FIFA U-20 World Cup Preview and Predictions: Italy vs Nigeria

FIFA U-20 World Cup Preview and Predictions: Italy vs Nigeria
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All eyes will be at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza for the heavyweight clash between Italy and Nigeria, aka the Flying Eagles, in the second-round matchup of Group D.

Both teams have three points courtesy of their respective wins in the first round of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. As a result, three points in this game guarantee the winner's qualification into the knockout stage. The other game in the group will see Andrey Santos' Brazil take on the Dominican Republic. Both teams will duel for their first point(s) in the tournament.

Italy U20 vs Nigeria U20 Match Preview

Italy

Italy are coming into this fixture from a 3-2 win over tournament favourites Brazil. The Italians breezed into a 3-0 first-half lead in their game against the South Americans. Although Brazil pulled two goals back in the 2nd period, the Italians held on for three valuable points. Carmine Nunziata and his lads will hope to reproduce their last performance as they take on Nigeria.

The Italians have been unbeaten in their last seven games, scoring 15 goals and conceding eight. The Euro U19 semi-finalists will have to put in a good shift at the back to keep Nigeria at bay.

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Nigeria

The Nigeria Flying Eagles are in good spirits ahead of this encounter. Ladan Bosso's lads are coming into this clash from a 2-1 win over Dominican Republic. A victory over Italy will take them to the next round, although it won't be easy.

Ahead of this battle, Nigeria are unbeaten in their last three games, losing once in their seven skirmishes. But they'll have to be really clinical against the Italians and be solid at the back if they're to take something from this game. A loss in this bout and a win for Brazil in their game will spell disaster for the Flying Eagles' chances of progression.

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Italy U20 vs Nigeria U20 Match Predictions

Below are our match predictions for this FIFA World Cup game. You can use our insights to earn big. Use the Betano promo code or Betway sign up code if you're a new user in Nigeria to register and place your bets.

1st Prediction: Both Teams to Score

The Italians are unbeaten in their last seven games but have conceded in six of those games. Similarly, Nigeria has been breached in their previous two games. With both teams capable of scoring and conceding, we fancy goals at both ends.

2nd Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals

Our second prediction for this match is on the over/under goals market. The Italians have played out a high-scoring game in six of their last seven involvements. On the other hand, the Nigeria Flying Eagles have been involved in high-scoring affairs in their previous three games. Going by this, we are certain this match will see at least three goals.

Nigeria U20 vs Italy U20 Lineups

Both teams might likely use their last lineups for this FIFA U-20 World Cup encounter.

Frequently Asked Questions About Italy vs Nigeria

Which TV Channel will show the Italy 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 (7 PM Nigerian Time). They are the best live football tv app in Nigeria.

Where will the Italy vs Nigeria FIFA World Cup match take place?

This blockbuster FIFA U-20 World Cup clash will take place at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza.

Which of these teams do the bookies favour to win the match?

Italy is the bookies' favourite to win this FIFA U-20 World Cup game.

This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago

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