Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea lineups, stats, predictions – AFCON 2023

Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea lineups, stats, predictions – AFCON 2023
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These points will be up for grabs as Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea square off against each other on Sunday. Which of these teams will kick off their AFCON opener with a win?

Probable Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea lineups

As the Super Eagles begin their quest for a fourth Africa Cup of Nations title, these are our probable Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea lineups:

Nigeria

Goalkeeper: Stanley Nwabali.
Defenders: Bright Osayi-Samuel, Calvin Bassey, William Troost-Ekong, Zaidu Sanusi.
Midfielders: Joe Aribo, Raphael Onyedika, Alex Iwobi.
Strikers: Samuel Chukwueze, Victor Osimhen, Ademola Lookman.

Equatorial Guinea

Goalkeeper: Jesus Owono.
Defenders: Basilio Ndong, Esteban Obiang, Marvin Anieboh, Carlos Akapo.
Midfielders: Federico Bikoro, Pablo Ganet, Iban Salvador, José Machin, Josete Miranda.
Strikers: Emilio Nsue.

Confirmed Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea lineups

Nigeria

ng
5-4-1
15
Moses Simon
ng
4
Alhassan Yusuf
ng
17
Alex Iwobi
ng
5
William Troost-Ekong
ng
6
Semi Ajayi
ng
3
Zaidu Sanusi
ng
2
Ola Aina
ng
23
Stanley Nwabali
ng
9
Victor Osimhen
ng
18
Ademola Lookman
ng
8
Frank Onyeka
ng
Substitutes
12
Bright Osayi-Samuel
ng
21
Calvin Bassey
ng
10
Joe Aribo
ng
20
Chidozie Awaziem
ng
11
Samuel Chukwueze
ng
25
Raphael Onyedika
ng
1
Francis Uzoho
ng
14
Kelechi Iheanacho
ng
7
Ahmed Musa
ng
19
Paul Onuachu
ng
22
Kenneth Omeruo
ng
13
Onyemaechi Bruno
ng

Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea
4-2-3-1
1
Jesus Owono
gq
11
Basilio Ndong
gq
21
Esteban Orozco Fernandez
gq
4
Federico Bikoro
gq
8
Jannick Buyla
gq
22
Pablo Ganet
gq
15
Carlos Akapo
gq
10
Emilio Nsue
gq
7
Jose Machin
gq
6
Iban Salvador
gq
16
Saul Coco
gq
Substitutes
13
Aitor Embela
gq
5
Jose Elo
gq
12
Charles Ondo
gq
19
Luis Miguel Nlavo Asue
gq
2
Nestor Senra
gq
14
Alejandro Bandeira
gq
23
Manuel Sapunga Mbara
gq
20
Santiago Eneme
gq
3
Marvin Anieboh
gq
18
Noe Ela
gq
27
Oscar Siafa
gq
26
Jose Nabil Ondo
gq

*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released

Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea lineups
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Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea predictions

Prediction 1: Equatorial Guinea not to lose

As three-time AFCON champions, the Super Eagles are the bookies' favourites to win this match. However, their recent run of results don't inspire a lot of confidence.

Jose Peseiro's men have struggled to find their best form of late, winning just one of their last five matches.

In contrast, Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea have been a tough nut to crack. They are currently on a 10-match unbeaten run (6 wins, 4 draws) across all competitions.

Taking the Super Eagles' recent struggles into account, we believe that Equatorial Guinea will hold their own on Sunday.

Prediction 2: One team will not score

We've established that Equatorial Guinea have no losses in their last 10 matches. They've been very solid defensively, keeping three clean sheets in their last four matches, and conceding just once.

Meanwhile the Super Eagles have not particularly been very efficient in front of goal recently, as they scored two goals in their last three matches. On that note, our second Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea prediction is that one team will keep a clean sheet.

Prediction 3: Less than three total goals

Lastly, let's explore the over/under goals market. It may interest you to know that Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea have both been involved in a lot of low-scoring games these past few months.

On one hand, Nzalang Nacional's last six matches went south of the 2.5 goal marker. Their last four matches saw just one goal scored per game on average.

Similarly, less than three goals were scored in Nigeria's last three games; and for this reason, we shouldn't expect many goals in this match.

Where to watch Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea live

Fans in Nigeria can tune into Supersport Football Plus and NTA Sports 24 for live coverage of this game. On the other hand, this match will be available on Canal+ CAN and Supersport Football Plus for fans who reside in Equatorial Guinea.

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago

Kelechi is a huge sports fan with over 10 years of betting experience. He has written thousands of match previews on football, tennis, basketball and American football in the past few years.