NPFL Preview and Predictions: Nasarawa United vs Bendel Insurance

NPFL Preview and Predictions: Nasarawa United vs Bendel Insurance
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Nasarawa United host Bendel Insurance in their last game of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season. The Solid Miners were relegated to the Nigeria National League after a 1-0 defeat against Kwara United on Matchday 17 of the abridged 2022/23 NPFL campaign.

Bendel Insurance hasn't won an away game in recent times but will hope to change it and end the regular season on top of the NPFL Group A standings.

Where Do the Teams Sit in the NPFL Table?

Nasarawa United are 9th in the Group A table. They've obtained just 13 points from 17 games and sit four points behind eighth-placed Kwara United. Meanwhile, Bendel Insurance has accumulated 33 points from 17 NPFL fixtures. They're top of the Group A table with two more points than Enyimba.

Nasarawa United vs Bendel Insurance NPFL Preview

Nasarawa United

Yahaya Ibrahim’s 82nd-minute goal in their game against Kwara United last Sunday condemned the Solid Miners to second-tier football for next season. That loss ultimately sealed their disappointing NPFL campaign. However, with nothing left to play, they might feel free and will be determined to win in their last game at home against league leaders Bendel Insurance, a side they lost to in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

Bendel Insurance

Monday Adigie's Bendel Insurance side is unbeaten in the league this season. The Benin City club will hope to cap off a fantastic NPFL regular season on a good note as they play away in Lafia. However, the Benin Arsenal have only won once in their last eight games. As a result, their lead has reduced to two points to their closest rival, Enyimba. Only a win in this game will guarantee them the top spot because should Enyimba win their game, Bendel Insurance will come down to second in the league.

Nasarawa United vs Bendel Insurance Predictions

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1st Prediction: Both Teams to Score

Nasarawa United and Bendel Insurance are coming into the game after seeing goals at both ends in their last couple of fixtures. Four of Nasarawa United's last seven skirmishes in the NPFL have ended with both teams scoring. Similarly, Bendel Insurance has seen six of their seven previous games in the NPFL producing goals at both ends. With this in mind, we think both teams will find the net on Sunday.

2nd Prediction: Bendel Insurance to Win

Bendel Insurance must win to finish the regular season on top. Any other result will guarantee Enyimba the top spot if they can win their NPFL game. Monday Adigie's charges will have this at the back of their mind ahead of visiting Nasarawa United. He'll be urging his boys to forget their winless recent streak in the league and take all three points to win away at Nasarawa. As a result, we feel Bendel Insurance may win this match.

Nasarawa United vs Bendel Insurance Lineups

Official lineups usually come out an hour before kick-off.

Frequently Asked Questions About Nasarawa United vs Bendel Insurance

Which team is the favourite to win Nasarawa vs Bendel Insurance match NPFL match?

Bendel Insurance, aka the Benin Arsenal, is the favourite to win the NPFL match.

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

Bendel Insurance beat Nasarawa United 1-0 when these two teams last met in the NPFL.

What is the kick-off time?

This match starts at 4 PM local time (16:00 BST) on Sunday, May 14th 2023.

This article was most recently revised and updated 10 months ago

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