Sparks will fly as Gombe United vs Enyimba takes place at the Pantami Stadium on Sunday. Which of these teams will come out on top at the end of this Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game?
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Gombe United vs Enyimba probable lineups
Here's how we believe these teams will line up for this clash:
Goalkeeper: Gideon Gambo.
Defenders: Usman Abbas, Mutawakini Fuseini, Mahamadou Souley, Umar Ahmed.
Midfielders: Aminu Mohammed, Ernest Chidiebere, Gozie Umeh.
Strikers: Adama Samuel Kizito, Akpo Godwin, Ibrahim Enesi Sanni.
Goalkeeper: Olorunleke Ojo.
Defenders: Ini Edem, Pascal Eze, Somiari Alalibo, Gabriel Innocent.
Midfielders: Ikenna Cooper, Daniel Daga, Philip Ozor.
Strikers: Mbaoma Chijioke, Anthony Okachi, Sadiq Abubakar Adamu.
Gombe United vs Enyimba confirmed lineups
*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released
Gombe United vs Enyimba predictions
It's worth mentioning that Enyimba's season opener against Bendel Insurance was postponed, so this will be their first match of the season. On the other hand, Gombe United suffered a 2-0 loss to newly-promoted Sporting Lagos last weekend. That said, these are our predictions for today's game:
Enyimba to go home with all three points
Gombe United's recent form doesn't inspire a lot of confidence; they are currently on a three-match losing run, and have no wins in their last six matches. By comparison, Enyimba have fared a lot better than today's opponents; as they lost just once in their last 13 games across all competitions. Furthermore, the People's Elephant have dominated Gombe United in the past. They won their last three encounters with Gombe United, and are unbeaten in six previous skirmishes between these teams. That said, we are fairly confident that Enyimba will begin their title defense with a victory.
One team will fail to score
We've already established that Gombe United have no wins in their last six matches. This is due, in part, to their inability to score. As a matter of fact, the hosts did not score a single goal in their last five matches. This has also been the case with clashes between these sides; as Gombe United scored just once in their last four meetings with Enyimba. All things considered, we shouldn't expect goals at both ends.
Less than three total goals
Our last Gombe United vs Enyimba prediction is on the over/under goals market. Given the host team's recent struggles in front of goal, it's no surprise that their matches tend to be on the low-scoring side. In fact, eight of Gombe United's last 10 matches went below the 2.5 goal mark. In like manner, four of Enyimba's last six games featured less than three goals; and for this reason, we are taking the under 2.5 goals option.
Gombe United recent form
Things have not gone swimmingly for Gombe United lately; they are coming into this match on the back of three consecutive losses, with no wins in their last six games. This should be a tricky fixture for Mohammed Babaganaru's men, as they take on defending champions Enyimba. It'll be interesting to see how they'll match-up against the People's Elephant.
Enyimba recent form
On the other hand, Enyimba last played in the CAF Champions League qualifying rounds, where they lost in two legs to Al-Ahly Benghazi. Finidi George will look to steer his team to victory as they kick off their NPFL campaign this weekend.
Where to watch Gombe United vs Enyimba live
Fans across the country can catch all the action live on the NPFL Live app.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 weeks ago