Wednesday, March 14, 2012

NPL Week 14 preview

Port Harcourt will play host to the big match of Week 14 between Dolphins and Heartland. The game has the trappings to be explosive just as Enugu Rangers look set to remain top of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) log after another matchday.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Enugu Rangers v Ocean Boys (Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium)
Last season Rangers battered Ocean Boys 5-2 in this same game. One of the masterminds of that triumph, Ejike Uzoenyi is still in the team of the hosts. The Divine Warriors have never won a top flight game at Rangers with their last three visits all ending in defeats.

Ocean Boys have struggled to score goals on the road and have also conceded 12 on the road in seven games and picked just two draws. Okey Emordi's team are sure bets for the points.
Our prediction: 2-0

Kwara United v Niger Tornadoes (Old Parade Ground)
Tunde Sanni's team start life on a banishing note in Abuja against Tornadoes, who dropped points as hosts to Enugu Rangers at the weekend. This is the 15th clash between both teams in the Premier League in eight years and the hosts have won six against Tornadoes' five.

Tornadoes' Daniel Etor is the man to watch in this game, as Kwara United will drop points in this one.
Our prediction: 1-1

Wikki Tourists v Akwa United (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium)
The Tourists won their last two home games by same scoreline of 1-0. Akwa United have put in a modest display this term and Wikki should brace up for their physical and aerial threats.

Though The Promise Keepers got a point in this same game when they visited Bauchi in April 2009, it is difficult to deny Wikki taking the points in this match.
Our prediction: 1-0

Kano Pillars v Sharks (Sani Abacha Stadium)
Last season the Blue Angels were held to a 1-1 draw in this corresponding fixture. But Sharks have been inconsistent this term and Kano Pillars look good to take the points.

Striker Victor Namo won't take part in this game for Pillars who will likely parade an unchanged side in their 2-2 draw at ABS FC. Sharks' only fire-power this term has come from attacking winger Bright Ejike. But in Kano, they stand little chance this time.
Our prediction: 2-0

Dolphins v Heartland (Liberation Stadium)
Cup holders, Heartland lost at home over the weekend to rivals, Enyimba but go to Dolphins with a record of two losses in their last two visits.

Ifeanyi Egwim should be back for this game against Heartland. Osas Okoro still remain a doubt for Heartland as they face a difficult task of leaving the Liberation Stadium with a result.
Our prediction: 1-0

Kaduna United v Warri Wolves (Kaduna Township Stadium)
Maurice Cooreman, Jude Aneke and Victor Ezema all return to face their former team, Kaduna United. Wolves have lost in their last three trips to Kaduna including last season's 0-1 loss in this same game.

Kaduna United have not won in their last five games but caretaker coach, Dahiru Sadi will have a full-strength side to face Wolves. Cooreman's men will battle to earn a draw.
Our prediction: 1-1

Rising Stars v Sunshine Stars (Ado-Ekiti Township Stadium)
This is one of the city derby this season and the first-ever top flight game between both teams. But the game will hold in Ado-Ekiti away from both team's original home ground in Akure.

It is a city derby and a draw will not be out of place in spite of the huge talent in the Sunshine Stars' team.
Our prediction: 0-0

Gombe United v ABS FC (Pantami Stadium)
Last term three second goals ensured that Gombe United ran out victors in this corresponding game. ABS at the weekend were pushed by Kano Pillars but they still managed to squeeze a draw at home while Gombe United lost at Ocean Boys.

ABS' three-game unbeaten streak should come to a halt at the Pantami Stadium.
Our prediction: 2-0

Enyimba v Lobi Stars (Enyimba Sports Stadium)
Enyimba have failed to beat Lobi Stars in Aba just once in the last eight years and last season in this same fixture goals from Victor Barnabas, Phillip Auta and Elias Lalas got the Peoples Elephant the points.

The six-time champions head into this game with a glut of in-form players for coach Austin Eguavoen to choose from and it's tough to see how Lobi Stars will leave Aba with a point.
Our prediction: 2-0

Thursday, March 15, 2012
3SC v Jigawa Golden Stars (Obafemi Awolowo Stadium)
This is one of the mini-league battles for survival this term. 3SC have no excuse of dropping points in this game as they are just a point above the drop zone. Both teams have won just once in their last five games.

Taofeek Adepoju is suspended for this game while Osagona Ighodaro, Diran Oyelade and Samuel Olabisi are doubtful owing to injuries. Jigawa Stars make the trip with a full house that includes Bala Mohammed, Moses Ogaga and Chigozie Maurice but Festus Allen will psyche up his team for a home win.
Our prediction: 2-1

*The Predictor hit SEVEN out of the 10 games correctly including TWO actual results.

No comments:

Post a Comment