England play the first of two friendlies ahead of their departure for the 2018 World Cup on Saturday 2nd June at Wembley
England have a world class goal-scorer in Kane, and plenty of talent in the attacking three behind him but look to have issues in the back five (and a new-ish three centre backs system) and holding midfield where there just isn’t the class to assume they can beat the big boys over several games in the latter stages of the World Cup
Nigeria are in the World Cup “Group of Death” with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. Nigeria qualified from a group containing Cameroon and Algeria, Alex Iwobi scoring a winner against Zambia to send them through where they were placed in Pot 4 and probably represent the toughest draw from that group of teams.
One of the major doubts here is that amongst their regular starters Iwobi, Ihenacho and Musa haven’t had much club game time this year. Their key midfield player Ndidi is touch and go for the finals with a hamstring and he and Mikel are important ball winners between both an inexperienced defence and front line. Against Argentina, beating them 4-2 in a friendly in November, they showed a lot of counter-attacking potential with the young players to the fore.
This is a game where we should expect experimentation, plenty of substitutions and perhaps an easy pace given the priority will be for players not to get injured ahead of the big tournament.
Odds for the match are England 1/2, the Draw 29/10 and Nigeria 11/2 with Bet365. There is no value in Engand and the draw is the better play for what is essentially a training match