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Germany vs Nigeria: Team news, likely lineups & predictions

Super Falcons By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 22/06/2019

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup's knockout stage kicks off on Saturday with the round of 16 as one of the favourites Germany take on Super Falcons Nigeria at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble, France for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Two-time World Cup champions made it through to the last 16 with an unblemished record as they defeated Spain, China and South Africa without conceding a goal to top Group B, while African Champions qualified for the round of 16 as the fourth best third-placed team in the group stage as they finished third in Group A with a crucial victory against South Korea in their second match, sandwiching defeats against Norway and France.

Team News 

Germany’s star midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan’s absence with a broken toe has seen the team switch effectively to a 4-4-2 formation to good effect in their last two matches and it is more than likely that they will stick with that plan against Nigeria.

Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerbyb will be forced into making one change to the team with defender Ngozi Ebere suspended due to her dismissal against France for a second yellow card in the foul that led to the match-winning penalty, while Rita Chikwelu will also sit out after accumulated bookings in the group stage.

Head to Head

Germany have won each of their previous five games against Nigeria but the last time both sides met was in 2011, the European won by a goal to nil.

Recen Form

Two-time World Champions won all their three group stage matches in the 8th edition of Women's World Cup in France, while Super Falcons won one lost two from the same number games and failed to score in two of their group matches and have not scored in 11 of their last 15 World Cup matches

Germany possible starting lineup: Almuth Schult, Verena Schweers, Marina Hegering, Sara Doorsoun, Giulia Gwinn, Sara Daebritz, Lina Magull, Melanie Leupolz, Svenja Huth, Klara Buehl, Alexandra Popp

Nigeria possible starting lineup: Chiamaka Nnadozie, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Ohale Osinachi, Onome Ebi, Chidinma Okeke, Halimatu Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Chinaza Uchendu, Francisca Ordega, Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie

Prediction:
Germany 2-0 Nigeria
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