Akwa United vs Sporting Lagos lineups, 3 predictions – NPFL

Akwa United vs Sporting Lagos lineups, 3 predictions – NPFL
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All roads lead to Godswill Akpabio International Stadium for Akwa United vs Sporting Lagos NPFL round 2 clash. Kick-off time is 4 PM on Sunday, 8 October 2023.

Akwa United suffered a 5-3 away defeat to Bayelsa United in their last outing, where a Robert Mizo hattrick inspired the south coast side to a big victory. Oguntayo Seyi got a double for Akwa United in that game and coach Fatai and his men will now look to pick up their first win of the season at home.

Sporting Lagos, meanwhile, started their first season in the topflight with a 2-0 win over Gombe United last Monday, Rivio Ayemwenre and Clement Naantaum scored either side of the half as the newest side in the NPFL got their campaign on a good note.

Sporting Lagos players waving to their fans at the Onikan Stadium
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Akwa United vs Sporting Lagos probable lineups

This is how we think both teams will line up in this NPFL game:

Akwa United

Jean Efala; Samuel Ganda, David Philip, Ubong Essien, Wisdom Ndon; Oshomo Olalekan, Mubarak Said, Oguntayo Seyi, Hadi Mohammed; Salomon Chigoziem, Edidiong Ezekiel.

Sporting Lagos

Christian Nwoke; Patrick Egeonu, Aliu Salawudeen, Emeka Nwokeji, Henry Ndedi; Chinedu Ufere, Rivio Ayemwenre, Chisom Orji, Isaac Annor; Saturday Okon, Jonathan Alukwu

Akwa United vs Sporting Lagos confirmed lineups

*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released

Akwa United vs Sporting Lagos predictions

Prediction 1: Akwa United to win

Coach Fatai will take charge of only his second game for Akwa United as his side search for their first win of the season. It's important to know that the Uyo based club have been unbeaten in their last eight home games, winning seven and drawing one. Considering that the team scored three last week in Bayelsa and how new Sporting Lagos is to Nigerian football, an away defeat looks certain for Paul Offor's men.

Akwa United players celebrate scoring against Bayelsa United
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Prediction 2: Both teams to score

Akwa United have conceded in two of their last three home games; they also failed to keep a clean sheet in their first game of the NPFL season, casting doubt on their defensive game. While a penalty miss deep into added time by Gombe United ensured Sporting Lagos didn't concede yet, it's worth mentioning that they're not very strong defensively. Keeping in mind that these teams score goals, we're backing this match to end with goals on both sides.

Prediction 3: Over 2.5 total goals

Fatai Osho's men have scored at least two goals in their last three matches at home; they're also coming into this game from a 5-3 loss at Bayelsa United, while Sporting Lagos scored twice in their last game. All things being equal, we expect goals in this game, at least three.

Akwa United vs Sporting Lagos head-to-head

The clash at the Godswill Akpabio international stadium marks the very first time in history both sides will lock horns.

Akwa United recent form

Bayelsa United 5-3 Akwa United (30/09) – Nigeria Premier League

Sporting Lagos recent form

Sporting Lagos 2-0 Gombe United (02/10) – Nigeria Premier League

Where to watch Akwa United vs Sporting Lagos live in Nigeria

The Akwa United vs Sporting Lagos NPFL round 2 game will be live on the NPFL Live App. Fans can as well catch up with the action on both teams' official YouTube channels.

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

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