Sunday, September 08, 2013

The Predictor – Tricky contest in Lafia

For this matchday, I envisage Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table-toppers, Kano Pillars, will be in for a big test of their title credentials at Nasarawa United now under Kadiri Ikhana.

There will be nine other games across nine venues with Bayelsa United being the only club capable of toppling Kano Pillars should they surrender all points at Nasarawa United this Sunday. Here's the full preview for matchday 30:

Sunday, September 8, 2013
Nasarawa United v Kano Pillars (Lafia Township Stadium)
This is my game of the day. Basement boys, Nasarawa United play hosts to table-topping Kano Pillars. Interestingly Nasarawa United are yet to defeat Pillars in a top flight game since a 2-1 in March 2005.

This time, Nasarawa United are in with a fighting chance of earning a first win over the champions in eight years and I expect Victor Namo to spearhead that charge against his former team.

My prediction: 2-0

Sharks v Akwa United (Sharks Stadium)
Akwa United come into this contest on the back of a 4-0 thumping of Sunshine Stars last weekend. The last time Akwa United lost a league game to Sharks was in May 2009.

Gbenga Ogunbote will have creative midfielder, Christian Pyagbara back in his squad to face Akwa United after suspension. Akwa United will push for points but I'll go with the hosts shading this contest.

My prediction: 2-1

Sunshine Stars v 3SC (Akure Township Stadium)
The Akure Gunners have sold a number of their best players and are now struggling to eke out results. 3SC have equally been poor on the road losing all four of their last away games.

In the reverse tie, Gbolahan Salami's goal from the spot ensured 3SC won by a goal. For this game, I think the Oluyole Warriors are capable of taking a result away from Sunshine Stars.

My prediction: 0-0

Heartland v Bayelsa United (Dan Anyiam Stadium)
I'll tip Heartland to make it three straight wins after last weekend's away win at Wikki. Though Bayelsa United have gone three games unbeaten, I don't think they can hold off the quality that Heartland will put out this Sunday against them.

I expect Bright Ejike and Osas Okoro to be in the thick of Heartland's activities up front for what should be another win for the hosts.

My prediction: 2-0

Enugu Rangers v Wikki Tourists (Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium)
This is the 21st head-to-head clash between both teams since the Premier League era began in 2003. Rangers have the edge with 10 wins over Wikki's six.

Out of 10 visits to Enugu, the Tourists have won just once - a 2-1 win in June 2007. Rangers have gone on to win the last four of this instalments with identical scoreline of 1-0 and despite the fact that the hosts have struggled to churn out wins lately I'll hand them the full points but it won't be a walk in the park.

My prediction: 1-0

Enyimba v Lobi Stars (Enyimba Stadium)
Lobi's biggest problem will be breaking down Enyimba's backline in Aba. No club have been able to score against Enyimba at home and the Pride of Benue have not scored in Aba in their last three visits. So I wonder if they will be the team to end Enyimba's 1,260 minutes of clean sheet at home?

At the same time, Lobi will need to concern themselves with stopping Enyimba's attacking threat from the like of Bishop Onyeudo, Emeka Nwanna, Daniel Etor, Ifeanyi Ede and Michael Okoyoh if they feature.

My prediction: 2-0

Nembe City v Dolphins (Samson Siasia Stadium)
Goals from Fred Okwara and Isiaka Olawale gave Dolphins a 2-0 win in the reverse game in Port Harcourt. Nembe City have won their last five home matches without conceding a goal while Dolphins are yet to score in four away games on the bounce.

In City's last four home games, left-back Jonathan Zikiye has scored thrice and if he features he should be the man Dolphins should be wary of.

My prediction: 2-0

Warri Wolves v Gombe United (Warri City Stadium)
Gombe United have gone all season without a point on the road and have not scored in four consecutive away games. Wolves have won just once in their last six games.

In the last nine years this has always been a difficult trip for Gombe United and I don't think they will find any joy in Warri this year.

My prediction: 1-0

Kaduna United v Kwara United (Kaduna Township Stadium)
After two defeats on the road at Warri Wolves and El-Kanemi, the Crocodiles welcome Kwara United in this fixture. The first meeting between both teams this season ended 0-2 in Kwara United's favour.

Ndubuisi Ekwuruibe has been in tip-top form for Kaduna United in their last three home games, scoring four goals. I'm tipping Ekwuruibe to figure in this as Kaduna United will get the job done.

My prediction: 3-1

ABS v El-Kanemi Warriors (Kwara State Stadium)
ABS were ran over in the first game 1-4 and now struggle for survival. They start the matchday in 18th spot against one of the top-three teams.

El-Kanemi make the trip to Ilorin but will likely be without the striking duo of Rafael Boumsong and Ebube Okpokwu (both injured). It's not been the best of seasons for ABS but I know they will give their best to win this behind closed door contest.

My prediction: 1-0

•The Predictor came up with seven correct results including one perfect score on Matchday 29.

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