Nigeria will be heavy favourites against an untested Iran side, but with many of their opponents playing their club football in Iran, there is something of the unknown about their opponents who could spring a few surprises.
Ogenyi Onazi and John Mikel Obi comprise a solid-looking midfield for Nigeria, while Emmanuel Emenike is given the nod to start up front. Victor Moses and Ahmed Musa are on the flanks, with Ramon Azeez in behind.
iran meanwhile hand a start to goalkeeper Alireza Haghihi, with Reza Ghoochannejad leading the line up front. Veteran Javad Nekounam captains the side in midfield.
Iran starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Alireza Haghighi, Khosro Heydari, Ehsan Hajsafi, Jalal Hosseini, Mehrdad Pooladi, Amir Hossein Sadeghi, Javad Nekounam, Andranik Timotian, Pejman Montazeri, Reza Ghoochannejad, Ashkan Dejagah,
Nigeria starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Vincent Enyeama, Efe Ambrose, Juwon Oshaniwa, Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo, Ogenyi Onazi, John Mikel Obi, Ramon Azeez, Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike.