Friday, March 14, 2014

The Predictor runs rule on big derby

This Sunday will be massive in the Glo Premier League with two big games. But Aba will attract the biggest attention as two former champions go head-to-head in their 20th clash in the Premier League era.

The other big game is in Kano and will be live on SuperSport 9. But Match Day 2 will start early with a Friday game in Kaduna between Kaduna United and new boys, FC Taraba.

The game between El-Kanemi Warriors and Abia Warriors has been put on hold after the League Management Company (LMC) suspended all matches in Maiduguri.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Kaduna United v FC Taraba (Kaduna Township Stadium)

FC Taraba will head to Kaduna for their first away game in their debut season in the premier division after their opening day win over Nasarawa United. Bobby Abel, Abdulmalik Mohammed and Hussein Addaji are among FC Taraba's contingent.

I expect the Crocodiles to recover from their opening day loss at Abia Warriors. Ali Adamu, Iliya Jibo, Nura Abubakar and Siman Yusuf should help United to a win.

My prediction: 2-1

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sharks v Lobi Stars (Sharks Stadium)

It has been 11 years since Lobi Stars earned a point at Sharks in the Premier League era and they have not scored at the Sharks Stadium in their last three visits spanning four years.

The Blue Angels have scored against Lobi in all of their nine Premier League meetings in Port Harcourt. I don't think Lobi will end their poor run at Sharks this time.

My prediction: 1-0

Kano Pillars v Sunshine Stars (Sani Abacha Stadium; live on SS9)

Kano Pillars have enjoyed a superior spell whenever they play hosts to Sunshine Stars in the Premier League era. The Akure Gunners are yet to score in their last seven visits to Kano in the Premier League era.

It's the first game for the champions this season and I think they will shake off the disappointment of their early exit in the Caf Champions League to win this.

My prediction: 1-0

Nasarawa United v Akwa United (Lafia Township Stadium)

The last time Nasarawa United defeated Akwa United in a Premier League game was a 2-0 win in February 2009. The last two head-to-head meetings between both sides have ended in draws.

Nasarawa United began life without last season's leading scorer Victor Namo on a losing note. But their new coach, Mohammed Baba Ganaru, should guide them to their first win this Sunday.

My prediction: 2-0

Gombe United v Bayelsa United (Pantami Stadium)

Bayelsa United's last five visits to the Pantami have ended in losses and without a goal to show. Maurice Cooreman has strengthened his squad in the off-season and they showed they will be tougher this term though they lost their first game at Akwa United last weekend.

Under Richard Bubagha, Bayelsa United have put together a fine run in all competitions so far and I don't expect them to lose at Gombe United.

My prediction: 0-0

Crown FC v Heartland (Lekan Salami Stadium)

In 2011, Taofeek Morenikeji Akanbi's goal was enough for Crown FC to win this same fixture before they were relegated same year. But Heartland will be buoyed by the fact that they defeated Crown FC's city rivals, 3SC, at the same ground last season billed to host this game.

Crown FC were seconds away from leaving Katsina-Ala with a point before Stephen Eze popped up to break their hearts at the death. This time they will come up against Heartland who have impressive wingers in Jolly Osas and Bright Ejike capable of making things happen.

My prediction: 1-1

Enyimba v Enugu Rangers (Enyimba Stadium)

This is undoubtedly the biggest game of the match day. Some refer to it as the Oriental Derby, others call it the southeast derby. But whatever you decide to call this game, I expect an end-to-end stuff.

Both teams have met 19 times in the Premier League era and Enyimba have the edge have won 10 of these previous meetings while Rangers have won six. But Rangers have not won a point in Aba since November 2001. Coincidentally that was the last time they scored in Aba. For me, Rangers won't find joy in Aba this Sunday.

My prediction: 2-0

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