Egypt require a point to advance to the next round of the Africa Cup of Nations, while Nigeria are looking to make it three wins in a row.
Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations action concludes Group D, with two heavyweights seemingly destined for the knockout phase.
Egypt have certainly not been without critics during this tournament, with Carlos Queiroz’s men putting in less-than-spectacular performances, but they remain on the verge of progression.
If they succeed, they will join Nigeria in the following round, since the Super Eagles have already won both of their opening two matches.
On Wednesday, the two AFCON football colossi are expected to prevail.
Nigeria vs Guinea-Bissau (8pm )
Given that Nigeria entered this tournament effectively under the tutelage of Augustine Eguavoen, the technical director of the Nigerian Football Federation, they had made a strong start.
They enter matchday three with a six-point lead after two games and the opportunity to win all three first-round games for the first time since 2006.
Nigeria will also be massive favorites.
Guinea-Bissau have never won an AFCON match in eight attempts, with only Benin (14), Mozambique (12), and Namibia (9) having played more tournament matches without winning a single match.
Their issue this time around has been an obvious wastefulness in front of goal, failing to score on 16 shots that convert to a total of 2.2 expected goals (xG) – if Guinea-Bissau remain goalless in this game, they will become the first team in AFCON history to go seven consecutive matches without scoring.
While Union Berlin striker Awoniyi is a relatively fresh face on the international stage, he has emerged as a significant danger for Nigeria.
His nine shots in the first two games were more than double those of any other Super Eagles player, while his 14 touches inside the opposition’s box also led the group.
Nonetheless, one goal from 2.4 xG suggests he could improve slightly.
Sudan vs Egypt (8pm )
A point will be sufficient for the Pharaohs to join Nigeria in the knockout stages, albeit their defeat to Eguavoen’s men means they can only hope for second place.
Egypt have played like a team reliant on Mohamed Salah throughout this tournament, with his goal against Guinea-Bissau last time out providing a boost to their campaign.
While a draw will suffice for them, only a victory against Sudan can satisfy fans’ aspirations.
Sudan’s xG total (1.25) and xGA (expected goals against) totals of 3.17 are the lowest in Group D, and Egypt will want to exploit Sudan’s lack of defensive solidity and offensive danger.
Sudan’s goalkeeper Achrine will undoubtedly need to be in inspired form if they are to defeat Egypt and advance to the knockout stages.