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

Nigeria U-20 team, aka the Flying Eagles
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The Nigeria U-20 football team, aka the Flying Eagles, begin their FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 campaign with a clash against Dominicana in Group D in Mendoza.

Nigeria will love to start on a high, given they're the overwhelming favourites to come out on top. However, Dominicana will not want to be a pushover and will aim for an upset.

The other game in the group will see Italy and Brazil go head-to-head in a heavyweight clash later in the day at the same venue.

Nigeria U-20 vs Dominicana U-20 Match Preview

Nigeria

Nigeria qualified for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup after finishing third in the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The four teams from Africa who made the semi-finals of the AFCON in Egypy earned their spot in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina.

The Flying Eagles will look to make themselves count and improve on their record in the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023. They've never won the competition, emerging as two-time runners-up in 1989 and 2005. The Flying Eagles haven't done well in the tournament off late, suffering elimination in the last three editions of this tournament at the round of 16 stage.

However, Ladan Boso and his boys will be out to make history and reach the finals. Their first task will be to get three points against Dominicana to kickstart their campaign positively.

Dominicana

The Caribbean nation, Dominicana, is making its U-20 FIFA World Cup debut. They got into the tournament thanks to their unprecedented run to the finals of the 2022 CONCACAF U-20 tournament before suffering a 6-0 humiliation at the hands of the USA in the final.

And just like it was in Africa, the semi-finalists in the CONCACAF got the nod to represent the region in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina. Walter Rosales and his Dominican side will have their work cut out as they play an experienced side in Nigeria.

Nigeria U-20 vs Dominicana U-20 Match Predictions

Below are our match predictions for this FIFA World Cup game. You can use the insights to play along and earn big rewards. Use the Betway sign up code and 1xbet promo code if you're a new user in Nigeria.

1st Prediction: Nigeria to Win

Nigeria come into this FIFA U-20 World Cup fixture after a 3-3 friendly draw with Colombia a few days ago. The team have been in good shape ahead of this tournament, winning four of their last six games. Knowing Dominicana has been on a losing course in friendlies since the finals of the CONCACAF, we're backing the Flying Eagles to win this bout.

2nd Prediction: Over 2.5 Total Goals

Both teams have been involved in high-scoring games in their two recent fixtures. While Dominicana does not have the pedigree of Nigeria in front of goal, we still feel this game will produce at least three goals.

Head-to-Head

The two teams have never played before.

Nigeria U-20 vs Dominicana U-20 Lineups

Official lineups for this FIFA U-20 World Cup match will be out an hour before kick-off.

Frequently Asked Questions About Nigeria vs Dominicana

What time will the Nigeria vs Dominicana FIFA U-20 World Cup match kick-off?

This FIFA U-20 World Cup match will kick off at 3 PM local time in Argentina.

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

The FIFA U-20 World Cup group-stage clash between Nigeria and Dominicana will be played at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza.

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

Nigeria is the bookmakers' favourite to win this FIFA U-20 World Cup clash.

This article was most recently revised and updated 6 months ago

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