Nigeria Super Eagles Predicted XI vs. Guinea-Bissau: Who starts alongside Osimhen?
Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign continues on Friday when they face Guinea-Bissau.
It’s an opportunity for Jose Peseiro to further attempt to imprint an identity on this side, but amidst a raft of defensive absentees, which Super Eagles will get the nod?
Here’s Ed Dove’s Predicted Nigeria Super Eagles XI vs Guinea-Bissau.
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Goalkeeper: Francis Uzoho
Set to continue as Nigeria No. 1, Uzoho appears to have firmly seen off competition from Maduka Okoye, who can’t get a game at Watford.
With the stopper only rivalled by two inexperienced local keepers, don’t expect him to be unsettled.
Centre-back: Calvin Bassey
The future of Nigeria’s backline, Bassey will continue to build his promising Nigeria career in the heart of the defence.
Centre-back: Semi Ajayi
Kenneth Omeruo is only just recovering from injury at Leganes, but has been called up nonetheless.
Despite his invitation, he’ll surely be lacking match sharpness, so expect Peseiro to stick with the defensive partnership that featured against Sao Tome e Principe.
Right-back: Bright Osayi-Samuel
With no Ola Aina, Osayi-Samuel is favourite to feature at right-back, despite the presence of Omeruo and Kevin Akpoguma.
A more attacking player in his youth, he’s being reconverted into a full-back role at Fenerbahce, and should add a second international cap.
Left-back: Zaidu Sanusi
Likely to be uncontested as Nigeria’s first-choice left-back, Sanusi has made eight Champions League appearances for FC Porto this season and will now resume his stop-start international career.
Centre-midfield: Wilfred Ndidi
The anchorman has struggled with injury at Leicester City this season, with his influence at the club waning amidst their battle against relegation.
Nonetheless, with Peter Etebo not called and Joe Aribo lacking match fitness, he should return to the starting XI.
Centre-midfield: Alex Iwobi
Revived at Everton this season, particularly under Frank Lampard, Iwobi will be expected to be Nigeria’s midfield general against Guinea-Bissau.
Right wing: Moses Simon
Peseiro has a tough decision to make here, with both Simon and Chukwueze vying for contention on the right flank.
Chukwueze has been in excellent recent form for Villarreal, but Simon’s fine performances for the Eagles last term should see him getting the nod.
Left wing: Ademola Lookman
Unless Peseiro opts to move Simon or Chukwueze across to the left, Lookman should start on this flank.
His form has faded a little in Serie A recently, but he’s still enjoying a magnificent season—with 12 goals for Atalanta—and deserves to partner Osimhen up top.
Striker: Victor Osimhen
Nigeria’s undisputed line-leader.
There’s no question about whether Osimhen will start or not, although can the Super Eagles create an environment in which he can replicate his relentless Napoli form?
Striker Terem Moffi
Peseiro must decide whether Kelechi Iheanacho or Moffi is the best bet to partner Osimhen.
While Iheanacho typically thrives in a supporting role, the Moffi-Osimhen duo was so effective against Sao Tome in the Eagles’ last Nations Cup qualifier, that they deserve the opportunity to pick up where they left off.
Moffi has also been in better scoring form at club level than Iheanacho this term.