Nigeria face Serbia for the first time ever in Tuesday’s international friendly billed for the Hive Stadium, London.
The Super Eagles come into the encounter full of optimism having silenced Poland 1-0 before their home fans thanks to Victor Moses' second-half strike.
For Mladen Krstajic’s men, they got spanked 2-1 by Morocco at the Stadio Olimpico – a slight setback to their 2018 World Cup preparations.
And against the three-time African champions, they will be at their best to return back to winning ways as that will boost their confidence.
|Game||Nigeria vs Serbia|
|Date||Tuesday March 27|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In Nigeria, the game can be watched live on SuperSport, as well as being available to stream online using the BT Sport app.
|Nigeria TV channel||Online stream|
|SuperSport Eight Africa, SuperSport Select Go||N/A|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Uzoho, Ezenwa, Akpeyi|
|Defenders||Shehu, Ebuehi, Aina, Echiejile, Idowu, Awaziem, Ekong, Balogun, Omeruo, Eze|
|Midfielders||Onazi, Ndidi, Ogu, Agbo, Joel Obi, Etebo, Agu|
|Forwards||Musa, Iheanacho, Simon, Moses, Ighalo, Iwobi, Okechukwu, Ajayi|
Junior Ajayi could be handed his Super Eagles debut against Serbia as Oghenekaro Etebo may be ruled out owing to a minor injury.
Francis Uzoho is expected to remain in goal ahead of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi with William Troost-Ekong forming a solid partnership with Leon Balogun at the rear.
Gernot Rohr is expected to keep faith in the same squad that started against Poland on Friday.
Potential Nigeria XI: Uzoho, Shehu, Ekong, Balogun, Idowu, Obi, Ndidi, Iwobi, Iheanacho, Moses, Ighalo
|Goalkeepers||Dmitrović, Stojković, Rajković|
|Defenders||Rajković, Tošić, Kolarov, Maksimović, Obradović, Veljkovic, Rukavina, Nastasić, Ivanović|
|Midfielders||Matic, Ljajić, Tadić, Kostić, Živković, Maksimović, Gaćinović|
|Forwards||Mitrović, Ljajić, Prijović|
Coach Mladen Krstajić is expected to make a number of changes to the team that started against Morocco.
Nikola Maksimović is likely to be replaced by Branislav Ivanović, while Marko Grujić is pushing for inclusion ahead of Nemanja Matić.
Potential Serbia XI: Dmitrović, Tošić, Basta, Kolarov, Ivanović, Matic, Kostic, Tadic, Živković, Ljajić, Mitrovic
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Serbia go into this encounter as underdogs with NairaBet who price them at (2.70).
Nigeria are (2.60) to claim victory and a draw is a 3.15 play according to the same firm.
Nigeria will be hoping to preserve their unbeaten run when they meet Serbia for the first time in London.
The Super Eagles are yet to lose any of their last six international games, and they would be eager to increase it to seven against the Europeans.
Despite his side’s win against Poland on Friday, Gernot Rohr wants to see further improvements against the team ranked 34th in the world.
“This team is a young team but also a team of leaders. If we stay humble and continue to work hard to improve our play we have huge potentials, but beating 2 Fifa top 10 teams in friendlies doesn’t mean we are now World Cup favourites,” he told media.
Following his impressive performance against the Polish side, Francis Uzoho is expected to protect Nigeria’s goalpost against Mladen Krstajić’s side.
The Europeans are also expected to change things up from the game against Morocco as they look to return to winning ways to boost their confidence ahead of the 2018 Fifa World Cup.