Ghana vs. Nigeria: World Cup Qualification Africa Betting Preview

Nigeria’s players line up. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Nigeria is no stranger to World Cup qualification, but can they take a crucial lead over their African counterparts, Ghana, in the first leg meeting this Friday? Read on for our free World Cup qualification match preview, predictions, analysis, and soccer picks.

Ghana vs. Nigeria

Friday, March 25, 2022 – 03:30 PM EDT at Baba Yara Sports Stadium

The journey towards World Cup qualification has been a rich setting for Ghana and Nigeria in the past, but these two must go head-to-head across two legs to reach Qatar 2022.

The Super Eagles haven’t managed to defeat Ghana in four meetings since 2006, but their West African foes haven’t faced the dynamics of this 2022 squad that could undoubtedly amend this trend.

Form, Mentality, World Cup Statistics and Trends

  • Ghana is undefeated in 7 consecutive WC Qualification matches.
  • Nigeria is unbeaten at halftime in 17 straight games.
  • Nigeria is undefeated in 24 of their last 28 games in all competitions.
  • Under 2.5 goals have been scored in Ghana’s previous 3 WC Qualification games.
  • Nigeria have won their previous 5 away games in all competitions.
  • Nigeria have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 4 WC Qualification games.

Back the In-Form Squad

Ghana enters the World Cup qualification playoffs following an abysmal effort in the Africa Cup of Nations. They managed to collect just 1 point after 3 games, causing them to crash out of Group C earlier than most anticipated.

Ghana will now attempt to make amends when the focus switches to the World Cup qualification playoffs; however, an edgy Group G effort barely saw them reach this stage.

Nigeria owns more positives from their recent tenure, including the arrival of manager Augustine Eguavoen – winning 3 and losing 1 since his arrival.

During the World Cup qualifying group stage, the Super Eagles were undefeated, picking up 13 points with 4 wins and 1 draw to finish on top of Group C. They haven’t lost a game since October, and before their shock last-16 departure from the AFCON, they were riding a 6-game unbeaten run.

Can’t Trust the Ghana Slump

Nigeria hasn’t defeated Ghana since a 1-0 victory back in 2006; however, their West African foes have produced countless lackluster results over the previous twelve months – giving Nigeria the best hope of success they’ve had in a long time.

Ghana has lost 3 and drawn 1 from their previous four outings. Otto Addo’s squad barely clinched this playoff qualifying position when they were forced to defeat South Africa or fail to progress to the next phase of World Cup qualification games.

The Black Stars may possess the historical trends in their favor, but this Nigeria squad has proven to be a difficult challenge in all areas of the pitch.

Final Thoughts | World Cup Qualification Betting Picks and Odds

The betting odds at the top-rated sportsbooks provide plus money on both teams, but the value on Nigeria makes the most sense.

Nigeria can avenge the negative trend in a meeting that unquestionably provides an even encounter. Given the recent form of Nigeria, back them with insurance to return home with a first-leg advantage.

Score Prediction: 0-2 (+1100) with Bet365

Soccer Pick: Nigeria draw no bet (-110) with Bet365

Soccer Pick: Nigeria to win either half ( +100) with Bet365