Nigeria will look to book their place in the knockout rounds of the Women’s World Cup 2023 when they face Ireland on Monday. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and live betting in the Women’s World Cup.
Ireland: Nothing to fight for
Ireland were one of eight teams to make their debut at the World Cup and have already been eliminated from the tournament, having lost their opening two games. The most recent came in a 2-1 defeat against Canada last week. They went ahead through Katie McCabe’s fourth-minute strike, while Megan Connolly scored an unfortunate own goal just before the break to draw the game level. Adriana Leon scored the match-winner 13 minutes into the second half.
Although their journey in Australia and New Zealand is coming to an end, Ireland will still be desperate to record their first-ever victory at a Women’s World Cup but they look deflated and we won’t include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
In general, their early elimination from this year’s World Cup is not surprising, considering that The Girls in Green came into the tournament with very poor form. Ireland are simply playing for pride but when you lack quality you have no expectations.
Nigeria: Attacking firepower
Nigeria are currently enjoying a dream tournament after producing impressive performances against Canada and Australia to collect four points from their opening two games. The Super Falcons demonstrated their defensive resilience to hold Canada to a goalless draw, before showcasing their attacking talent in Thursday’s meeting with Australia.
They will advance to the last-16 if they manage to avoid a defeat, while a loss would leave them relying on the result of the other game in the group between Canada and Australia. Sitting at 40th in the FIFA Women’s World rankings, Nigeria is the lowest-ranked national team in their group. Despite this, they showed character and fighting spirit, and now they rightly bear the epithet of one of the most pleasant surprises.
Nigeria have everything to play for, since by winning the last day of the group stage of the World Cup, they would secure the leading position and have an easier opponent in the knockout stage. If the Super Falcons have overcome their two toughest hurdles in the group, they should have enough to beat Ireland so if you’re betting online you should back them here.
There is no doubt that head coach Randy Waldrum will use the same starting lineup that has impressed in the World Cup campaign so far, picking up four of a potential six points from the opening two games.
Ireland vs Nigeria Head-to-Head
This will be the first meeting between the two sides. Nigeria have won four of the five World Cup games where they have scored the opening goal. Ireland have won just one of their seven games this calendar year, losing five in the process. Nigeria are seeking to qualify for the World Cup knockout rounds for the third time in their history. Ireland has scored just two goals in their last seven games. Nigeria had managed three clean sheets in four games prior to conceding two against Australia.
Ireland vs Nigeria Match Information
- Match: Ireland (0-0-2) vs Nigeria (1-1-0)
- Location: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
- Day/Time: Monday, July 31, 6 a.m. ET
- Ireland vs Nigeria Live Stream: fubo.tv
Ireland vs Nigeria Betting Lines
Ireland vs Nigeria Picks and Prediction
Nigeria enter this clash as slight favorites being priced at +125 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at 2½.
Nigeria have showcased their quality at both ends of the pitch in the opening two games, and with the squad full of confidence, we expect them to beat Ireland and book their place in the Women’s World Cup knockout rounds for just the third time in their history. Ireland will be looking to bow out on a high by registering their first points on the board. However, their lack of cutting edge in attack could prove costly against a resolute Nigeria defense.