Super Eagles to line-up against Argentina in a five-man defence; Akpeyi, Mikel, Ogu start – Sources

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Gernot Rohr is set to try a new formation when the Super Eagles of Nigeria takes on Argentina in Krasnodar, Russia, later today.

Nigeria is certain to draw a Super Power following October’s FIFA World Ranking when the World Cup draw is held in December.

Itsagoal sources revealed that the Super Eagles will line up with three central defenders, which might see them play the now famous 3-5-2 formation against Argentina.

The flexible formation allows teams defend with 5-men when without the ball and transition is seamless and smooth.

Rohr experimented with the idea by playing the trio of Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaziem and William Troost-Ekong as centre backs while Ola Aina and Shehu Abdullahi auditioned as left and right wing back respectively.

Super Eagles training in Krasnodar ahead of Argentina friendly

Super Eagles training in Krasnodar ahead of Argentina friendly

The midfield was anchored by rave of the moment John Ogu alongside Wilfred Ndidi, with captain John Obi Mikel playing just behind the more advanced duo of Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho ‎in attack.

Same source has equally revealed that Chippa United goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi will start in goal today ahead of Deportivo La Coruna’s Francis Uzoho.

However, the youngster may get his chance later in the game.

Argentina confirmed earlier that Lionel Messi will be unavailable for this clash. The Barcelona forward returned to Spain following the win over Russia in Moscow.

However, the Super Eagles will still find enough test in Juventus hit-man Paulo Dybala and Man City star Sergio Aguero who recently became the Club’s all-time highest goalscorer.

Super Eagles Line-up:

Goalkeeper: Daniel Akpeyi;

Defenders: Shehu Abdullahi, Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaziem, Troost-Ekong, Ola Aina;

Midfielders: John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, John Mikel Obi;

Forwards: Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho

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