Portugal vs Nigeria will face each other in a friendly match just a few days before the start of the Qatar World Cup 2022. The Portuguese national team is one of the qualified teams for the FIFA‘s top competition, being part of Group H with Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea. On the other side, Nigeria will not attend the event this time, but it will be the last game the Africans will play in the 2022 calendar year.
The European team will test its players in the match against an African opponent that could have certain similarities with group rivals Ghana, something that could be very useful. JefeBet‘s Portugal vs Nigeria preview has all the details for this game, as well as our prediction.
Predictions, Odds, and Betting preview for the Portugal vs Nigeria International Friendly on November 17, 2022
- Where: José Alvalade Stadium, Lisbon, Portugal.
- When: Thursday, November 17, 2022, 1:45 PM ET
- BetMGM Moneyline: Portugal (-400) / Tie (+450) / Nigeria (+1100)
- DraftKings Asian Handicap: Portugal (AH -2, +115) / Nigeria (AH +2, -165)
- Over/Under (2.5): Over (-145), Under (+105)
- Both teams score: Yes (+135) / No (-190).
This is the last friendly match Portugal will play before making its debut in Qatar 2022, a World Cup that will be the fifth and most likely last for Portugal’s star player, Cristiano Ronaldo. Having a player of such stature in their squad, makes the Portuguese national team is one of the powerhouses of the tournament, even though they have not had a brilliant qualification.
In their last official match, Portugal lost by a score of 0-1 to Spain, but fans do not have much to worry about since they have only lost two of their last eight matches so far in 2022.
Absences: Not reported.
Probable lineup: José Sá, Diogo Dalot, Antonio Silva, Danilo Pereira, Raphaël Guerreiro, Joao Palhinha, Ruben Neves, Vitinha, Rafael Leao, Otavio, Goncalo Ramos.
Nigeria is looking to close the year with a win, something that seems logical after failing to secure a place at the Qatar 2022 World Cup. In addition, the African team has lost its last two friendly matches, the first one to Algeria by a score of 2-1 and the second to Costa Rica by a score of 2-0.
The African team played 14 matches in this 2022 in all competitions and only managed to win on six occasions, most recently against Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations last September. Seeking to give a better impression at the end of the year, they will try to take advantage of the fact that their opponents will not be as competitive, already thinking about the World Cup.
Absences: Not reported.
Probable lineup: Francis Uzoho, Chidozie Awaziem, William Troost-Ekong, Calvin Bassey, Kevin Akpoguma, Frank Onyeka, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Samuel Chukwueze, Emmanuel Dennis, Paul Onuachu.
Cristiano Ronaldo may not play in this match, or if he does, he is not expected to play the entire match. There is a great difference in the quality of both teams and regardless of whether Cristiano Ronaldo plays or not, the victory will be on the side of the Europeans.
Prediction: Portugal wins by a score of 3-0.
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