Nigeria has not enjoyed much success in the last few World Cups and faces an uphill climb getting out of Group F at Brazil 2014.
They did win the 2013 African Cup of Nations and they boast a solid attack. Still, while they have a good keeper in Vincent Enyeama, who plays in France Ligue 1, the defense is still a major issue.
Looking at the World Cup schedule, they have been drawn into a group with two solid offenses in Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina and a good defensive squad in Iran.
Nigeria Odds to win World Cup 2014: +2500
Nigeria Odds to win Group F: +900
Nigeria has the offense that scored in every single match in African World Cup qualifying, but can they keep other team from scoring this summer? They did have a few clean sheets in qualifying, but that was facing inferior teams.
While the offense is solid, which showed in the African Cup of Nations they only averaged 1.38 goals per match. Small wonder they are a 9-1 shot to emerge as the Group F winner.
In their last two World Cup friendly tune-ups they played to draws facing Italy and Mexico.
World Cup Prediction for Nigeria
Nigeria has a tall task advancing out of the group, as they should easily beat Iran, but their defensive issues will haunt them facing Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The teams in the group cannot take them for granted with a lead, as Nigeria scored around two/thirds of their goals in the last 15 minutes of the match in qualifying.
Still, even with taking three points from Iran Nigeria will lose to a stacked Argentina team and a talented Bosnia and Herzegovina and not advance to the round of 16.
How Nigeria got to the World Cup
Nigeria was the CAF Third Round Winners in Africa and then they beat Ethiopia on aggregate 4-1 in the playoff. They went unbeaten in the qualification process and won four of their last five matches including their last three.
Overall, Nigeria had seven wins and three draws. Kenya was their main challenger in their group and they beat them on the road and played to a draw with them at home.
World Cup Qualifying Results
11/10/09 Nigeria 1 - 0 Mozambique
14/11/09 Kenya 2 - 3 Nigeria
03/06/12 Nigeria 1 - 0 Namibia
09/06/12 Malawi 1 - 1 Nigeria
23/03/13 Nigeria 1 - 1 Kenya
05/06/13 Kenya 0 - 1 Nigeria
12/06/13 Namibia 1 - 1 Nigeria
07/09/13 Nigeria 2 - 0 Malawi
13/10/13 Ethiopia 1 - 2 Nigeria
16/11/13 Nigeria 2 - 0 Ethiopia
World Cup Group Play Schedule
16/06/14 Iran vs. Nigeria - Arena da Baixada
21/06/14 Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina - Arena Pantanal
25/06/14 Nigeria vs. Argentina - Estadio Beira-Rio
Team Key Players
John Obi Mikel MF Chelsea - Is an attacking midfielder that also has to play well on defense facing the strong attacks of Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Victor Moses FW Chelsea - he is only 22 years old, but has quickly established himself as a future star and leader of the squad up front.