Nigeria vs Ghana World Cup play-off preview: kick-off time, Head-to-head, predicted line-ups

After recording a goalless draw with Nigeria at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Friday, Ghana will look to seal qualification as they make the trip to Abuja on Tuesday.

The Black Stars delivered a good all-around performance but were lacking the finishing touch as they failed to grab a goal against the Super Eagles.

Nigeria on the other hand will aim to use their 60,000 capacity stadium to full advantage as they battle Otto Addo’s side.

They have the power in their hands as they prevented Ghana from scoring in the first leg. 

Kick-off time

The match will start at 15:00 GMT.

How the first leg panned out

Ghana started the game well and dominated for most parts of the first half but the final touch was lacking as both teams went into the break level.

The story was the same in the second half with Mohammed Kudus testing the goalkeeper with a fine effort.

Nigeria, however, will be reeling from a penalty given which was later reversed by VAR due to an initial foul on Baba Iddrisu. 

Both sides failed to find the net in 90 minutes and will hope to change that on Tuesday. 

Head-to-head

The two teams have battled on 57 occasions so far. Ghana has recorded 25 victories with 91 goals scored with Nigeria winning 12 and scoring 57. 

The Black Stars are currently on a five-game unbeaten run against Nigeria with the hopes of extending this in Cape Coast. 

Key players

The Black Stars will look up to Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey who will be expected to captain the team in the absence of Andre Ayew. 

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Partey made his national team debut in 2016 and the former Atletico Madrid man has gone on to score 12 goals in 39 matches. 

Nigeria will look to Victor Osimhen to deliver the killer blow on Tuesday due to his impeccable form at the club level this season. 

The Napoli man has netted 11 goals in 20 league appearances this campaign and will look to break the hearts of Ghanaians. 

Team News

Ghana will be boosted by the fitness of Afena Gyan who participated in the team’s recovery session on Saturday.

Augustine Eguavoen has a healthy number of players to call upon and will hope to give Ademola Lookman a chance to shine. 

Ghana predicted XI: Wollacott, Mensah, Djiku, Amartey, Odoi, Partey, Kyereh, Kudus, Paintsil, Gyan, Jordan

Nigeria predicted XI: Uzoho, Sanusi, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Aina, Aribo, Innocent, Chukweze, Iheanacho, Simon, Osimhen

Prediction

Ghana looked a well-drilled side on Friday and more of the same is expected on Tuesday. They will be expected to squeeze a 1-1 draw out of the Super Eagles to qualify for the World Cup.

By: Bill Eshun|3Sports|Ghana