Benin vs Nigeria Prediction | FIFA World Cup, Qualification CAF, Round 4

  • Date and Time: June 10, 17:00 GMT+1
  • Venue: Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigni, Abidjan

Benin vs Nigeria Team Overview


Benin will play their second match after beating Rwanda in the World Cup qualifiers. The Cheetahs were a better side throughout the match and eventually sealed the game with a 1-0 victory. This win temporarily moved them to first place with four points in three matches.

Before the meeting against Rwanda, Benin had been winless in eight consecutive matches. Gernot Rohr’s side doesn’t have many quality players, with Steve Mounié of Brest being the most prominent footballer in the squad.

In general, Benin’s style of play resembles that of many African teams. They are slow to transition to the offense and rarely create many chances. However, their solid defensive performance helps them concede a low number of goals.


Nigeria, the runner-up of the latest AFCON edition, will be motivated to bounce back quickly. They were very close to clinching the trophy but ultimately lost against Ivory Coast. In the World Cup qualifiers, they only have two points from draws against Zimbabwe and Lesotho.

The Super Eagles are one of the most promising teams in Africa. Several footballers have had standout seasons during this campaign. Victor Boniface was a key player for Leverkusen, while Ademola Lookman significantly improved at Atalanta, scoring a hat-trick in the Europa League final.

However, inconsistency often hampers Nigeria’s progress. They frequently struggle to secure victories against weaker sides, which eventually costs them in the long run.

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Benin vs Nigeria Prediction

Nigeria is a far better side, and it is pivotal for them to win this match. In a group with much weaker sides, they are expected to take first place.

Head-to-head matches also speak in Nigeria’s favor. In eight matches, Nigeria won seven and lost only once – a formidable result. Furthermore, Rwanda are not a team known for their resilience, unlike the Super Eagles, who often dominate their opponents.

I think that it will be a tough game, but Nigeria will likely seize the initiative from the first minute. Their offense looks terrifying, with Alex Iwobi, Ademola Lookman, and Victor Boniface leading the charge. Expect a convincing victory from the guests.

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Benin vs Nigeria Prediction, Betting Tip

Most matches in Africa tend to be low-scoring, and the same can be expected for this match-up between Benin and Nigeria. In their eight meetings, only two have ended with three goals scored. I don’t think this one is going to be different, especially given Benin’s style of play.

One of Nigeria’s main problems in AFCON 2024 was squandering many promising chances. They often reached the penalty area but failed to convert opportunities into goals. While they are the heavy favorites to win this encounter, it does not seem likely they will score many goals.

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