4 matches to watch | Super Eagles set to break Zambia hoodoo

eagles-zambia

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers are on the cards this weekend with many matches to be played all around the world. Africa’s qualifiers kick off with Nigeria keen not to miss the World Cup, after going absent from two consecutive Nations Cup tournaments.

Zambia vs. Nigeria @Ndola Stadium @1:30pm on Oct. 9

The Eagles have never beaten the Chipolopolo in Zambia. In six encounters from 1973, the best the Eagles have got has been 0-0 results in 1978 and 1997 in Nations Cup qualifiers. The two countries are also under new management: Gernot Rohr for Nigeria and Wedson Nyirenda, who will be making his debut as Zambia’s coach. Both countries missed out on the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament so the two teams would be doubly fired up to make it to Russia.

Recent Form: Zambia [D-L-W-L-L]; Nigeria [W-W-W-L-D]

All-time Head to head

28 Oct 1973 ACN Zambia 5 – 1 Nigeria
11 Nov 1973 AG Nigeria 3 – 2 Zambia
10 Mar 1978 ACN Zambia 0 – 0 Nigeria
28 Jul 1981 FRI Zambia 3 – 0 Nigeria
13 Mar 1982 ACN Nigeria 0 – 3 Zambia
10 Aug 1985 ACN Nigeria 0 – 0 Zambia
18 Aug 1985 ACN Zambia 1 – 0 Nigeria
12 Mar 1990 ACN Nigeria 2 – 0 Zambia
10 Apr 1994 ACN Nigeria 2 – 1 Zambia
15 Dec 1997 FRI Zambia 2 – 0 Nigeria
17 Dec 1997 FRI Zambia 0 – 0 Nigeria
13 Jan 2001 CAN Nigeria 1 – 0 Zambia
24 Mar 2001 CAN Zambia 1 – 1 Nigeria
25 Jan 2010 CAN Zambia 0 – 0 Nigeria
15 Nov 2011 FRI Nigeria 2 – 0 Zambia
25 Jan 2013 CAN Zambia 1 – 1 Nigeria
13 Jan 2001 CAN Nigeria 1 – 0 Zambia
24 Mar 2001 CAN Zambia 1 – 1 Nigeria
25 Jan 2010 CAN Zambia 0 – 0 Nigeria
15 Nov 2011 FRI Nigeria 2 – 0 Zambia
25 Jan 2013 CAN Zambia 1 – 1 Nigeria

Prediction: Zambia 0-1 Nigeria

Algeria vs. Cameroon @Mustapha Tchaker Stadium @8:30pm on Oct. 9

This is another match in Group B that has bearings on Nigeria’s qualification for Russia 2018. The Algerians are the No.1 ranked team in Africa while the Cameroon have been to the World Cup six times, so in qualification for the Mundial, the Lions can never be ruled out.

Recent Form: Algeria [W-W-D-W-W]; Cameroon [W-W-W-L-D]

Head to head

15 Feb 1991 AFO Cameroon 0 – 0 Algeria
28 Nov 1995 FRI Algeria 4 – 0 Cameroon
15 Feb 1998 ACN Cameroon 2 – 1 Algeria
06 Feb 2000 CAN Cameroon 2 – 1 Algeria
25 Jan 2004 ACN Algeria 1 – 1 Cameroon

Prediction: Algeria 2-1 Cameroon

Netherlands vs. France @Amsterdam Arena @7:45pm 0n Oct. 10

Netherlands need to recoup and fast but it would not be easy against a French side that was just a finger away from lifting the European Cup. The Dutch thus have it all to do and a loss could just spell the end of Danny Blind’s career as the Oranje coach. After missing out on France 2016, the Dutch would be doing all they can to be in Russia, while France is one of the top seeded teams starting the qualifiers and should be confident of making it through. Both had 4-1 wins on Friday so would be really buoyed for this match-up.

Recent Form: Netherlands [W-D-L-W-W-D]; France [W-D-W-L-W-W]

Head to head

25/03/16 FRI Netherlands 2 – 3 France
05/03/14 FRI France 2 – 0 Netherlands
13/06/08 EUC Netherlands 4 – 1 France
31/03/04 FRI Netherlands 0 – 0 France
21/06/00 EUC France 2 – 3 Netherlands

Prediction: Netherlands 1-2 France

Iceland vs. Turkey @ Laugardalsvollur Reykjavik @6:45pm on Oct. 9

Iceland, on the back of very commendable performances at France 2016, performed a little miracle last Thursday when they beat Finland 3-2 as their equalizer and winning goals were scored in added time.

Iceland have not scored against Turkey in the last four matches and the Turks were also fighting in their first qualifier, at home to Ukraine. They also had to come back from being two goals down to draw 2-2. This scenario portends a battle at the Laugardalsvollur Stadium in Reykjavik on Sunday.

Recent Form: Iceland [W-D-L-W-W]; Turkey [D-D-D-W-L]

Head to head

Tue     13/10/15     ECQ    Turkey          1 – 0   Iceland

Tue     09/09/14     ECQ    Iceland          3 – 0   Turkey

Wed    11/10/95     ECQ    Iceland          0 – 0   Turkey

Wed    12/10/94     ECQ    Turkey          5 – 0   Iceland

Tue     16/07/91     FRI     Iceland          5 – 1   Turkey

Prediction: Iceland 2-1 Turkey


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD:Discover!!New Solution Helps Men Get Bigger Penis size!!To 7inch without Side Effect and Last 25minutes in bed During Sex Click Here To Read...


TEXT AD:WARNING TO MEN: These 3 Foods are Killing Your Erection. Click Here to Know Them...


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.