We’re approaching the much-anticipated 2022 World Cup qualifying playoff between Ghana and Nigeria. Ghana will host the Super Eagles Friday, March 25th, at the country’s largest-capacity Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi. The return leg takes place in Abuja Tuesday, March 29th. If you want to bet on the African qualifiers, our sportsbook has you covered with a great range of betting markets and props.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Africa World Cup Qualifier odds for Ghana vs Nigeria. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Ghana: Disappointing AFCON
There’s no game bigger for both countries. Ghana has faced Nigeria more than any other country. It’s the 57th clash between the two teams in 71 years. It will also be the fifth time the two West African nations are playing one another in a World Cup qualifier.
Ghana was knocked out early in AFCON competition, losing to Morocco and Comoros and being held to a 1-1 draw by Gabon. They’ve sacked coach Milovan Rajevac after their shocking early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations, replacing him with former Borussia Dortmund defender Otto Addo. Chris Hughton is serving as technical advisor. Addo will take charge of the two-leg World Cup playoff against Nigeria.
Among the players included in the squad for this double-legged tie is defender Daniel Amartey, who plays for Leicester City in England, midfielder Iddrisu Baba (RCD Mallorca) and his Arsenal counterpart, Thomas Partey. Captain Andre Ayew is out, owing to the red card he received in the recently-concluded Africa Cup of Nations finals held in Cameroon. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew is hoping to lead the line. A depleted Ghana side should make you avoid them in your soccer picks and parlays.
Nigeria: Better Team on Paper
Nigeria had a better showing at the AFCON, though just when they had emerged as favorites to win the competition, their journey was cut short by Tunisia. Despite the country’s inability to get past the Round of 16 at AFCON, coach Augustine Eguavoen continues with the Super Eagles. However, the Nigeria Football Federation reconstructed the technical crew, with former Nigeria star and former U20 coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, brought in to immediately assist the coach.
Lorient midfielder Innocent Bonke has been announced as Wilfred Ndidi’s replacement in Nigeria’s squad with Leicester’s player out injured. Still, Nigeria is fully packed with a deep attacking line. Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, who missed the 2021 AFCON, should lead the attack, but the options are almost unlimited. Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze, Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Emmanuel Dennis (Watford) or Almeria’s rising star. Sadiq Umar. will definitely fight for spots among the starters. If you’re betting online, you should understand this kind of tie is happening over two legs, so we might have a cagey game in the opener.
Ghana vs Nigeria Head-to-Head
The last time the two teams faced one another was back in 2017 for the WAFU Cup of Nations, with both winning on the road. The most recent World Cup qualifying double-legged tie between these two teams was in 2002, when the Black Stars held the Super Eagles to a goalless draw in Accra, only to be thrashed, 3-0, in Port Harcourt.
While Ghana currently has more victories against the Super Eagles, Nigeria currently has the better squad on paper. The Black Stars had emerged as slight favorites due to their impressive run in the groups.
Ghana vs Nigeria Game Information
- Game: Ghana (4-1-1) vs. Nigeria (4-1-1)
- Location: Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, GH
- Day/Time: Friday, March 25th, 3:30 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: fubo.tv
Ghana vs Nigeria Betting Lines
|Ghana||pk -120||+180||2+115o||½-200o / ½+160u|
|Nigeria||pk -110||+190||2-145u||½-200o / ½+160u|
Ghana vs Nigeria Predictions
As we previously stated, this is a double-legged tie, so the two teams are not expected to enter this clash with all guns blazing. That’s why on the three-way moneyline, Ghana and Nigeria are priced at +180 and +190, respectively, according to the latest soccer odds. The African games tend to stay under in terms of goals, with more than 75% of the AFCON fixtures seeing a maximum of two goals scored. That’s why the goal-line is set at two, the under priced at -145
It’s very tough to call a winner, but never forget that in soccer, the draw is also an option. When you see the draw priced under +200 (in this case +175), it means that you should risk a bet on it because the chances are big. We also don’t expect more than two goals, but that offering has no value.