31-07-23 Daily Football Predictions: Ireland vs Nigeria

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Expectations are high for the Women’s World Cup match between Ireland and Nigeria, which will take place at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, on Monday, July 31. Nigeria leads Group B after two rounds of competition with four points, while Ireland has already been eliminated. This will be their first encounter in addition to being their final group match for both sides. Nigeria will progress to the round of 16 in the event of a draw.

Ireland vs Nigeria

Ireland’s inaugural campaign is over after losing both of its group matches. The tournament started with Australia, the co-hosts, defeating Vera Pauw’s team by a lone goal. They maintained their composure for the majority of the game, but a penalty in the 52nd minute broke them.

The Girls in Green seized the lead through Katie McCabe in the first four minutes of their second game versus Canada. However, they were unable to maintain their advantage and fell short 2-1, with one of the goals being an own-goal. With a global ranking of 22, Ireland entered the competition with just one victory, from 2023. They have already dropped five of the seven games they have played so far this season, scoring only three goals during that time.

Only the third time in their history, Nigeria is about to make it through to the World Cup knockout stages. To be certain of winning this game, the African nation will need to score at least one point. The team led by Randy Waldrum is tied with Canada on points with four but leads on goals scored. Nigeria, who have participated in all nine World Cups, drew 0-0 with Canada to open this competition. Despite controlling most of the match, Canada was unable to defeat Nigeria and even missed a penalty shot. Deborah Abiodun was benched in the end of the contest.

In their second match against Australia, the Super Falcons would do better. They overcame a 1-0 deficit to win the game 3-2. Nigeria is currently in excellent form and has gone five games without a loss.

Verdict

Nigeria had kept three clean sheets in its previous four games before giving up two goals to Australia, but Ireland might be in a position to score here. Nigeria should prevail, and that is our major wager because they are playing well and have much to play for.

However, Ireland scored against a tough Canadian team, and they would want to leave their imprint on their final tournament match. Even though Vera Pauw’s team has lost five of their previous six games, only two of those defeats have been by more than one goal. During that stretch, they faced tough competition like the USA twice, France once, and the Matildas twice.

As a result, a 2-1 victory for Nigeria seems like a plausible right-score prediction, and Uchenna Kanu, who had a terrific showing against Australia, is a candidate for a goal at any moment. Kanu made a brief cameo as a substitute against Canada but was given a start last time out and scored her team’s first goal, so support her to add another significant goal.

Tip: Nigeria to Win / Over 2.5 Goals

Nigeria to win – ❌

Over 2.5 Goals – ❌

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