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Australia vs Nigeria Women’s World Cup 2023 predictions: tips, odds & starting line ups

By Andrew Francis

Published: 9:00, 27 July 2023

Australia and Nigeria do battle in the Women’s World Cup on Thursday morning, with both hoping for a place in the last 16 (11.00am Thursday UK time).

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Australia vs Nigeria odds

Australia Women vs Nigeria Women – Women’s World Cup

*Odds correct as of 16:00 on July 24

Australia come into this game knowing that another win would see them through to the last 16. A 1-0 win over Ireland was a hard fought victory, especially being played without playmaker, Sam Kerr, but the Matildas showed their grit in the win, allaying fears that they would struggle without the Chelsea forward. They are still one of the frontrunners to lift the trophy but, if rumours are to be believed, they could be without Kerr for the entire tournament, which would be a huge blow.

Nigeria got off to a decent start in their World Cup campaign, managing a 0-0 draw against a much-fancied Canada side. Having their two toughest matches first hasn’t been kind to the Super Falcons but they will be keen to pull off another shock here and head into their final group game, against Ireland, with a chance of making the last 16.

Australia vs Nigeria predictions

Australia vs Nigeria: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? No 3/5 with Parimatch
Correct score 2-0 24/5 with Bet UK
First Goalscorer Caitlin Foord 5/1 with Sky Bet

Odds correct at the time of writing. 18+ Only. Terms and Conditions Apply.

The stats behind our Australia vs Nigeria predictions:

  • Australia have won 10 of their last 11 games.
  • Australia have conceded just five goals in their last 11 games.
  • Australia have kept five clean sheets in their last seven games.
  • Nigeria have failed to score in four of their last seven games.
  • Caitlin Foord has scored a goal every 209 minutes, on average, this season.

Australia vs Nigeria goalscorer tip

Caitlin Foord to score first @ 5/1 with Sky Bet

Caitlin Foord has been tasked with leading the Australian line in the absence of Sam Kerr and she could profit against a Nigerian defence that has conceded against the likes of Haiti and Zambia in recent times. Foord has four shots against Ireland, the joint most in the side, and has found the net 10 times for Arsenal this season.

Australia vs Nigeria Bet-Builder tip

Australia to win, Under 3.5 Goals, BTTS – No & Australia to be winning at half time @ 3.31/1 with Betfair

Australia have been in a rich vein of form coming into the World Cup, winning 10 of their last 11 games, holding the lead at half time in seven of those. Despite this, goals haven’t been flowing for the side with all of their last five games seeing under 3.5 goals, with the Matildas keeping five clean sheets in their last seven. Nigeria are the definite outsiders here and have failed to find the net in four of their last seven games.

Australia vs Nigeria Starting Line Ups

Australia vs Nigeria Starting Line Ups

# Australia # Nigeria
18 Arnold (GK) 16 Nnadozie (GK)
21 Carpenter 22 Alozie
15 Hunt 3 Ohale
14 Kennedy 14 Demehin
7 Catley (c) 2 Plumptre
16 Raso 10 Ucheibe
19 Gorry 18 Ayinde
23 Cooney-Cross 12 Kanu
5 Vine 7 Oyedupe Payne
10 van Egmond 6 Onumonu
9 Foord 15 Ajibade


1 Williams (GK) 1 Oluehi (GK)
2 Nevin 4 Ogbonna
3 Luik 5 Ebi
4 Polinghorne 8 Oshoala
6 Wheeler 9 Oparanozie
8 Chidiac 11 Monday
11 Fowler 17 Ordega
12 Micah (GK) 19 Echegini
13 Yallop 20 Imuran
17 Simon 21 Okoronkwo
20 Kerr 23 Balogun (GK)
22 Grant

Australia vs Nigeria head-to-head record

  • 12 June 2015 – Australia 2-0 Nigeria – World Cup

These two sides have only met once previous, at the World Cup in 2015, with Australia running out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Kyah Simon, who is again in the squad.

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