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Australia vs Nigeria preview & prediction 

Match preview

At the Suncorp Stadium on Thursday, Australia Women and Nigeria Women will continue their 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaigns.

hosts of the competition Last week, Australia defeated the Republic of Ireland 1-0 to win their tournament opener. The Matildas earned all three points thanks to Stephanie Carley’s penalty in the 52nd minute.

In contrast, Nigeria earned a valuable point in a scoreless draw with Olympic champions Canada. Chiamaka Nnadozie, the goalie for the Super Falcons, stole the show with an incredible save to keep Christine Sinclair, the captain of Canada, off the scoresheet.

Nigeria is now in third place in Group B after the draw, with one point, while Australia is in first place overall with three points.

Australia vs Nigeria Head to Head

Australia2 – 0Nigeria

Australia vs Nigeria form guide

Australia’s last 5 games – WWWLW

Australia1 – 0Ireland
Australia1 – 0France
England0 – 2Australia
Australia0 – 1Scotland
Australia3 – 0Jamaica

Nigeria’s last 5 games – DWWWL

Nigeria0 – 0Canada
New Zealand0 – 3Nigeria
Nigeria        2 – 1Haiti
Nigeria1 – 0Costa Rica
Colombia1 – 0Nigeria

Key stats

  • The two parties will meet once more at this time. They played each other in the 2015 World Cup group stage, with Australia winning easily by a score of 2-0.
  • In six of their last seven games, Nigeria has failed to score. 
  • One side has failed to score in eight out of Australia’s past nine games, including each of the last five.
  • In their last 11 games, Australia has won 10 of them.

Australia vs Nigeria prediction

Nigeria surprised everyone by earning a point against Canada thanks to their staunch defence and Nnadozie’s amazing goaltending, which prevented them from defeating the seventh-ranked team in the world. The team led by Randy Waldrum will try to build on that success to achieve a second victory in a contest in which they are the underdogs.

As the Matildas have a boisterous following, Australia could pose a greater challenge. Though Same Kerr, their talismanic captain, has been ruled out of the group stage with a calf injury, their danger has been greatly diminished by his absence.

When these two teams faced off in the 2015 World Cup, Australia easily defeated them, but this time around, a more developed and well-rounded Nigerian team may present more of a challenge.

Having said that, we anticipate Australia to win by a small margin.

  • NIGERIA TO WIN@ 7.91
  • DRAW@ 4.27

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