This week, the second round of 2022 World Cup qualification resumes in Africa, with a match between Nigeria and the Central African Republic scheduled for Thursday, October 7th.
The game will be held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, with the hosts leading the group with six points from two games, while the visitors are in last place with one point from two games.
Nigeria is coming off a victory over the Cape Verde Islands in their most recent encounter, which took place in September. Nigeria fell behind after 19 minutes, but equalized 10 minutes later. In the second half, the Super Eagles pushed for a goal and were rewarded with an own goal with just 14 minutes remaining.
Following a 2-0 home win over Liberia, Nigeria now has two victories in 2022 World Cup qualifying.
Nigeria has gone undefeated in 21 of their last 23 home matches across all competitions. They’ve won seven straight home World Cup qualifying games and have been outstanding defensively. In their last seven home World Cup qualifying matches, Nigeria has kept six clean sheets, including each of the last three.
The Central African Republic travels to the Teslim Balogun Stadium with a lot of work to do in the group if they want to advance to the third round of World Cup qualification for 2022. They began their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Cape Verde Islands at home, and they had to come back from a goal down in the second half after falling behind in the first 45 minutes.
The Central African Republic was defeated 1-0 by Liberia in their first home game in the group. Nothing seemed to be able to separate the two teams, but Liberia had other ideas and scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute.
The Central African Republic have a dismal road record, with only one win in their last 18 away games across all competitions. They are winless in their past nine World Cup qualifying matches and have surrendered at least two goals in each of their last five road games.
Nigeria cannot afford to make any mistakes with only one team advancing to the third round, but this is a contest they should easily win. Based on their present form, I believe Nigeria will win this match.
Kickoff Time: The game will go down on Thursday at 5PM Nigerian time.