Thursday, June 05, 2014

Top-of-the-table clash tickles The Predictor

There is no bigger game for me this Wednesday in the Glo Premier League than the top-of-the-table clash between title holders, Kano Pillars and table-toppers, Sharks.
The big game in Kano is also one of the matches slated as a double-header.

This Wednesday, Abia Warriors versus Akwa United is live on SuperSport 9 from 5pm CAT (4pm Nigerian time).

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

El-Kanemi Warriors v Kaduna United (Kano Pillars Stadium; 2pm)
This is the early kick-off of the day and also the first game of the double-header in Kano. It is interesting that both teams lost their away games at the weekend and I fancy El-Kanemi winning this as they are favourites from the word go.

I'm yet to come to terms with how Kaduna United intend to climb out of the bottom with a poor record on the road. The Crocodiles are yet to win a point or score a goal in eight away matches.

My prediction: 2-0

Kano Pillars v Sharks (Kano Pillars Stadium; 4pm)
This is my big game of the match day. Champions and third-placed, Kano Pillars, play hosts to table-topping Sharks in a top-of-the-table clash. I still think the Blue Angels will not recover in time after losing their 10-match unbeaten run at FC Taraba.

Kano Pillars have gradually upped their form and defeating rivals, Enyimba, to extend their unbeaten run to eight. I don't think Sharks will put a dent on the Kano club's home invincibility especially as their key striker, Gambo Mohammed is now fully recovered.

My prediction: 2-1

Sunshine Stars v Heartland (Akure Stadium)
I have seen Sunshine Stars play on a number of occasions and they've not been convincing at home and I feel Heartland can cause them lots of trouble with wingers, Prince Aggrey and Jolly Osas considering what they did in their 4-3 win at Bayelsa United.

Sunshine Stars have scraped to two succesive home wins but I'm not expecting them to run over Heartland who have always caused them problems until recently. It is going to be a tight contest but the Akure club will edge this.

My prediction: 1-0

Abia Warriors v Akwa United (Umuahia Township Stadium)
This will be first-ever meeting between the two clubs in the Glo Premier League and I'm expecting Akwa United to experience a dose of how the 'Crazy Gang' press high against the big clubs.

I think Akwa United star man, Nnamso Edo, has been slowed down after he suffered a knock and now the rest of Patrick Udoh's men need to lift their game and not over-rely on their talisman. But if they do in this game then I expect Abia Warriors to make them pay.

My prediction: 3-1

Nembe City v Nasarawa United (Krisdera Hotel Stadium)
City continue to occupy the bottom spot after being walked over at Giwa FC. They are now six points off safety and will play hosts to second-placed Nasarawa United in a game they need to win to keep alive their hopes of a great escape.

The Solid Miners also need to avoid defeat as they have Kano Pillars and Enyimba on their tail in the log. I do feel Nasarawa United will get a result at City this midweek as the Nembe club have struggled in recent days.

My prediction: 0-1

Dolphins v FC Taraba (Liberation Stadium)
Ifeanyi Egwim is beginning to show that he can be the main man upfront for Dolphins and I am not surprised about that. FC Taraba have conquered one of the Port Harcourt clubs, Sharks, but I think this time Dolphins will be hot for them to handle.

But I must say Dolphins need to brace for some defending from FC Taraba who are known for setting up very deep in their own half with an eye for counter-attacking play. However, Dolphins with the like of Egwim, Emem Eduok, Tijani Adamu and co should unlock them.

My prediction: 3-0

Enugu Rangers v Lobi Stars (Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium)
In the past two home games, Osaguona Ighodaro, has shouldered the goalscoring responsibility for Rangers and I expect him to continue against Lobi. For me, Lobi just have not cut it on the road and I am not expecting much from them in an attacking sense.

I really do not need a crystal ball to call this game as Lobi Stars have lost all of their eight away matches this season and shipped in 16 goals. They also have scored less than a goal per game on the road. It is the day of the Flying Antelopes for me.

My prediction: 2-0

Giwa FC v Crown FC (Rwang Pam Stadium)
This is one match for me that looks like two teams with same strength as both newly-promoted clubs go head-to-head in Jos. Giwa FC have quite a strong personnel going into this game such as Charles Okoro, Henlong Charles, Chris Madaki, Nojeem Raji, Christian Madu, Shuaibu Ibrahim and goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo.

With Kadiri Ikhana in the dugout for Giwa FC, I'm sure Crown FC will know they are in for some game as they have struggled for form on the road scoring just once in eight away matches with a point to show for all their troubles. Crown's strikers, Bode Daniel and co will have to get proper supplies and be clinical too against Giwa who are yet to concede in their last three home games.

My prediction: 2-0

Warri Wolves v Bayelsa United (Warri City Stadium)
I find it surprising that Bayelsa United have lost three straight games considering that they have a decent squad. Now that they have resolved their financial issue before this trip to Warri, they might give Wolves a really push for the points.

I watched as Wolves clawed back from a goal down to defeat Nasarawa United thanks to good play from the like of Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, Oke Ogagatewho, Gbolahan Salami, Stanley Dimgba and Brendan Ogbu. But I dare say that should they allow Bayelsa United take the lead then they will have a Mount Everest to climb.

My prediction: 1-1

Enyimba v Gombe United (Enyimba Stadium)
I do not know how Gombe United can about producing a stunning result in this match as they have never won in Aba since 2003 when the Premier League era started. The Savannah Scorpions will have lots of work to do if they must breach Enyimba at the back as they have played 540 minutes of football in Aba without conceding.

Gombe United have two of the best strikers in the country in terms of goalscoring right now in Haruna Babalo and Adamu Mohammed. But I am not sure that will be enough to shock Enyimba in Aba.

My prediction: 2-0

•The Predictor got seven correct results including two exact scores for the previous match day.

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