Zambia vs Nigeria: Preview and Prediction

Zambia vs Nigeria
African World Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Sunday 9th October 2016.
Kick-off: 13:30 UK,
Venue: Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola.

The Chipolopolo of Zambia locks horn with the Super Eagles of Nigeria in round 1 of the Africa World Cup Qualifiers. Both teams are in search of a national redemption as they will be missing year African Nation Championship in Gabon.

Zambia enjoyed a 3-0 aggregate win over Sudan, as they eased into the last round of the world cup qualifiers. The Chipolopolo have failed to qualify for any world cup final since their independence in 1964. Zambia is currently ranked 24th in Africa and 92nd in the world.

Nigeria gathered a 2-0 aggregate win over Swaziland to book their place in this round of Africa World Cup Qualifiers. The Super Eagles of Nigeria is in search of it 5th World Cup ticket in 6 editions. Nigeria is currently ranked 14th in Africa and 64th in the world.

Zambia vs Nigeria: Head to Head Statistics

  • Zambia national team has 1 win in their last 10 games in all competitions. Chipolopolo last world cup qualifiers games at home ended with a 2-0 victory over Sudan. Moreover, the Chipolopolo failed to win in their last 3 home games during the 2018 AFCON qualifiers.
  • Nigeria has 6 wins in their last 10 games in all competition. The Super Eagles have failed to drop point in their last 2 world cup qualifiers game away. Moreover, the super eagles failed to win in their 2 away games during the 2018 AFCON qualifiers.
  • Both sides have met 3 times in last 6 years. The Chipolopolo of Zambia suffered defeat once in those 3 encounters, while the remaining ended in a draw. Moreover, the super eagles has 3 wins in the last 5 meeting with their Sunday host, and the Zambian last defeated Nigerian during the 1982 edition of the nation cup in Libya. The Zambian handed Nigeria a 3-0 thrashing as they finished 3rd in the competition.

Zambia vs Nigeria: Prediction

Going into the encounter, Nigeria has better H2H statistics in games between both sides. However, the Zambian won’t be an easy nut crack considering their similar path for redemption after failing to qualify for the 2017 AFCON, same as Nigeria.

Therefore, this clash promises to be electrifying and it’s a very difficult to predict. However, considering Nigeria pool of talents and attacking prowess I will predict a win for the West African nation, with a very little chance of Zambia getting anything out from this showdown.

Zambia vs Nigeria: Betting Tips

  • Nigeria to win at 2.25.