Our prediction for this match:
The National Stadium in Singapore will host Sunday’s friendly between Brazil and Nigeria, who face each other for the first time since 2003. Back then Brazil outplayed Nigeria 3-0 and the Selecao are once again seen as hot favourites to win the clash between the two teams. Tite’s troops suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to Peru in September, but it has to be noted that key player Neymar came as a substitute for Roberto Firmino in the 63rd minute of the match.
Neymar is likely to start against the Super Eagles and we predict that the PSG attacker is going to help Brazil emerge triumphant in the National Stadium showdown. Nigeria did remarkably well to win the bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but they face an uphill task in Sunday’s friendly against the star-studded Brazilians. A man to watch in the away team will be Everton winger Alex Iwobi.
Highlighted Player (Willian):
Willian is a Brazilian football player who was born on 9 August, 1988 in Ribeirao Pires. After playing for Corinthians in the 2006/2007 season, in 2007 he joined Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk. The pacey winger won four Ukrainian Premier League trophies with the Miners, while clinching the UEFA Cup title in 2009 as well.
During his spell with Shakhtar, Willian was on Chelsea’s radar and in 2013 the chiefs of the Premier League club agreed a deal to sign the Brazilian ace for a fee of £30 million. Willian won the Premier League trophy with Chelsea in the 2014/2015 season and the following season he was named Chelsea Player of the year.
The 30-year-old winger has 38 caps for Brazil and he has netted six goals for the national team. Speaking of his personal life, Willian is married to Vanessa Martins, who gave birth to their twin daughters Valentina and Manuella.
Highlighted Team (Nigeria):
Nigeria is an African national football team controlled by Nigeria Football Federation. The Super Eagles are well known for their green and white kits, but they played some descent football in the past as well. The Nigerians did well to qualify for six of last seven World Cup finals (as of 2018), with the team reaching the last six of the showpiece tournament three times.
Jay-Jay Okocha, Taribo West and Nwankwo Kanu are the most famous footballers that played for Nigeria. The Super Eagles played their first official match back in October 1949 while still a Brittish colony and it has to be noted that they were ranked 5th in the FIFA rankings in April 1994, which remains the highest FIFA ranking position ever achieved by a national team from Africa.
Speaking of the African Cup of Nations, Nigeria won the tournament on three occasions: 1980, 1994 and 2013, with the team finishing as runners-up in 1984, 1988, 1990 and 2000.