The current champions of Africa to start their Confederations Cup campaign against Eddy Etaeta’s men on Monday evening
Though, with less experience on the international scene, they will be hoping to make a lasting impression in Brazil, by at least causing an upset in this tie.
Stephen Keshi’s men are yet to lose a game in their last 17 matches with their last outing four days ago against Nambia in a World Cup Qualifier. Banking on this impressive form, the Super Eagles will be hoping to put their opponents to the sword. Nigeria are overwhelming favorites to win the match at 1/12 (1.08) against the team ranked 138th in the world.
Tahiti are 22/1 (23.00) underdogs to get their first outing against the West Africans on a winning note, a result that will be regarded as one of the greatest upsets in football history. A draw is priced at 9/1 (10.00).
With Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses out of this competition, goal responsibility primarily falls on Ahmed Musa and Brown Ideye who hit the back of the net 21 goals in the just European league season.
Having it at the back of the mind that Nigeria has not failed to find the back of the net in their last 11 outings, it is worth backing them at 2/5 (1.5) to score over 2.5 goals against Etaeta’s side.
Brown Ideye is a 5/2 (3.5) play to score first and 5/1 (6.00) to bang in a hattrick, while compatriot Ahmed Musa who has been impressive in Super Eagles recent matches is available 3/1 (4.00) to get the curtain raiser in the goal market dominated by Nigeria. Should the Tahitians get on the scorers sheet, it will certainly be from former OFC Player of the Year Marama Vahirua who is a 18/1 (19.00) with the online bookie.
For a value bet back the Nigerians rated as the 31st best team in the world to go goal crazy between 2-3 goals priced at 13/10 (2.3) with Ladbrokes.
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