20 competitive fixtures without suffering defeat and are clear 1/4 (1.25) favourites to extend that run with victory on Sunday.

Stephen Keshi’s side have drawn three of their last six and you can get odds of 19/4 (5.75) on them earning a share of the spoils in this game.

While the 10-0 scoreline against Tahiti may look striking, la Roja’s opening victory over Uruguay was perhaps the more impressive performance, considering the ease with which they completely dominated possession against the South American champions.

In the end, a spectacular free kick from Luis Suarez took some gloss off the result, but the Nigerians will have been looking on in awe at the ease of the Spanish victory, wondering how they will get close to the opposition goal when they come face-to-face.

The African champions have sorely missed absent forwards Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses so far and the lack of cutting edge that was so apparent against Uruguay will surely cost them against the world champions, who barely allow opponents a sniff of goal.

Without the quality of a Suarez up front, Keshi’s side are unlikely to score against their dominant opponents, and odds of 5/6 (1.83) seem rather generous on Spain collecting their third clean sheet in five and winning to nil.

Nigeria may take some heart from the fact that Uruguay, Finland, France and Republic of Ireland have all held Spain to a draw going in at half-time in their last seven fixtures, but with three of those having eventually succumbed to defeat in the second period, it is worth considering odds of 5/2 (3.50) on la Roja collecting all three points after drawing at the break.

Spain to win to nil at 5/6 (1.83) with bet365
Draw/Spain at HT/FT at 5/2 (3.50) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.