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Algeria vs Nigeria: Super Eagles Predicted XI

5:32 am AEST 27/9/22
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Ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly against the Desert Foxes, GOAL lists the likely line-up Jose Peseiro could consider

Nigeria take on 2019 African champions Algeria in a prestigious friendly billed for Tuesday.

As it stands, Jose Peseiro will tackle the fixture with a depleted team following injuries to key players.

With less than 24 hours to the fixture, GOAL predicts the likely XI the West Africans could start. 

  • Maduka Okoye - Nigeria

    Maduka Okoye (Goalkeeper)

    Notwithstanding his blunders against Algeria B, the Watford man is expected to be trusted in goal against the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations champions, as coach Jose Peseiro aims to help him regain his confidence between the sticks.

  • Kenneth Omeruo

    Kenneth Omeruo (Centre-back)

    Omeruo, who played a vital role in the country's 2013 Afcon triumph, is expected to marshal the Super Eagles' backline following an injury to William Troost-Ekong. Should he impress against the Desert Foxes, that could see him become a regular starter in Jose Peseiro's squad.

  • Chidozie Awaziem

    Chidozie Awaziem (Centre-back)

    The Hajduk Split defender looked at ease in the 2-2 outing last week.

    With Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun all ruled out, the decision to start against Algeria is surely a straightforward one for Nigeria’s Jose Peseiro.

  • Ola Aina

    Ola Aina (Right-back)

    Aina was part of the Super Eagles squad that leaked two goals against the home-based Algerians. Although Chidozie Awaziem is also fit for that role, coach Peseiro could give the Torino man the opportunity to show his class.

  • Calvin Bassey - Nigeria

    Calvin Bassey (Left-back)

    The Ajax man is one of the most consistent Super Eagles players abroad. He gave away a penalty against the Algerians on Friday, nonetheless, that is not enough to bounce him out of the starting XI if he is 100% fit.

  • Nigeria's Frank Onyeka

    Frank Onyeka (Central midfield)

    The player still looks unable to be as decisive for the Nigeria national team as he can be for Brentford. Even at that, he will get the nod to start against the North Africans.

  • Alex Iwobi - Nigeria

    Alex Iwobi (Central midfield)

    The Everton man has surely cemented his place in the Super Eagles lineup against Algeria thanks to his commanding displays that saw him nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award.

  • Chidera Ejuke

    Chidera Ejuke (Right winger)

    Despite a sluggish performance against Algeria B, the Union Berlin forward is expected to play on the right flank with Samuel Chukwueze out due to injury. He is likely to drift infield to allow Aina room for the overlap, while his mesmerising moves would create opportunities for strikers.

  • Moses Simon

    Moses Simon (Left Winger)

    The attacker is expected to captain the Super Eagles against Riyad Mahrez and co as well as trouble the Algerian backline with his bag of tricks.

  • Cyriel Dessers

    Cyriel Dessers (Centre-forward)

    With Umar Sadiq and a host of others missing, the in-form frontman is likely to return to Nigeria's attack.

  • Taiwo Awoniyi - Nigeria vs Tunisia

    Taiwo Awoniyi (Centre-forward)

    Victor Osimhen is missing and this game provides the Nottingham Forest man with a chance to prove his worth.

    He will shoulder the goalscoring responsibilities against Djamel Belmadi’s men.