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Numbers that should worry Bafana

Bafana Bafana will have a big task to collect three points against a Nigerian side currently on a high in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

After losing their opening Group E match to Bafana in Uyo last year, Nigeria have bounced back in fine style and are top of the standings, and favourites to qualify as winners of the pool.

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As the three-time AFCON winners prepare to take on Bafana at FNB Stadium on Saturday (15h00), KickOff.com looks at the numbers which should have Stuart Baxter and his players worried.

10 – Nigeria have scored 10 goals in four group matches, showing just how ruthless they can be if they are given freedom to do as they please. They are the second highest scoring team in the qualifiers behind Egypt, who have bagged 12 goals in Group J.

6 – Six of the 10 goals the Super Eagles have netted in the group were scored away from home. The Super Eagles were 3-0 winners against Seychelles in Vitoria two months ago and they had to dig deep to record a 3-2 victory over Libya in Sfax last month.   

5 – The Super Eagles are lethal both in the first half and the second. They’ve scored five goals in the first and as many in the second period.

4 – Nigeria have proven to be very dangerous early in the game. They’ve scored four goals in the first 20 minutes of matches, which means Bafana need to be switched on from the word go.

4 – Nigeria have proven to be very dangerous early in the game. They’ve scored four goals in the first 20 minutes of matches, which means Bafana need to be switched on from the word go.

3 – The West Africans are in red-hot form at the moment, winning three matches in a row. 

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