This match offers a different proposition for both sides, with a win all but securing Nigeria a place in the last 16, while Guinea need points to keep their qualification chances alive.
Nigeria will face a different style of football against Guinea, who will be direct and try and utilise Naby Keita’s high pressing ability, which caused Madagascar a lot of problems in their opening match. Although Guinea are trying to improve their style of play, their group has dictated that direct football will give them the best chance of competing. Meanwhile, Nigeria will have to play differently and battle when they don’t have the ball. Also they will have a lot more possession than they did against Burundi.
Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo will be crucial against Guinea as he has the aerial presence to prevent Francois Kamano from causing too much damage. While Odion Ighalo will see this as an opportunity to push his claim for the golden boot.
Below is the head to head stats of the two teams.
02 Oct 1960 Nigeria v Guinea W 4-1 Nkrumah Cup
27 Jul 1963 Nigeria v Guinea D 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations
06 Oct 1963 Guinea v Nigeria L 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations
01 Dec 1971 Guinea v Nigeria L 3-0 International Friendly
30 Jan 1972 Nigeria v Guinea D 1-1 International Friendly
18 Jan 1973 Nigeria v Guinea W 2-0 African Games
09 Mar 1976 Guinea v Nigeria D 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations
12 Apr 1981 Guinea v Nigeria D 1-1 FIFA World Cup
25 Apr 1981 Nigeria v Guinea W 1-0 FIFA World Cup
09 Apr 1989 Guinea v Nigeria D 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations
22 Apr 1989 Nigeria v Guinea W 3-0 Africa Cup of Nations
16 Sep 1995 Guinea v Nigeria L 1-0 African Games
22 Sep 1995 Nigeria v Guinea D 1-1 African Games
05 Apr 1997 Nigeria v Guinea W 2-1 FIFA World Cup
17 Aug 1997 Guinea v Nigeria L 1-0 FIFA World Cup
10 Oct 2010 Guinea v Nigeria L 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations
08 Oct 2011 Nigeria v Guinea D 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations