Australia Women and Nigeria Women will continue their 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign at the Suncorp Stadium on Thursday. Ireland’s World Cup opener was won against Australia 1-0, and they now have to deal with Nigeria. The Super Falcons’ 0-0 draw with a tough Canada team in their own tournament opener will provide them a solid foundation on which to build if they want to go to the knockout rounds, they believe.
Australia vs Nigeria
hosts of the competition Last week, Australia defeated the Republic of Ireland 1-0 to win their tournament opener. The Matildas earned all three points thanks to Stephanie Carley’s penalty in the 52nd minute. In contrast, Nigeria earned a valuable point in a scoreless draw with Olympic champions Canada. Chiamaka Nnadozie, the goalie for the Super Falcons, stole the show with an incredible save to keep Christine Sinclair, the captain of Canada, off the scoresheet.
Australia chose to conceal Kerr’s injury for two days, announcing it only when the team rosters were made public. However, head coach Tony Gustavsson insisted that his team is not a one-woman operation, citing a recent 1-0 friendly victory over France in which both Kerr and Caitlin Foord were substituted.
Australia had three victories to one defeat in their previous three games to show their efforts. They defeated England with ease, 0-2 before defeating France and Ireland, both by a score of 1-0. With nine victories in their previous 10 international matches across all competitions and only one loss, Australia has been quite frightening.
Nigeria is now in third place in Group B after the draw, with one point, while Australia is in first place overall with three points.
Nigeria surprised everyone by earning a point against Canada thanks to their staunch defense and Nnadozie’s amazing goaltending, which prevented them from defeating the seventh-ranked team in the world. The team led by Randy Waldrum will try to build on that success to achieve a second victory in a contest in which they are the underdogs. As the Matildas have a boisterous following, Australia could pose a greater challenge. Though Same Kerr, their talismanic captain, has been ruled out of the group stage with a calf injury, their danger has been greatly diminished by his absence.
When these two teams faced off in the 2015 World Cup, Australia easily defeated them, but this time around, a more developed and well-rounded Nigerian team may present more of a challenge.
The Matildas are the clear favorites to win this game, and they should have the talent to do it, but under 2.5 goals seems like a good bet in the goals markets. The co-hosts have only scored four goals in their last four games, with fewer than three goals being scored in each of those contests. In their last four games, Nigeria has kept three clean sheets, and in their last 21 games, they have only allowed more than two goals once.
With three clean sheets in their previous four games, Nigeria has recently displayed some defensive grit. In their last 21 games, they have only given up more than twice overall, conceding 20 goals in that span.
Having said that, we anticipate Australia to earn a slim victory.
Tip: Australia to Win / Under 2.5 Goals
Australia to Win – ❌
Under 2.5 Goals – ❌
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