The names of the teams to advance to the next stage of the confederations cup were already known on Saturday, but two of them officially survived group stage. Nigeria will try to join them in the semifinals, but in order to do that, the African team needs to defeat the reigning World Cup champion, Spain.
Bet: Over 3
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 1.91
Nigeria kick-started its campaign with a convincing victory over Tahiti and it is that success by six goals to one that keeps them on the second place. It is highly unlikely for Uruguay to draw against the same opponent, which means that the Africans have only one choice tonight. Defeating the reigning World Cup and European champions won’t be easy, even though Del Bosque won’t be using the best players.
The experienced Spanish coach is experimenting with new players and tries to find out the optimal team in the wake of the World Cup. Even so, Torres, Villa and Mata are just as dangerous upfront as Soldado, Pedro and Fabregas, so regardless of what line up Del Bosque chooses tonight, he will give Nigeria a run for its money. Spain played conservative football against Uruguay but dominated the midfield and they will try to employ the same strategy against the African team. Their opponents can’t afford to defend, as they need a win to advance to the semifinals and this should translate into a very interesting game.
Regardless of what offensive line Del Bosque uses against Nigeria, Spain is the overwhelming favorite to win and it is very likely for the match to turn into a scoring festival. Pinnacle Sports offers odds of 1.91 for the Over 3 bet, with this wager having the stakes returned if exactly 3 goals are scored.