Nigeria kick-started its Confederation Cup campaign with a victory over Tahiti and is confident ahead of the second game played against Uruguay. Their opponents lost by a narrow margin to Spain but played courageously and will use the same offensive starting formation against the African champions.
Bet: Over 2.5
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.10
The teams who chose to participate in the Confederation Cup this year are taking the competition seriously and field formations featuring mostly veterans. For Nigeria, this is an excellent and somewhat rare opportunity to play against some of the best teams in the world and they have no intention of squandering this chance. Coach Keshi was probably satisfied with the outcome of the opening game, but his expecting more from his strikers.
Tahiti conceded six goals but five of them were scored by midfielders and defenders, despite the fact that Nigeria started with two forwards. Against Uruguay, they need to stick to the same formation because the South Americans are a tough nut to crack and have excellent strikers. Suarez and Cavani will probably pair upfront once again, but we shouldn’t be surprised to see veteran Forlan introduced in the second half. With three strikers on the field, Uruguay could be more than a match for the Africans, and Nigeria could well find itself on the wrong end of a one-sided match.
Bookmakers are favoring Uruguay but the odds for a straight victory are simply too low to justify this wager, especially after Nigeria’s offensive outburst. A better proposition comes from Pinnacle Sports, which has a odds of 2.10 for over 2.5 goals to be scored, a very likely outcome when two offensive minded teams meet in a test game.