3 predictions for Gombe United vs Bendel Insurance

3 predictions for Gombe United vs Bendel Insurance
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It is week four of the NPFL, with Gombe United vs Bendel Insurance on the cards. The league leaders are not ready to let go of the top of the table.

The Benin Arsenal have started the season with two wins from as many matches and hope their trip to Gombe will yield dividends.

The Savannah Scorpions host the Benin Arsenal in their second home game this season, and undoubtedly, the Pantami Stadium would be agog for the action.

Bendel Insurance recently crashed out of the Confederation Cup and is taking their domestic games with plenty of passion.

It is the first away match for Bendel Insurance this term. It is also challenging to decide if Gombe United can stop them from taking anything out of the game.

So, what do we expect from the Gombe United vs Bendel Insurance game?

Gombe United vs Bendel Insurance Possible Lineups

NPFL teams in action
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After two games in the NPFL, there are no signs that the Benin Arsenal are missing their top scorer from last season – Imade Osarenkhoe.

The man who left the club this summer left a void that his strike partner, Ismael Sarki, is yet to fill.

Sarki has not gotten into his flow and started from the bench against Plateau United.

The Gombe United vs Bendel Insurance tie is a chance for him to score his first goal of the season.

Gombe United have scored three goals this term from different scorers, but they are not doing much better than last season.

Mohammed Babaganaru will hinge his hopes on Chijioke Alaekwe, Ahmed Jimoh and Aliko Bala to deliver the goods for him.

Gombe United
Akor Itodo, Nurudeen Araromi, Monsuru Bashiru, Valentine Ejiga, Aguaza Daniel, Manga Jibrin, Dominic Abah, Emeka Isaac, Ahmed Jimoh, Aliko Bala, Chijioke Alaekwe

Bendel Insurance
Amos Obasogie, Stanley Okorom, Julius Emiloju, Benjamin Tanimu, Sunday Anyanwu, Tamara Ezekiel, Stephen Sodje, Haruna Abubakar, Paul Obata, Austine Ogunye, Ebohon Jude

Gombe United vs Bendel Insurance Predictions

gombe united vs bendel insurance
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Under 2.5

Gombe United have only failed to score in one game this season – in the 2-0 loss to Sporting Lagos.

Against Enyimba, they scored twice and hit the target first against Shooting Stars before losing 2-1.

They have shown they can score goals, and expect them to hit the target against the Benin Arsenal.

The Benin Arsenal have scored three goals without conceding. Only one of their goals is from open play. The others are a penalty and an own goal.

Both sides to score

The Gombe United vs Bendel Insurance tie will be a test for the Benin Arsenal. It is their first away game of the season, and coach Monday Odigie will hope his wards get on the score sheet.

They boast a mean defence that is yet to be breached. However, their results have come at the Ogbe Stadium in Benin.

The Benin Arsenal have always found a way to manufacture a goal. They should score against Gombe, but can they keep their strikers out?

A draw

Bendel Insurance has a resilience that is unmatched in the league. The Benin Arsenal maintained a positive record without any loss in any game in the regular season last term.

They won three away games and drew the remaining. The coach, Monday Odigie, has grilled the side into a compact unit.

Gombe United had a topsy-turvy season that saw them lose three home games last season.

The Gombe United vs Bendel Insurance tie has the trappings of a draw.

Prediction: It should end 1-1.

Gombe United vs Bendel Insurance Head-to-Head

Both sides have a measure of each other. The two encounters between the Savanah Scorpions and the Benin Arsenal last season ended 0-0.

Both sides are still looking for their first goal in this encounter.

Gombe United vs Bendel Insurance Head-to-Head

Date Home Score Away
NPFL 2023/04/30 Gombe United

0 – 0

Bendel Insurance
NPFL 2023/02/04 Bendel Insurance

0 – 0

Gombe United

This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter. Chooka has a passion for football and has been a fan of Enugu Rangers (over 30 years) and Real Madrid (Since 1996).