Current form: Nigeria vs France
Nigeria ended up losing to Norway in their group stage opener, but the Super Falcons rebounded on matchday two by beating South Korea to earn their first three points. As such, they are joint-tied on points with Norway, and could potentially leap-frog the Scandinavians if they are able to pull off a shock result against hosts France.
Obviously, that will be much easier said than done. Nigeria have less-than-fond memories of playing France, who handed them their joint-worst defeat only last year by thrashing them 8-0 in a friendly. However, Thomas Dennerby's ladies have been in excellent form since the start of 2019. Until their 3-0 loss to Norway, the Super Falcons had won their last seven games in a row, and as noted before, beat South Korea 2-0 to get back on track after their heavy defeat.
That being said, Les Bleues have been in stunning form, and kicked off their World Cup journey by cruising to a 4-0 victory over South Korea, and followed that up with a 2-1 result against fellow European side Norway. Corinne Diacre's side have lost just once in the current year - a 1-0 reversal against Germany - and come into this game having won their last seven consecutive matches. With the backing of the home crowd, coupled with their superior record against Nigeria, there is no doubt that France are the heavy favorites to win this match and make it nine points out of nine in Group A.
Match facts and stats: Nigeria vs France
- Nigeria have not only never beaten France...
- ...but also have never scored a goal against Les Bleues
- Nigeria's 8-0 loss to France is the joint-worst in their history. They also lost 8-0 to Norway (1995) and Germany (2010)
Team news: Nigeria vs France
Nigeria: No new injuries or suspensions.
France: Head coach Diacre could rotate her squad for this game, especially as France already have a spot pretty much secured in the round of 16.
Where to watch Nigeria vs France on June 17, 2019
In the USA, Nigeria vs France will be shown on NBC Sports Live Extra App, FOX Network, UNIVERSO NOW, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, and UNIVERSO.
Can't make it to the stadium? Fans in France can catch the game via Canal+ France, TF1, and TF1 Live.
SL2G, SuperSport 3 Africa, and SuperSport 3 Nigeria will show the game in Nigeria.
Live elsewhere? Here are your options to catch Nigeria vs France:
Nigeria vs France Broadcast Information
Stadium: Roazhon Park (Rennes)
Canada: RDS, TSN1, TSN GO, RDS GO, TSN4, TSN5
France: TF1, TF1 Live, Canal+ France
Germany: Sportschau Live
India: Sony LIV
Indonesia: beIN Sports 2 Indonesia, beIN Sports Connect Indonesia
Malaysia: Astro Go, Astro SuperSport 2
Netherlands: NPO 3
Nigeria: SL2G, SuperSport 3 Nigeria, SuperSport 3 Africa
Portugal: RTP Play
Turkey: TRT Spor Web TV, TRT Spor
United Kingdom: BBC Sport Live, BBC iPlayer, BBC Four
United States: UNIVERSO NOW, FOX Sports GO, NBC Sports Live Extra App, fuboTV, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, UNIVERSO, FOX Network