Enyimba of Aba will play their fourth NPFL game of the season when they host Kwara United this weekend.
The People's Elephant hopes to banish the ghosts of their ill-fated 2023/24 continental campaign, which was brief, by climbing up the table.
Enyimba will be contending with the Afonja Warriors, who have not had a stellar season but have not been atrocious in this campaign either.
After three matches, Enyimba is in the bottom three on the NPFL log and will find Kwara United a stubborn nut to crack.
Can coach Finidi George start racking up the wins of the People's Elephant? Will Kwara United stun Enyimba? We will get answers to these questions.
Preview: Enyimba vs Kwara United
Enyimba have played three matches this term and are 19th on the log.
They have won, drawn and lost one game each in the 2023/24 NPFL campaign.
The People's Elephant have problems at both ends of the pitch. While they have struggled to score goals, they also have issues keeping them out.
They have scored in only one game this term – the 3-2 home win over struggling Akwa United.
In the other two games, they failed to score and conceded two goals.
A win at home against Kwara United might breathe life into the campaign for Enyimba.
The Afonja Warriors have had a topsy-turvy season. They started the season with a 1-0 loss to Katsina United, but their last three games paint a different story.
They drew 0-0 away to Rivers United, which many believed was the beginning of big things for the Afonja Warriors, but they drew their home game to Enugu Rangers and lost 2-1 to Bayelsa United.
Kwara United returned to winning ways last week with a hard-fought home win against Sporting Lagos.
The Afonja Warriors have what it takes to steal a point in Aba.
Probable Line ups
Ojo Olorunleke (GK), Innocent Gabriel, Eze Ekwutoziam, George Owen, Daniel Daga, Pascal Eze, Chigozie Chilekwu, Somiari Alalibo, Chikamso Okechukwu, Ekene Awazie, Adiele Erugo
Saliu Suleiman, Kabiru Balogun, Thankgod Ike, Victor Okoro, Isaiah Ejeh, Mohammed Alao, Mohammed Kabiru, Adeshina Gata, Samuel Ayanrinde, Benson Abbey
Confirmed line ups
Olorunleke Ojo, Innocent Gabriel, Joseph Atule, Chidiebere Nnachi, Chijioke Mbaoma, Daniel Dage, Chilekwu Chijioke, Somiari Alalibo, Chikamuso Okechukwu, Enugu Adiele
Adewale Adeyinka, Kabir Balogun, Kabiru Mohammed, Thankgod Ike, Abdulrahman Olanrewaju, Bernard Ovoke, Benson Abbey, Victor Okoro, Ifeanyi Francis, Emmanuel Ogbole, Ikenna Offor
Head-to-Head: Enyimba vs Kwara United
In their last six meetings, the People's Elephant have only lost twice against the Afonja Warriors.
— Kwara United F.C. (@KwaraUnitedFC) November 2, 2023
They won four games without losing at home.
The ties in Aba have not been close, with Enyimba winning convincingly.
The last encounter in Aba was on the 29th of January 2023, with Enyimba winning 3-0.
The other ties have Enyimba winning 3'0 in 2022 and 1-0 in 2021. They also won 2-1 in Ilorin in April 2023.
Enyimba vs Kwara United Predictions
Prediction 1 – Enyimba to win
Enyimba may be struggling this season, but they're still a force to reckon with in the NPFL.
They will want to prove they're not a spent force, as a loss or draw could put the team in jeopardy.
Prediction 2 – Under 2.5
Enyimba has struggled for goals that seem to apply mainly to the continent.
In their last home game against Akwa United, they scored three goals.
Kwara United are not good travellers despite their 0-0 draw with Rivers United.
𝐍𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐮𝐩 !!!
— Enyimba FC (@EnyimbaFC) November 2, 2023
Expect Enyimba to win 2-0
Prediction 3: Enyimba to keep a clean sheet
Kwara United have not scored any goal on the road this season. Expect this to continue, as the Afonja Warriors will be keen on not conceding.
Where to watch Enyimba vs Kwara United live
Football fans in Nigeria will watch the live broadcast of Enyimba clash with Kwara United on the NPFL Live App.
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This article was most recently revised and updated 4 weeks ago