The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) 2023/24 season enters week six with Niger Tornadoes vs Enyimba listed as one of the games to look out for in this midweek action.
Enyimba, defending champions of the NPFL, have found themselves in the bottom zone but they have three outstanding games due to their sojourn in the African Football League.
Enyimba were soundly beaten over two legs by Wydad Casablanca 4-0 in the AFL and they will now be fully focused on getting their season back on track on the home front.
On the other hand, Niger Tornadoes have been solid at home, winning their first two games at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna against Bayelsa United and Rivers United.
In terms of the point tally at the moment, Niger Tornadoes have six points so far while Enyimba have just three points from two games.
The match has been scheduled to kick off by 4 pm on Wednesday, November 1.
𝐍𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐔𝐩 !!!
— Enyimba FC (@EnyimbaFC) October 30, 2023
Here is a look at what to expect from the match and the predictions.
Niger Tornadoes vs Enyimba probable lineups
Having seen his side crash out of the AFL, coach Finidi George will be hoping to return to the NPFL with a bang – at least avoid another loss.
Skipper Olorunleke Ojo is expected to be between the sticks for this fixture, while Niger Tornadoes will be keen to take down another recent NPFL champion after Rivers United at their adopted home ground in Kaduna.
Here are our probable lineups for this Nigeria Premier Football League match:
Goalkeeper: Michael George
Defenders: Idris Saidu, Slow Danladi, Abdulkadir Zango, Sunday Odeh
Midfielders: Hamza Mohammed, Ifeanyi Okoye, Shamsudeen Ashimu
Strikers: Waheed Adebayo, Yahaya Adamu, Emmanuel Iyang
Goalkeeper: Ojo Olorunleke
Defenders: Bilal Yakubu, Chigozie Chilekwu, Somiari Alalibo, Okechukwu Chikamso
Midfielders: Daniel Daga, Happy Ekwutoziam, Ikenna Cooper
Forwards: Ekene Awazie, Chijioke Mbaoma, Joseph Atule
Niger Tornadoes vs Enyimba confirmed lineups
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Niger Tornadoes vs Enyimba Predictions
Prediction 1: Tornadoes win or draw
Niger Tornadoes are a different side when they play at home. They always find a way past their opposition and they have already done that against the likes of Rivers United and Bayelsa United this season.
Enyimba are the defending champions and they cannot be easily pushed over, but we expect the home side to at least avoid a defeat.
Prediction 2: Tornadoes to score
The champions have not kept any clean sheet this season, while Niger Tornadoes have scored in every home game so far.
The defensive issues in the backline of Enyimba are expected to be evident here and the Ikon Allah boys should be able to capitalize and find the back of the net.
Prediction 3: Under 2.5 Total Goals
Since the start of 2023, all but one of Niger Tornadoes’ NPFL home games have produced less than 2.5 goals.
Hamza Abara’s men do not score a lot and they are also stingy at the back when it comes to games at their home ground.
Enyimba might be looking to contain or play for a draw, and if that should be the case, then a low-scoring game is inevitable.
Niger Tornadoes vs Enyimba Head-to-Head
This will be their 20th meeting in recent seasons. During that time, Niger Tornadoes have won nine times, while Enyimba have eight wins to their name, and two games have ended in a draw.
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