Nigeria vs Germany:
Olympics Football- Rio 2016
Date: Wednesday, 17 August, 2016
Kick-off: 20:00 UK.
Venue: Arena Corinthians.
Nigeria and Germany lock horns for the first time at the Olympics men’s football competition at Rio 2016 on Wednesday, 17th August 2016.
The Nigerians ease past Denmark to book their third semifinal ticket in four Olympics appearances. The Super Eagles started the tournament with back-to-back wins against Japan and Sweden, but lost to Colombia in their final group match. They bounced back brilliantly and were convincing in the 2-0 win over the Danes in the quarter finals.
Germany cruised past Portugal to beat by 4-0 to book their place in the semi finals. The Mannschaft are taking part in the competition after long absence, but they had came to Rio with some quality players. They are a side with plenty of fire-power and are the best attacking side in the competition so far with 19 goals scored in 4 games.
Nigeria vs Germany: Key Facts
Nigeria will be facing a European team for the third time in this Olympics and they have defeated the previous two. They Super Eagles have also lost one of their four games in the competition, scored 8 and conceded 6.
Germany will be locking horns with an African side for the first time in the completion. In addition, the German are unbeaten in the competition and scored the the highest no of goals 19 goals in the tournament, with 14 coming from last two games.
Nigeria: Predicted Starting Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
Daniel – Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Sincere, Amuzie – Okechukwu, Usman – Imoh, Mikel, A.Umar – S.Umar.
Germany: Predicted Starting Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
Horn – Toljan, Ginter, Sule, Klostermann – S. Bender, L. Bender – Brandt, Meyer, Gnabry – Selke.
Nigeria vs Germany: Head to Head
These two Nations will be facing each other for the first time in this competition. Germany and Nigeria national football team last met in an international friendly that took place in Koln.
However, Germany have had encounter with African sides in the football aspect of the Olympics. During their last appearance in Seoul 1988, the German met African side like Zambia, And Tunisia, and enjoyed a resounding victory over them.
On their way to the Semi-final of this on-going Olympics, Nigeria faced and defeated 2 European sides. In Addition, any Nigeria Olympic football team has never lost to an European side since the West African country scooped the gold medal in 1996.
Nigeria vs Germany: Prediction
This is going to be close game considering the quality in both sides, and their exploit on the way to the final.
Germany has only one shot off target out of their 20 shot goal in this game, netting 19 goals the highest in the competition so far. The German will however be facing a more tactical side, and a team that have failed to loss against any European side in any Olympics game.
In their last Olympic appearance (i.e. Beijing 2008), Nigeria faced an European in the same level of the competition, and produced a wide margin victory over the European side. Dream team V under the tutelage of Samson Siasia defeated Belgium with 4-1 score line and ease to the final of the 2008 edition of the Olympics.
In conclusion, both sides have produced great performances in Rio so far, and have had few historical advantages. This clash is going to produce the best football performance in Rio, and narrow line will separate the two sides. I however predict a win for the Nigerian side.
Nigeria vs Germany: Betting Tips
- Over 2.5 goals @ 1.85.
- Both Teams to Score @ 3.60
- Both Teams To Score and Nigeria to win @ 7.00