Nigeria-Uruguay Preview: Super Eagles look to land knockout blow
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
By Alec Fenn
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.
Top 3 Predictions
Nigeria 2-1 Uruguay
- 25.18 %
Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay
- 9.01 %
Nigeria 3-1 Uruguay
- 8.63 %
|FIFA Confederations Cup (FCC)||Jun 20, 2013||Nigeria 1 - Uruguay 2|
|Mar 5, 2014||Mexico 0 - Nigeria 0||FR|
|Feb 1, 2014||Zimbabwe 0 - Nigeria 1||CHAN|
|Jan 29, 2014||Nigeria 0 - Ghana 0||CHAN|
|Jan 25, 2014||Nigeria 4 - Morocco 3||CHAN|
|Jan 19, 2014||Nigeria 3 - South Africa 1||CHAN|
|3||Uwa Elderson Echiejile||Defender|
|-||John Ogochukwu Ogu|
|10||John Obi Mikel||Midfielder|
|7||Ahmed Firaz Moosa||Striker|
|1||Néstor Muslera Micol||Goalkeeper|
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