Nigeria vs Serbia: Team news, injuries, possible lineups


Nigeria will clash with Serbia in an international friendly in North London on Tuesday night as both teams look to gain momentum as the Russia 2018 World Cup preparations continue.

Nigeria will be looking to build on the 1-0 shock victory over Poland on Friday, which will be a huge confidence boost for the Super Eagles.

The impressive victory means that Nigeria has now won five out of their last six matches in all competitions.

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr is without full-back Shehu Abdullahi after he limped out with a hamstring injury against Poland.

Central defender, Leon Balogun also had a ‘slight knock’ against Poland.

Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, has been ruled out with a fractured right hand.

The Eagles will again be without skipper John Obi Mikel, who has not been able to sort out his work permit issues.

The three times African champions will battle Croatia, Iceland and Argetina in Group D of the World Cup in Russia.

Meanwhile, Serbia will hope to regain some pride after losing 2-1 to Morocco last week.

The result against Morocco was Serbia’s first friendly defeat since 2016.

Serbia will need to see a vast improvement before June as they have one of the tougher groups in the 2018 World Cup, consisting of Costa Rica, Switzerland and most worryingly, Brazil.

Serbia head coach, Mladen Krstajic may look to experiment after his side fell to Morocco last week, with the option to include Cardiff City midfielder, Marko Grujic a possibility to add more attacking capabilities into the midfield.

Nigeria potential starting XI(4-3-3):

GK: Ezenwa

Defense: Troost-Ekong (RB), Balogun (CB), Omeruo (CB), Echiejile (LB)

Midfield: Moses (RM), Ndidi (CM), Onazi (LM)

Attack: Okechukwu (RF), Musa (CF), Iwobi (LF)

Serbia potential starting XI (4-3-3):

GK: Dmitrovic

Defense: Basta(RB) , Maksimovic(CB), Savic(CB), Kolarov(LB)

Midfield: Tosic(RCM), Matic(CM), Ljajic(LCM)

Attack: Tadic(RWF), Mitrovic(ST), Kostic(LWF)

The kick off time for the match is 8:00pm


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