Friday, March 05, 2010


Tornadoes v Gombe Utd
In the first meeting between the two sides on September 26, 2009 in Gombe, Niger Tornadoes then under Benue-born coach, Godwin Uwua, won by 2 – 1 against all odds in Week Two. Gombe United would be hoping that it can evoke the spirit of April 22, 2005 when it defeated Niger Tornadoes by a lone goal in Minna. But Ben Duamlong knows that this is a game it needs to get a result to avoid dropping back into the relegation zone, and Tornadoes’ marksman, Eugene Salami, is the man to watch in this encounter. Ladan Bosso’s side should nick this game.
Prediction: 1 – 0
April 22, 2005: Niger Tornadoes 0 – 1 Gombe United
Oct 1, 2005: Gombe United 2 – 0 Niger Tornadoes
May 5, 2006: Niger Tornadoes 2 – 0 Gombe United
July 15, 2006: Gombe United 2 – 0 Niger Tornadoes
Sept 23, 2007: Gombe United 1 – 0 Niger Tornadoes
March 12, 2008: Niger Tornadoes 2 – 0 Gombe United
Jan 3, 2008: Niger Tornadoes 2 – 0 Gombe United
June 6, 2009: Gombe United 2 – 0 Niger Tornadoes
Sept 26, 2009: Gombe United 1 – 2 Niger Tornadoes
Tornadoes: LWLWD
Gombe Utd: DWDLW

Gateway FC v Zamfara Utd
Basement side, Gateway Football Club, knows that this is a must-win game or else, the alarm bells would ring for its head coach, Loveday Omoruyi. The advantage is tilted to the side of the Rock City Boys, as Zamfara United has never won against it on the road since 2005. After that 1 – 2 loss to Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), the Abeokuta-based club would have to dig deep to pick a win in this game after two consecutive losses has left it at the foot of the Premier League log. But the side needs to be watch out for Zamfara United’s Gazali Mohammed, Kabiru Ibrahim, Andrew Uraya, Ibrahim Danlami and especially Austin Kadiri, who all combined to make sure that Gateway FC lost the first meeting in Gusau by one-nil.
Prediction: 1 – 0
May 17, 2005: Gateway FC 2 – 1 Zamfara United
Oct 22, 2005: Zamfara United 2 – 0 Gateway FC
Jan 18, 2009: Zamfara United 1 – 2 Gateway FC
May 6, 2009: Gateway FC 2 – 1 Zamfara United
Sept 27, 2009: Zamfara United 1 – 0 Gateway FC
Gateway FC: LWLLL
Zamfara Utd: WLWLW

Kano Pillars v Kwara Utd
This is the biggest game of the week between third and second placed sides in the Premier League log. Kwara United is just a point above its host, Kano Pillars, ahead of this tie and knows that it must get a result to stay in touch with leader, Enyimba. But first, Justin Tenger’s side must keep Ahmad Musa at bay just as the host would have a lot of work to do at its own end of the half by keeping the duo of Ukeyimah Akombo and Jaiyeola Yusuf quiet. On September 26, 2006 in the reverse fixture, Kano Pillars secured a point after a nil-nil outing at the Ilorin Township Stadium and Kwara United should be prepared to face a long and hot day in Kano on Saturday, as it is yet to pick points off the home side in five years.
Prediction: 2 – 0
May 6, 2005: Kano Pillars 2 – 1 Kwara United
Oct 14, 2005: Kwara United 1 – 0 Kano Pillars
May 26, 2006: Kwara United 2 – 1 Kano Pillars
Aug 8, 2006: Kano Pillars 2 – 0 Kwara United
Jan 9, 2008: Kwara United 1 – 0 Kano Pillars
April 26, 2008: Kano Pillars 2 – 0 Kwara United
Sept 27, 2009: Kwara United 0 – 0 Kano Pillars
Kano Pillars: DWLWD
Kwara Utd: WWWLW

Dolphin v 3SC
A clash between two newcomers in the top-flight division, and the reverse fixture ended 1 – 1 at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan. It is going to be a big trip for Mutiu Adepoju’s Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) since it is four points above the drop zone as at last weekend. Last season in the National Division I League, this game ended in a 1 – 1 draw at the Liberation Stadium Port Harcourt though 3SC claimed that it should have won it after one of its goals was cancelled. In its last three games, 3SC is yet to lose and this looks a difficult trip for the side, as Dolphin Football Club would hope to make good use of playing in front of its home crowd.
Prediction: 2 – 1
May 10, 2005: Shooting Stars 3 – 0 Dolphin
Oct 1, 2005: Dolphin 1 – 0 Shooting Stars
Sept 26, 2009: Shooting Stars 1 – 1 Dolphin
Dolphin: LWLWL

Ranch Bees v Rangers
The Flying Antelopes go into this game with a hefty punishment from the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) after altercation in last weekend’s game against Sunshine Stars at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu. Reverse fixture between both sides ended 0 – 2 in favour of Rangers. Damien Udeh and Fred Okwara have been pulling the strings for Rangers all season and would hope that the side bags all points here but Bees has an impressive home record of having not lost any game in 10. The best result Rangers can get in Kaduna would be a draw.
Prediction: 0 – 0
May 12, 2006: Ranchers Bees 1 – 0 Enugu Rangers
July 22, 2006: Enugu Rangers 1 – 1 Ranchers Bees
Sept 27, 2009: Enugu Rangers 2 – 0 Ranchers Bees
Ranch Bees: LWLWL
Rangers: LWDWD

