Portugal wraps up World Cup preparations vs Nigeria

Portugal wraps up World Cup preparations vs Nigeria

Portugal is now ready to take on the World Cup stage when they meet with Nigeria on their last game in the International Friendlies. For this match, it will be Portugal who hosts Nigeria when they meet on November 18, 2022, at 2:45 AM (GMT+8). It was unfortunate for Nigeria as they failed to secure a spot in the World Cup. As for the Portuguese squad, they are still in the process of preparing for their Qatar 2022 bid. They will arrive in Qatar after this match and try to win the title for the first time in their World Cup history.

This match will be the one and only preparation of Portugal before the World Cup, when they meet the three-time African champions. Despite the issues their captain is facing right now, it will not be a disturbance for Portugal to try getting the title. As for Nigeria, although they are very disappointed when they failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. However, it is not the time for them to be depressed over that result. They are now preparing for the Nations qualifying round of the 2023 Africa Cup.

Portugal

International Friendlies: Portugal
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Portugal are now on their way to their sixth consecutive World Cup appearance, following their disappointments in the past editions. In fact, they failed to be as impressive as what is expected of them in all competitions. Just like their result in the Nations League, they finished a point behind Spain. This contest will be an advantage for the Portuguese as this will be their preparation for the World Cup. Through this match, they will be able to prepare about the strong opponents they might face in the World Cup. Nigeria is a strong team, so going against them is better for Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to lead Portugal on their bid for the World Cup title. Moreover, he can also get assistance from guys like Danilo Pereira and Antonio Silva defensively. Aside from them, there are also others who could step up for Portugal and help their squad.

Nigeria

Nigeria is finally able to give their fans a treat, after their disappointing campaign to the World Cup. It has been an underwhelming year for them after failing to qualify for the World Cup, which is a little unexpected of them. Nigeria are three-time African champions, but many were shocked that they were eliminated in the Round of 16. Shortly afterwards, they fell short in the qualifying match of the World Cup, However, they should not get their guards down because they can still prepare for the qualification of the 2023 Africa Cup.

After Victor Osimhen suffered an injury, he withdrew from the Nigerian squad. This is a huge loss for Nigeria as he could have provided numbers for Nigeria. Aside from him, they will also be without Olisah Ndah who also sustained an injury.

Prediction:

Portugal (3.0)
Odds: -0.82

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