The Super Eagles boss is a firm adherent of pragmatic tactics and our tipster expects him to lead his side into the World Cup with another solid performance
Nigeria will be looking to seal their place in next summer’s World Cup when they welcome Ethiopia to the U.J. Esuene Stadium for Saturday’s play-off second leg.
The Super Eagles overturned a 1-0 deficit to run out 2-1 winners in the away leg and are now clear 3/10 (1.30) favourites with Coral to complete the job with victory in front of their own fans.
The visitors have won just two of their last 14 qualifiers on the road and are available at 9/1 (10.00) to reignite their hopes of making a first ever World Cup appearance with a win in Calabar.
Sewnet Bishaw’s men drew two of their four group stage matches on the road, and you can get odds of 4/1 (5.00) on them grinding out a stalemate in this one.
Having been cruelly replaced on the eve of the 2006 World Cup after guiding Togo to their first ever appearance on the global stage, Stephen Keshi is a man on a mission at the reins of his home nation.
Not content with becoming only the second man to win the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and coach last year, the Nigeria boss claims his side are in with a chance of lifting the trophy in Brazil next summer.
This confidence is borne out a fierce work ethic that has seen him ditch a number of his country’s more flamboyant stars in favour of those more willing to sacrifice themselves for the team, including several players from the domestic league.
While these tactics do not always make for the most spectacular football, it has seen his team concede just 12 goals in 17 competitive fixtures on African soil under his leadership, and nobody let in fewer during the group stages.
This does not bode well for Walias, who have only scored three goals in four away fixtures on the road to Brazil, and four in their last seven competitive matches on their travels.
No more than two goals were scored in any of the hosts’ six group stage qualifiers, meaning odds of 10/11 (1.91) offer excellent value on under 2.5 going in against an Ethiopian side who they required two late penalties to overcome 2-0 in last year’s Cup of Nations.
|Under 2.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at 10/11 (1.91) with Coral
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