The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on the Nároďák of Czech Republic at the Rudolf-Tonn-Stadion, Schwechat in Austria on Wednesday afternoon just four days after narrowly losing 2-1 to the Three Lions of England at Wembley.
The Super Eagles have struggled a bit in their recent friendlies ahead of the World Cup and they’ve earned just one win in four outings, the last victory recorded by the Super Eagles dates back to March and it was a 1-0 win over Poland in Wroclaw.
Gernot Rohr and his charges will file out against the Czech Republic at the Rudolf-Tonn-Stadion hoping to end a three-match winless streak and get a morale-boosting victory so that they can head to the World Cup starting later this month on a high.
The Super Eagles looked very open in the first 45 minutes against England and really ought to have been three or four down before the referee blew the half-time whistle. Gernot Rohr must fix all the lapses noticed in the team, they can not afford to have such kind of display at the World Cup, otherwise, it will spell disaster.
The Nároďák of Czech Republic were thrashed 4-0 by the rampaging Socceroos of Australia in their last friendly match, the Czech team were shambolic in defence and the Aussies took full advantage of the situation. Karel Jarolím and his men must get their acts together to put up an improved performance in defence against a Nigerian side that appears to be more deadly in attack than Australia.
Nigeria hasn’t done too badly of late when it comes to finding the back of the net. The three-time African Champion come into this match having scored at least once in three of their last four, while they’ve scored in eight of their last ten on the road.
In the second half of the match against England, the Gernot Rohr led team showed a bit of what they are capable of when they decide to play. The team has some useful attacking players at his disposal, players who can turn around a match with minimal goal scoring opportunities.
The Czech Republic vs Nigeria: Head-to-head
- This will be only the second head-to-head clash between both sides.
- The Czech Republic bagged a 2-1 win back in 1996, now looking to build on the success of a new generation.
- Nigeria does seem to be in better shape at this point, despite both struggling to build on consistency lately.
The Czech Republic vs Nigeria: Stats
- Both teams have scored in six of Czech Republic’s last ten international friendlies.
- The Czech Republic have kept a clean sheet in just two of their last ten away fixtures.
- Nigeria has kept a clean sheet in just two of their last ten matches away from the comforts of home.
- Nigeria and the Czech Republic have kept a clean sheet in just two of their last ten matches combined.
Nigeria Team News
Having started on the bench last time out, both Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho should start this match for Nigeria, while the same can be said for Oghenekaro Etebo. Wilfred Ndidi may also be involved having missed out against England.
Czech Republic Team News
After their shocking defeat last time out, Czech Republic could field a changed XI on Wednesday. The likes of Jakub Jankto, Tomas Horava and Tomas Soucek could feature from the start.
Czech Republic Possible Lineup
Nigeria Possible Lineup
The Super Eagles of Nigeria should have the upper hand in this match and should be able to end their three-match winless streak as an added motivation going to the World Cup.
On paper, the Nigerian team has better players than the current Czech team. The Super Eagles have more attacking threat in the form of Iheanacho, Moses and Iwobi, and with plenty of options to choose from on the bench too, including Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo.
The Nároďák of Czech Republic has looked shaky in recent times, and unless they change their style of play dramatically in this tie, they will surely be looking at another defeat. Our prediction is a 2-0 victory for Nigeria.
Time And TV Station
The Nároďák of Czech Republic and the Super Eagles of Nigeria international friendly match will take place at the Rudolf-Tonn-Stadion, Schwechat in Austria on Wednesday afternoon, June 6 and Kick off time is 2:00 pm, the match will be shown live on DStv SuperSport 3 and GOtv SuperSport 2. It might also be shown on terrestrial TV like the NTA.