NPFL Preview and Predictions: High-Flying Bendel Insurance Play Inconsistent Shooting Stars

NPFL Preview and Predictions: High-Flying Bendel Insurance Play Inconsistent Shooting Stars
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The most in-form team in the league, Bendel Insurance, will host Shooting Stars at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Nigeria. Both sides will meet for the second time this season in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). The home side will look to extend their unbeaten run in the league, but Shooting Stars will be determined to upset the apple cart.

Bendel Insurance sits top of the Group A NPFL table, amassing 32 points from 16 matches and having a four lead over second-placed Enyimba. Meanwhile, Shooting Stars sit in 6th, obtaining 21 points from 16 skirmishes this season. The Ibadan-based club are 11 points behind their weekend's match opponent.

Bendel Insurance vs Shooting Stars NPFL Preview

Bendel Insurance

Monday Odigie's Bendel Insurance side has been the best team in the NPFL this season. They're yet to lose a game in the 16 matches they've played ahead of this encounter. The Benin Arsenal are coming into this affair after a goalless draw away at Gombe United in their last game, to add to their 2-1 victory at home over El-Kanemi Warriors a fortnight back. Before the win over El-Kanemi Warriors, they recorded five straight draws in the league. Overall, in their last seven games, they've been able to win just once, and their eyes will be set on taking maximum points off Shooting Stars as their encounter gets underway on Sunday evening.

Shooting Stars

Gbenga Ogunbote's Shooting Stars SC have done well for themselves in the past few weeks. Although their dreams of making the top three look difficult with just two games left ahead of their visit to Benin City, they can take solace in the fact that they'll remain in the league next season. The Oluyole Warriors, as fondly called, have lost just one game in their last six NPFL matches, winning three and drawing two. However, their resurgence may have come a bit late, as their chances of making it into the championship group look done and dusted.

Bendel Insurance vs Shooting Stars Predictions

The following predictions can help you make the right selections for this match.

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1st Prediction: Bendel Insurance to Win

Bendel Insurance will be playing their last home match of the regular season, and they'll love to give the fans a win. Ahead of this match, Benin Arsenal have won five of their eight games at home this season, sharing the spoils in three. A win for the home side ensures they finish the season on top of NPFL Group A.

2nd Prediction: Over 1.5

The first leg of this fixture ended 2-2 away at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan. The home side have seen at least two goals in six of their last seven games. On the other hand, Shooting Stars have seen a minimum of two goals in five of their eight matches ahead of this clash. With these in mind, we believe this match will see at least two goals.

Bendel Insurance vs Shooting Stars Lineups

Official lineups for this match will be out an hour before the game begins.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bendel Insurance vs Shooting Stars

Which team is the favourite to win the Bendel Insurance vs Shooting Stars NPFL fixture?

Bendel Insurance is the favourite to win the Bendel Insurance vs Shooting Stars NPFL fixture.

Who is the NPFL leading goalscorer?

Enyimba F.C's Chukwuemeka Obioma is the leading goalscorer in the NPFL with 11 goals.

What was the result when last these two teams met in the NPFL?

Shooting Stars and Bendel Insurance played out a 2-2 draw the last time they met in the NPFL.

This article was most recently revised and updated 10 months ago

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