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Nigeria vs. Tanzania @Uyo International Stadium @4:30pm on Sep.3

Many believe the 0-0 result against the Taifa Stars last September is the main reason Nigeria would not qualify for Gabon 2017, not because of their 1-0 defeat to Egypt.

New manager, Gernot Rohr, therefore needs a good result against the Tanzanians to give himself some breathing space in developing his own team. Lose, and he faces the distinct prospect of getting sacked even before he has started his work.

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

Head to head

05/09/15 ACQ Tanzania 0 – 0 Nigeria

11/09/02 FRI Nigeria 2 – 0 Tanzania

20/12/80 WCQ Tanzania 0 – 2 Nigeria

06/12/80 WCQ Nigeria 1 – 1 Tanzania

08/03/80 ACQ Nigeria 3 – 1 Tanzania

Prediction: Nigeria 3-0 Tanzania

England vs. Slovakia @ Stadion Antona Malatinskeho @5pm on Sep.5

It is back to the drawing board for the Three Lions as the new manager, Sam Allardyce,sends out his first England team away to Slovakia – in what is a quick riposte from their duel at France 2016, which England won 2-1.

But there will not be a carnival atmosphere at the Stadion Antona Malatinskeho in Trnava on Sunday. Allardyce would not have prayed for such a difficult start but he would also know that a good win would silence his critics for some time.

Recent Form: Slovakia [L-D-W-L-D]; England [L-D-W-D-W]

Head to head

20/06/16 EUC Slovakia 0 – 0 England

28/03/09 FRI England 4 – 0 Slovakia

11/06/03 ECQ England 2 – 1 Slovakia

12/10/02 ECQ Slovakia 1 – 2 England

Prediction: Slovakia 1-1 England

Croatia v Turkey @ Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb @7:45pm on Sep.5

Croatia believe they missed a good chance to win at France 2016 as they were beaten by a below-par Portugal team in extra time and Portugal went on to beat France in the final. Starting from Saturday, coach Ante Cacic will be aiming to put that right against an opponent they normally struggle against.

The Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb would be a sea of red as Cacic begins the journey to fulfill the promise that this Croat side could win the 2018 World Cup. Turkey are rebuilding and will be without Arda Turan, who was not called up by Fatih Terim.

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

Head to head

12/06/16 EUC Turkey 0 – 1 Croatia

15/11/11 ECQ Croatia 0 – 0 Turkey

11/11/11 ECQ Turkey 0 – 3 Croatia

20/06/08 EUC Croatia 1 – 1 P Turkey

31/03/04 FRI Croatia 2 – 2 Turkey

Prediction: Croatia 2-1 Turkey

Tunisia vs. Liberia @6:30pm @Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet on Sep.4

Group A of the Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifiers is intriguingly poised with all three teams at the head of the table still able to qualify. Going into the last round of matches, Liberia lead the table because they beat Tunisia last September 1-0. Tunisia will qualify automatically with a win while third-placed Togo can qualify as best second placed team if they beat Djibouti on Sunday in Lome. But can Liberia hold off their more experienced African opponents and qualify for a second Nations Cup? This one is delicately poised.

Recent Form: Tunisia [W-D-W-L-W]; Liberia [D-W-W-L-L]

Head to head

05/09/15 ACO Liberia 1 – 0 Tunisia

Prediction: Tunisia 2-0 Liberia

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