There will be fireworks at the San Juan del Bicentenario Stadium as FIFA U-20 World Cup hosts Argentina face-off with Nigeria in search of a place in the quarterfinals. The fixture will commence at 6:00 PM (local time) on Wednesday.
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The Albiceleste finished the group stage with a perfect record of three wins. Meanwhile, the Flying Eagles of Nigeria finished their group with six points.
Argentina vs. Nigeria at U20 level: 🏆
🇦🇷 2005: Argentina win 2-1 final
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The game will be the first time Argentine play Nigeria since the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2005 Finals. The South Americans won the game 2-1, with Lionel Messi grabbing a brace.
Argentina U20 vs Nigeria U20 Match Preview
Being the host nation, Argentina has confidence and massive home support. They also hold the record for most FIFA U-20 World Cup wins, clinching the title six times compared to zero for Nigeria. Argentina was especially dominant from 1995 to 2007, winning five out of the seven editions of the U-20 World Cup during that stretch.
Ahead of this encounter, Argentina recorded three wins in three group-stage games, scoring 10 goals and conceding one. Their terrific form makes them the overwhelming favourites for this match and the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Form Guide: WLWWWW
Nigeria finished Group D with six points, scoring four times and conceding three. They qualified for the next round as one of the third-best-placed teams.
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The Flying Eagles will look to put aside their loss to Brazil and be at their best to spoil the day for Argentina. With the host having home support, it will be challenging for the two-time runners-up to pull off an upset, although they can do it.
Form Guide: LWDWWL
Argentina U20 vs Nigeria U20 Match Predictions
1st Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
The three group stage matches Argentina played ended with over 2.5 goals in each. Argentina has scored 10 goals in the competition so far, the second-highest total. Meanwhile, three of Nigeria's last five matches have also seen over 2.5 goals. The previous game between both countries in this competition ended with three goals. With these facts in place, we're backing this game to have over 2.5 goals.
2nd Prediction: Argentina to Win
The Albiceleste are the favourites to come out on top in the match. They're on the back of three straight wins in this competition, scoring 10 goals and only conceding one. They'll fancy their chances against Nigeria with their home fans behind them.
Argentina U20 vs Nigeria U20 Lineup
We're predicting both teams to use their last lineups. However, official lineups of the two teams will be out an hour before kickoff.
Frequently Asked Questions About Argentina vs Nigeria
Which TV channel will show the Argentina vs Nigeria match in Nigeria?
This FIFA U-20 World Cup match will be broadcast live on SuperSport Variety Channel 209 and GoTV SuperSport Select 2 (10 PM local time). Click here to read about live football apps streaming the game in Nigeria.
Where will the Argentina vs Nigeria FIFA U-20 World Cup match take place?
This heavyweight clash will take place at the San Juan del Bicentenario Stadium in San Juan, Argentina.
Who will the winner of this match face in the next round?
The winner of this Round of 16 match will face Ecuador or the Korea Republic in the quarterfinal.
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