Bayelsa Utd v Heartland
Last season’s champion and runner-up go head-to-head on Sunday but the glamour has been taken away from this game due to both sides’ indifferent performances this season. Heartland occupies eight spot and eight points off leader, Enyimba while the Nigerian champion is battling to survive. Both clubs are faced with financial troubles and Bayelsa United’s case is worse after it was bundled out of the CAF Champions League last weekend by lowly-rated FC Gazel of Chad. In the reverse fixture, Bayelsa United lost by 1 – 2 and the Naze Millionaires would be licking its lips and thinking that it can pick points off an off-coloured Nigerian champion side just like the Chadian club did last Sunday.
Prediction: 1 – 1
Nov 25, 2007: Bayelsa United 1 – 0 Heartland
March 30, 2008: Heartland 1 – 1 Bayelsa United
Nov 26, 2008: Heartland 2 – 0 Bayelsa United
April 12, 2009: Bayelsa United 2 – 0 Heartland
Sept 27, 2009: Heartland FC 2 – 1 Bayelsa United
Bayelsa Utd: LLLWD
Heartland: WLWLD

Wolves v Sharks
This is one game that remains in doubt following the indefinite suspension of Sharks Football Club by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) last week. But if the suspension on the Blue Angels is eventually lifted then the Port Harcourt side would be heading for its 11th defeat of the season. Wolves has lost just once at home this season and has moved into its state-of-the-art ground – the Warri City Stadium, and Sharks grabbed a rare win in Owerri away to Heartland under John Obuh. But with Wolves eyeing the title this season, it is going to be a hot Sunday afternoon for Obuh and his boys considering the form of Michael Okoyoh, Temile Omonigho, Ehiosun Ekigho and Richard Eromoigbe among others. This should be another three points at home for Wolves.
Prediction: 2 – 0
Feb 26, 2005: NPA 3 – 1 Sharks FC
Aug 5, 2005: Sharks FC 2 – 1 NPA
Nov 1, 2008: Sharks FC 3 – 1 Warri Wolves
March 14, 2009: Warri Wolves 1 – 0 Sharks FC
Sept 26, 2009: Sharks FC 0 – 0 Warri Wolves
Wolves: WLWWL
Sharks: WDLWL

Enyimba v Ocean Boys
In three previous visits to Aba since 2006, Ocean Boys has not picked any point off the Peoples Elephant. In those visits to the Enyimba Sports Stadium, Ocean Boys has failed to score and it would be difficult to point to where its goals would be coming from in this game. After beating Lobi Stars in Makurdi last week, Okey Emordi would hope that his men do not allow the chance of remaining at the summit of the Premier League to slip through their hands. In the first meeting, Enyimba got a point away from Ocean Boys in a 1 – 1 and should go ahead and grab all points in this game.
Prediction: 3 – 0
May 27, 2006: Enyimba 2 – 0 Ocean Boys
Aug 6, 2006: Ocean Boys 2 – 1 Enyimba
Oct 17, 2007: Enyimba 1 – 0 Ocean Boys
Feb 6, 2008: Ocean Boys 2 – 1 Enyimba
Sept 28, 2008: Enyimba 1 – 0 Ocean Boys
Feb 7, 2009: Ocean Boys 1 – 0 Enyimba
Sept 26, 2009: Ocean Boys 1 – 1 Enyimba
Enyimba: LWLDW
Ocean Boys: DLWLW

Sunshine Stars v Kaduna Utd
The team of Solomon Ogbeide has been one of the sides with physical attributes and has often spoiled the fun for some of the big sides like it did against Enugu Rangers last weekend in Enugu. The reverse game between the two sides ended 1 – 1 and Sunshine Stars looks good enough to win this game considering its fine form at home. Last season, the Stars won this fixture by 3 – 2.
Prediction: 2 – 0
Dec 14, 2008: Sunshine Stars 3 – 2 Kaduna United
April 26, 2009: Kaduna United 1 – 0 Sunshine Stars
Sept 28, 2009: Kaduna United 1 – 1 Sunshine Stars
Sunshine Stars: WLWDD
Kaduna Utd: DLWDW

Wikki v Lobi Stars
Last season troubled Lobi Stars got a point in this fixture in a game that ended goalless while the reverse fixture ended one-nil in favour of Lobi Stars. But the visiting side has been struggling lately and coupled with the suspension of Blessing Okardi, Son Hingir and two other players for assaulting a match official last weekend, the struggle continues for Lobi Stars. Wikki though has lost twice at home this season, its coach, Ifeanyi Onyedika, would rally his troop to grab this win to start the climb out of the drop zone. With the suspension of four players, Wikki would blame itself if it fails to deal with a troubled side in Lobi Stars.
Prediction: 2 – 1
May 28, 2005: Lobi Stars 1 – 0 Wikki Tourist
Nov 5, 2005: Wikki Tourist 1 – 0 Lobi Stars
Jan 6, 2008: Lobi Stars 5 – 0 Wikki Tourist
May 25, 2008: Wikki Tourist 1 – 0 Lobi Stars
Dec 17, 2008: Wikki Tourist 0 – 0 Lobi Stars
May 3, 2009: Lobi Stars 1 – 0 Wikki Tourist
Sept 27, 2009: Lobi Stars 1 – 0 Wikki Tourist
Wikki: WLLDL
Lobi Stars: LLWLL

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