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NairaBet Preview: England v Nigeria: Expect few goals in London

2:17 AM MYT 02/06/2018
Gareth Southgate Kyle Walker England
Gareth Southgate’s charges have found it difficult to score goals in recent times and this encounter looks set to continue that trend

England will be looking to continue their preparations for 2018 World Cup when they entertain Nigeria at Wembley Stadium in an international friendly on Saturday.

With the quadrennial tournament in Russia underway, the Three Lions will hope to make a statement of intent as they look forward to pass the final test in front of their supporters at their national stadium.

Southgate will repose confidence in his 23-man talented young squad, having been undefeated in their last two friendlies against Netherlands and Italy. Owing to the hosts’ two-game unbeaten streak, NairaBet offers odds of (1.45) for them as clear favourites.

Following Gernot Rohr's men's recent defeats at the hands of Morocco and Serbia, they need to do a lot to secure a vital victory here. The Super Eagles were held to a 1-1 stalemate on their turf by Congo DR last Monday and the bookies chalk them up at (7.75) as underdogs.

A stalemate at the end of 90 minutes of action is priced at a juicy (4.15). This only paid out in one of their last two outings.

So far, the back-three set-up by the English team has produced an impressive defensive record, after keeping a clean sheet in four of their previous five matches, including games against Italy, Netherlands, Germany, and Brazil.

In view of this, it’ll worth backing the Londoners to keep another clean sheet in this encounter at odds of (1.70).

All of the last meetings between these countries has opposed goal action at both ends of the pitch. Thus, it appears enticing backing a repeat of such here at (1.55) with the same betting firm.

Harry Kane has been excellent, having netted seven goals in his six starts under Southgate. Considering his outstanding domestic season, it seems a good choice backing the 24-year-old to find the net anytime at odds of (1.80).

What appears more rewarding in this showdown is to see an outcome of two or fewer goals scored as the previous duels ended this way. NairaBet quotes odds of (1.75) for such outcome.