Pick 2: Both Teams to Score - No (-165 DraftKings)

The African World Cup Qualifiers encounter between Nigeria and Benin promises a tight, defensive battle. Here's why a 0-0 draw or 1-0 win is a strong possibility:

Nigeria's Struggles in Front of Goal: Despite boasting talented attackers, Nigeria has been inconsistent in converting chances. They've drawn their last two qualifying matches, failing to find the net in either.

Benin's Defensive Solidity: While not scoring many goals themselves, Benin has surprised with their defensive resolve. They only conceded one goal in their last three matches, showcasing a newfound defensive organization.

Nigeria's Lack of Inspiration: The absence of key players like Victor Osimhen due to injury could hinder Nigeria's attacking creativity. This lack of inspiration in the final third might prevent them from breaking down a resolute Benin defense.

Low-Scoring History:  The last five meetings between these teams have seen an average of just 1.4 goals per game, with three of those matches ending in draws. This historical trend suggests another low-scoring affair could be on the cards.

Pressure on Nigeria:  Playing at home, Nigeria will be heavily favored to win. This pressure could lead to them being overly cautious and hesitant in attack, fearing a potential upset by Benin.

While both teams have the potential to score, the factors mentioned above all point towards a tight, cagey affair. Nigeria's struggles in front of goal, Benin's defensive improvement, Nigeria's potential lack of inspiration, historical trends, and the pressure of playing at home all suggest a frustrating 0-0 draw is a likely outcome.