Preview: Liberia vs. Nigeria

Preview: Liberia vs. Nigeria

Looking to extend their lead at the top of Group C and boost their chances of progressing into the final qualifying round, Nigeria take a trip to the Grand Stade de Tanger to face Liberia on Saturday.

The hosts, who find themselves rooted to the bottom of the group, will be looking to upset the visitors and pick up just their second win of the qualifiers.

After missing out on a place in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations by just two points, Liberia were denied a dream start to their World Cup qualifiers as they fell to a 2-0 loss against Nigeria in September’s reverse fixture.

Peter Butler’s men quickly moved on from that result as they edged out Central African Republic 1-0 three days later courtesy of Kpah Sherman’s 86th-minute strike.

However, Liberia failed to build on that performance as they crumbled to successive defeats against Cape Verde in their most recent two outings.

This slump in form sees the Lone Stars sit rock-bottom in Group C, and while their chances of making it into the final qualifying round are effectively over, they will fancy their chances of causing an upset on home turf, where they have won four of their last five games and are unbeaten in all but one of their last eight.

Meanwhile, after booking their place in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria got their quest for a seventh World Cup appearance underway on a winning note as they saw off Liberia before making it two wins from two four days later against Cape Verde.

In that encounter, Victor Osimhen cancelled out Dylan Tavares’s 19th-minute opener before Kenny Rocha Santos scored an own goal to hand the Super Eagles all three points.

However, this fine run took a slight halt in their subsequent outing, when they were stunned to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Central African Republic on October 7, courtesy of Karl Namnganda’s 91st-minute winner.

Gernot Rohr’s men got their qualifier campaign back on track last time out as they cruised to a 2-0 win over Les Fauves in the second of their two successive meetings thanks to first-half strikes from Leon Balogun and Osimhen.

With nine points from four games, Nigeria currently sit top of the pile in Group C, two points ahead of second-placed Cape Verde, and this has been owing to the solid job done at both ends of the pitch as they have scored six goals in that time while letting in two.

Next up is an opposing side who they are unbeaten against in 12 of the last 15 meetings between the sides, picking up 10 wins and two draws in that time.

Liberia World Cup Qualifying – Africa form:
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Liberia form (all competitions):
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Nigeria World Cup Qualifying – Africa form:
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Nigeria form (all competitions):
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We say: Liberia 0-2 Nigeria
Nigeria will be seeking to end their winless run against the hosts and extend their lead over second-place Cape Verde to five points. The Super Eagles head into the game with a star-studded squad and considering the gulf in class and quality between the two sides, we are tipping them to come out victorious in this one.

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