NPFL Preview and Predictions: Rivers United vs Sunshine Stars

NPFL Preview and Predictions: Rivers United vs Sunshine Stars
NPFL defending champions, Rivers United

An eye-catching encounter is on the cards as the reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Rivers United, host Sunshine Stars at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt. Both teams will be setting out for their rescheduled round 12 fixture of Group B with three points at the back of their minds.

The reverse fixture between them ended in a score draw earlier in the campaign. Rivers United will be playing their 16th game of the season, while Sunshine Stars will be playing their 17th NPFL fixture.

Where Do Both Teams Sit in The NPFL Group B Table?

The Pride of Rivers are currently 2nd on 27 points. They've played 15 games and are within three points of the group leader, Lobi Stars. On the other hand, Sunshine Stars are 4th from 16 matches played. They have amassed 24 points and are two points behind the playoff places.

Rivers United vs Sunshine Stars Preview

Rivers United

Rivers United have been unbeaten in the NPFL in their last three games. They have also lost just once in their nine previous NPFL fixtures. Coming off a 1-1 draw away at Wikki Tourists, they're now within three points of returning to the top of Group B. They will look to continue their fine form in the league as they host Sunshine Stars.

However, this fixture has traditionally been a tough one for Rivers United: Stanley Eguma's men will have to be at their very best to collect maximum points from the visitors, who are brimming with confidence after picking all three points in their last away fixture.

Sunshine Stars

Sunshine Stars are coming into this fixture from an away win at Niger Tornadoes. The Akure Gunners are aiming to finish in the top three ahead of their visit to Port Harcourt. Edith Agoye's charges have picked up three wins, three draws and two losses in their last eight NPFL skirmishes. They will fancy their chances of getting something out of this game, having picked four points in their previous four away matches. Also, a win will put them into the top three, a motivating factor to play for.

Rivers United vs Sunshine Stars Predictions

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1st Prediction: Rivers United to Win

We have established before that Sunshine Stars are a tough team for Rivers United to edge out. However, Rivers United have their eyes set on a top-place finish and has a home advantage to work in their favour. Also, they've been undefeated at home this season, winning six and drawing once in their last seven home games. With these in mind, we say Rivers United to carry the day.

2nd Prediction: Draw

Our second prediction for this match is a draw. Both teams have played a draw in five of the last nine meetings between them. That said, we fancy a draw in this match.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rivers United vs Sunshine Stars

What was the result when both teams played last in the NPFL?

Sunshine Stars and Rivers United played out a 1-1 draw in the NPFL last time.

Which team are favourite to win this NPFL fixture?

Rivers United are favourites to win the Rivers United vs Sunshine Stars NPFL fixture.

Where will this NPFL match be played?

The Rivers United vs Sunshine Stars NPFL match is scheduled to be played at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.

When is the match?

This match will take place on Monday, May 15th, 2023.

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 year ago

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