Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Predictor captures clash of champions

Two former champions will go head-to-head this Wednesday in the Glo Premier League. The Enyimba - Dolphins clash is my pick of this match day as both teams gradually make the climb up the league table.

The Enyimba versus Dolphins match is live in High Definition (SSHD3N) as well as on SuperSport 3, 9 and Select from 5pm CAT.

Nine other matches will also take place on Wednesday and Thursday in the Nigerian premier division.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Enyimba v Dolphins (Enyimba Stadium)
The People's Elephant are now on the rampage and have now won five home games on the trot without conceding. I think Dolphins backline will have to stay on their toes as Enyimba strikers, Abdulrahman Bashir and Mfon Udoh, are now in their elements while Sani Kaita has provided a solid screen for their back four.

Three-time champions Dolphins have been unpredictable for me. They've come up with strange results this season but I don't expect any surprises as Dolphins have not beaten Enyimba in the league since March 2011.

My prediction: 2-0

El-Kanemi Warriors v Giwa FC (Kano Pillars Stadium)
El-Kanemi are struggling for form lately while Giwa FC won their last game against Kaduna United in style. The Elephant, as Giwa FC are called, have found it tough in their last four away matches despite impressing in their home matches.

Kadiri Ikhana is now expected to take charge of managing Giwa FC starting with this match and will make a return to Kano but I just feel he will start his managerial career at Giwa on a losing note.

My prediction: 2-1

Lobi Stars v Bayelsa United (Emmanuel Atongo Stadium)
Bayelsa United have been the bogey team of Lobi in the top flight in the past six years. Lobi have been good at home dropping points once against Sunshine Stars and now they face one team they dread.

I really do see a close contest going down in Katsina-Ala despite the recent slump by Bayelsa United in form. I'm tipping them to regroup and claim a point at Lobi.

My prediction: 0-0

Heartland v Akwa United (Dan Anyiam Stadium)
The change in Heartland management have not brought about a change in results or change in their position on the league table as they remain holed in the bottom four. Since surrendering their recent unbeaten run, Heartland have not won a match and I'm sure Akwa United are ready to cash in on that.

Akwa United themselves only got back to winning ways and like Heartland have struggled to score goals. Despite the recent goalscoring form of Saibou Badarou and Nnamso Edo, which appears to have waned, I'm not expecting goals in this match.

My prediction: 0-0

Sharks v Abia Warriors (Sharks Stadium)
Table-topping Sharks are now showing that they are ready to go the full hog for a first-ever league title. But they'll face Abia Warriors, a team I prefer to call the 'Crazy Gang,' for what they've done at Enyimba, Bayelsa United and Heartland.

Warriors sure do have the playing personnel to hurt Sharks in the Garden City but I'm sure Gbenga Ogunbote's men are ready for this clash. I am expecting Sharks to edge this but Warriors will make them work their socks off for the points.

My prediction: 2-1

Gombe United v Warri Wolves (Pantami Stadium)
In the absence of Gombe United head coach, Maurice Cooreman, who has been ill, his assistant, Gideon David has done well so far. Haruna Babalo and Adamu Mohammed are scoring goals. Both strikers have a combined goals return of 14, which is more than 75% of Gombe United's total goals. I think should worry Paul Aigbogun and his Wolves.

I also think Aigbogun is yet to settle for a regular startlist as he has picked and chopped players considering he made six changes in the 1-1 draw with Sharks on Sunday. Gombe United might be on a run of four matches without a win going into this game, I'll stand by them to take the full points as they are now scoring goals.

My prediction: 3-1

Nasarawa United v Enugu Rangers (Lafia Township Stadium)
The Flying Antelopes are now flying in reverse. Results on the pitch aren't coming for them and off-the-pitch, the news have been unsavoury. Things appear to be falling apart fast for Rangers after the 3-3 draw at home to Gombe United and seriously I don't expect any kind of response from them when they face Nasarawa United.

As much as I fear Rangers could capitulate in Lafia, but will the Solid Miners take the chance to go on a scoring spree. Nasarawa United are not one of the high-scoring teams, with average of less than a goal per match. As unpleasant as this will sound to Rangers faithful, they might find themselves in the bottom four.

My prediction: 3-0

Crown FC v FC Taraba (Lekan Salami Stadium)
For the second game on the bounce Crown FC will come up against another newly-promoted team. At the weekend, they got hammered 3-0 at Abia Warriors and now they host FC Taraba.

FC Taraba's only point on the road this season in seven away matches, surprisingly for me, came in the 0-0 draw at Akwa United. Ex-Heartland striker, Tochukwu Esom, has been the man scoring the goals for FC Taraba lately and he's surely going to star in this game but Crown will win.

My prediction: 2-1

Nembe City v Kano Pillars (Krisdera Hotel Stadium)
I envisage bottom-placed Nembe City are going to be difficult opponents for the champions, Kano Pillars. Okey Emordi's team are on a six-game run without a loss including three unbeaten run on the road.

City have won three straight home matches with same scoreline of 1-0. But they will have to contain the duo of Rabiu Ali and Adamu Hassan who have scored three goals apiece in Pillars' last three league games and do have my doubt they can do that.

My prediction: 1-1

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kaduna United v Sunshine Stars (Kaduna Township Stadium)
If there's a team that need to start winning games, it is Kaduna United. They are second from bottom and have the highest number of losses which stands at eight this season. Sunshine Stars are the team they will play hosts to this Thursday and honestly I don't think they can get the full points.

No disrespect to Kaduna United but just may be their players aren't pulling their weight enough as only a few of them like Isah Aminu, Samuel Agba and Hassan Abubakar have proved to be shining lights on the pitch. I do fancy Sunshine Stars to take a point in this game if their head coach, Henry Abiodun sets up his playing personnel right.

My prediction: 1-1

•The Predictor got eight correct results including one perfect score on Match Day 15.

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