Big Game Focus: Brazil v Nigeria


Brazil’s poor form in friendlies continued after they were held to a 1-1 draw with Senegal in their last match. On Sunday they meet another African giant, Nigeria in their second warm-up game in Singapore. Can they get their first win in four friendly games? Here’s the Big Game Focus. Bet on the game here. 

Brazil are winless in their last three friendly matches. Two draws and a loss in their last three games means they are yet to register a victory since their 3-1 win over Peru in the Copa America final. The Brazil and Nigeria senior teams have only met once with the Selecao claiming a 3-0 victory in Abuja in 2003.

The Super Eagles drew 2-2 in their last friendly match which was against Ukraine. Nigeria have won just one of their last eight friendly matches but claimed a memorable win over Brazil’s arch rivals Argentina last year. Can upset the Brazilians?

Betting preview

Since losing to Belgium in the 2018 World Cup quarter-final, Brazil have lost just once. In that span they’ve won 13 games. The Super Eagles have won one, lost three and drawn four of their last eight friendly matches. Cameroon are the only African side ever to have beaten Brazil, a 1-0 victory in the 2003 Confederations Cup. For that reason, you can back a Home Win at odds of 1.30. 

The Super Eagles have scored in eight of their last nine matches, winning five, drawing once and losing thrice. Brazil have not kept a clean sheet in their last four matches. Both teams have scored in four of Nigeria’s last five matches. You can back Both Teams to Score at odds of 2.15. 

Four of Nigeria’s last five matches have seen Over 2.5 Goals. Three of Brazil’s last five friendly matches have seen three or more goals scored. Therefore, you can back over 2.5 Goals at odds of 1.80. 

Team news

Brazil have no injury concerns after their friendly against Senegal.

Gernot Rohr could hand Peter Olayinka and Efosa Solomon-Otabor their debuts. Both men alongside Maduka Okoye could make their international bows in Singapore.

Possible line-ups

Brazil: Ederson, Alves, Marquinhos, Militao, Sandro, Fabinho, Arthur, Neymar, Richarlison, Jesus, Firmino

Nigeria: Uzoho, Ekong, Omeruo, Aina, Ndidi, Etebo, Simon, Iwobi, Chukwueze, Osimhen