An interesting fixture is on the cards as Saudi Arabia and the Super Eagles of Nigeria go toe-to-toe with each other on Friday. Which of these teams will come out on top when it's all said and done?
International Friendly: Nigeria vs Saudi Arabia:
* It is only the second time both countries will be clashing at senior international level.
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Saudi Arabia vs Super Eagles predictions
It's worth mentioning that this is just a friendly match, so there isn't much at stake besides bragging rights. That said, here are our Saudi Arabia vs Super Eagles predictions:
Super Eagles to win
We would like to kick off our Saudi Arabia vs Super Eagles predictions by backing the visitors to win. For one, these teams are on opposite sides when it comes to recent form. On one hand, things have not gone swimmingly for Saudi Arabia lately; as they are coming into this match on the back of six consecutive losses. In contrast, the Super Eagles have strung up a good run of results, winning three matches in a row. Taking everything into account, we are fairly confident that the Super Eagles will reign supreme after 90 minutes.
Both teams to score
Next, let's explore the BTTS market. In spite of Saudi Arabia's recent shortcomings, they've scored their fair share of goals lately. As a matter of fact, Roberto Mancini's men found the back of the net in four of their last five matches. Likewise, the Super Eagles scored nine goals in their last two matches alone. Conversely, they've seen their defense breached in six of their last eight games. Taking into account that both teams were on the scoresheet in four of Saudi Arabia's last five games, we should expect goals at both ends.
Over 2.5 total goals
Given that the Super Eagles found the back of the net nine times in their last two games, it's no surprise that they've been involved in a few high-scoring matches in recent months. We would like to point out that three of Nigeria's last five matches featured at least four goals; their last five matches have seen over three goals scored per game on average. Similarly, four of Saudi Arabia's last five games went above the 2.5 goal line; and on that note, we should expect the goals to flow in this game.
Saudi Arabia recent form
Saudi Arabia have been going through a rough patch in recent months; they have lost six matches in a row, conceding 12 times in the process. Roberto Mancini will hope to steer his team back on course as they face the Super Eagles on Friday.
Super Eagles recent form
Unlike today's opponents, the Super Eagles are just starting to find their stride; they are coming into this match on the back of three consecutive wins, scoring 10 times in the process. Jose Peseiro‘s men will look to extend their winning streak to four matches; they'll fancy their chances against a struggling Saudi Arabia side.
Where to watch Saudi Arabia vs Super Eagles live
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For live coverage of this match, you can tune into the Nigeria Football Federation's (NFF) official YouTube channel. You can also catch all the action live on Supersport.
This article was most recently revised and updated 4 weeks ago