Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Predictor's Week 31

The Port Harcourt derby comes into swing this Sunday with champions, Dolphins playing hosts to old foes, Sharks. The derby in the recent seasons has lost its feisty quality but this game should produce some semblance of rivalry as both sides are in the top five of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) standings.

The other big game is in Aba while table-topping Enugu Rangers face ABS FC live on SuperSport 9 from 4pm local time (5pm CAT) this Sunday.

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Dolphins v Sharks (Liberation Stadium)
This season Sharks ran away 3-1 winners in the first clash. But in their last four visits to Dolphins they have drawn twice and lost twice including a 0-1 defeat in this same game last season.

There will be a whole lot of key battles in this game if it lives up to billing. Expect Dolphins to win this game.
Our prediction: 2-1

Enyimba v Sunshine Stars (Enyimba Sports Stadium)
Last season in this same game, the People's Elephant trampled on Sunshine Stars 4-0. But don't expect a high-scoring game this time though the Akure Gunners are yet to win in five trips to Aba since 2003.

Six-time champions have enough quality to put Sunshine Stars in their place in spite of missing Uche Kalu and Henry Uche.
Our prediction: 2-1

Kwara United v Heartland (Ilorin Township Stadium)
Heartland are still haunted by their failure to win on the road in three years. The last time Kwara United lost to Heartland in this game was in March 2008. In the first game this season, Brendan Ogbu's goal got Heartland all points in Owerri.

The Naze Millionaires will fancy taking points off Kwara United but it looks a Herculean task for the Cup holders despite having to play in Ilorin in the space of four days.
Our prediction: 2-1

3SC v Lobi Stars (Lekan Salami Stadium)
3SC had their five-game unbeaten run halted at Rising Stars in mid-week. The Ibadan-based team have looked solid in the past six matchdays and Lobi Stars should not pose too much of a problem.

Lobi have not won in their last five road games and even escaped defeat when they played hosts to 3SC in the first clash this term in Katsina-Ala. 3SC will have no excuse than to win this.
Our prediction: 2-0

Rising Stars v Niger Tornadoes (Oluyemi Kayode Stadium)
Struggling Rising Stars have another chance of taking three points for the second consecutive matchday. In the reverse game this season Niger Tornadoes won through Daniel Etor's goal.

The Stars will have to keep Sibi Gwar and Etor quiet if they must win this game. This game looks set up for a draw.
Our prediction: 1-1

Kano Pillars v Ocean Boys (Sani Abacha Stadium)
The odds are stacked against Ocean Boys in Kano where they have mustered just a draw in the top flight. In their last six games, Ocean Boys are yet to win and this does not look like a game in which they will avoid defeat.

Kano Pillars plundered four past Wikki Tourists in mid-week and another high-scoring win is in the offing for Baba Ganaru's men.
Our prediction: 3-0

Wikki Tourists v Warri Wolves (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium)
Wikki lost at Warri Wolves earlier in the season 1-2 and will be keen to end a five-game run of no wins. The Tourists have beaten Wolves thrice in their last four games in Bauchi.

Ladan Bosso's men are specialists in lone goal victories and it is expected that this game will end by an odd goal in favour of the hosts.
Our prediction: 1-0

Enugu Rangers v ABS FC (Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium; live on SS9)
Table-toppers, Rangers have lost three games on the bounce and are yet to score in 270 minutes of football. But in Enugu, they are almost invincible having score 32 goals.

In the first game, Chikeluba Ofoedu's goal was enough to win it for the Flying Antelopes and they should do the double on ABS in spite of the impressive form of striker Abdulrahman Bashir in front of goal. Bashir is on a high odds to score for ABS in this game.
Our prediction: 2-1

Gombe United v Jigawa Golden Stars (Pantami Stadium)
The Golden Stars are in a superb run of five games without a loss while Gombe United are on a losing streak of three games. The last time both sides met in this corresponding game in 2008 it ended 2-2.

Bernard Ogbe's team are capable of ending Jigawa Stars' run even with or without their leading scorer, Mustapha Babadidi, who has been out for more than two months.
Our prediction: 1-0

Kaduna United v Akwa United (Kaduna Township Stadium)
The Promise Keepers have lost their last five away games and did not score in all five. In 2009 when they last played in Kaduna they lost 0-1 to United.

Emma Bivan returned to Kaduna United from Taraba FC and has settled down well. The Crocodiles will take out their opponents from the south-south.
Our prediction: 2-1

*The Predictor grabbed SEVEN correct results including TWO actual scores from Matchday 24.

No comments:

Post a Comment