Katsina United can move up the NPFL log with a victory during their trip to Abia Warriors this weekend.
The Changi Boys will test the might of the Ochendo Babes on Sunday, who have been imperious at home. They have every game they played this term in Umuahia.
The Changi Boys have been a tough team to beat this term, especially at home, but they will be far from their comfort zone.
They are 11th on the NPFL and have an even spread of wins, draws and losses.
Can Katsina United bring Abia Warriors' 100% home record to a halt this weekend? It is the million-dollar question.
Preview: Abia Warriors vs Katsina United
The Ochendo Babes have played six games this season – three at home and away.
The matchagainst Katsina United is their fourth home game this campaign, and they will want to make it count.
Abia Warriors have been poor on the road this term, losing all their matches and scoring only once – in the 2-1 away loss to Sunshine Stars.
They have a scoring problem, as shown in all the wins at home, where they won all 1-0.
A win against Katsina United will take them up to 12 points and a place in the top five.
Is this a penalty? #LetsTalk
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The Penalty was awarded to Sunshine Stars against Abia Warriors inside 90+5 minutes by center referee Sani Babayo from Gombe State.
— Abia Warriors FC (@AbiaWarriors) November 2, 2023
The Changi Boys have won, drawn and lost two matches each this season.
It makes them unpredictable and perhaps dangerous opponents.
Heartland found out the hard way as they let a one-goal lead slip at home to Katsina United.
Katsina United have also proved they are no pushovers and would fight to the end in any game.
They proved this with their come-from-behind 3-2 win over Sunshine Stars and their 1-0 loss to Plateau United.
Abia Warriors will underrate Katsina United to their peril.
Only Sunshine Stars have scored more than one goal against the Changi Boys in this campaign.
Abia Warriors vs Katsina United Probable Lineups
Johnson Mmecha, Chimezie Njoku, Arinze Nwangwu, Collins Nwoburuoke, Jimoh Gbadamosi, Meme Okike, Paschal Nwabueze, Samson Obi, Chdera Ugwunna, Ojonugwa Adejoh, Prince Okorie
Ibrahim Pius, Ozor Chinedu, Chidera Eza, Stephen Manyo, Chris Madaki, Mansoor Saleh, Michael Ibe, Azeez Falolu, Moses Effiong, Idoko Andrew, Bello Lukman
Johnson Mmecha, Chimezie Njoku, Arinze Nwangwu, Collins Nwoburuoke, Dehinde Ibrahim, Meme Okike, Paschal Nwabueze, Samson Obi, Sunday Megwo, Ojonugwa Adejoh, Prince Okorie
Ibrahim Pius, Adam Tukur, Usman Barau, Chris Madaki, Stephen Manyo, Lawrence Edwards, Mansoor Saleh, Azeez Falolu, Moses Effiong, Idoko Andrew, Lukman Bello
Abia Warriors vs Katsina United Head-to-Head
Abia Warriors have a formidable record at home this season. If the omens are to be followed, then that trend will continue.
Clashes between these two sides in the last three meetings in Umuahia have seen the Ochendo Babes triumphing twice and drawing once to Katsina United.
Unbeaten at home and will pose a massive threat to Katsina United.
The Changi Boys have only secured wins over the Abia Warriors in Katsina.
In March 2022, Katsina United secured their only away point to Abia Warriors. The tie ended 2-2, with all goals scored in the first half.
The other two encounters saw Abia Warriors with a 3-1 win in March 2021 and 2-0 in November 2019.
Predictions: Abia Warriors vs Katsina United
Prediction 1 – Under 2.5
Both sides are not high-scoring sides. They have not managed more than one goal per game. They rarely concede, with the maximum number of goals being two.
Katsina conceded twice in a 3-2 home win over Sunshine Stars, while the Ochendo Babes did so in a 2-1 away loss to the Owena Waves.
Prediction 2: Abia Warriors to win
Abia Warriors have won all their home games this term. They have shown a penchant for scoring once and locking up shop.
Katsina United have also conceded in all their road trips.
Prediction 3: Ochendo Babes to keep a clean sheet
The Ochendo Babes are yet to concede at home this season. The trend looks set to continue against a Katsina United side with only one goal on the road this term.
Abia Warriors must be wary of Michael Ibe and Bello Lukman.
On the road, defeat!!
Our match against Plateau United ended in a heartbreaking defeat, but the lads put in a strong performance despite not securing a point.
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— Katsina United (@katsinaunited) November 1, 2023
Where to watch Abia Warriors vs Katsina United live
Football fans in Nigeria will watch the live broadcast of the Abia Warriors vs Katsina United on the NPFL Live App.
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This article was most recently revised and updated 4 weeks ago