All three points will be up for grabs as Gombe United play Bendel Insurance at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match on Saturday evening. The two teams will meet each other for the second time in this NPFL season, with the first leg ending in a goalless draw.
Gombe United are 7th in the NPFL table, having amassed 18 points from 15 games. They are, at the moment, 13 points below their current opponents in the NPFL league table. On the other hand, the visitors Bendel Insurance are on top with 31 points from 15 games. The two teams belong to the NPFL 22/23 Group A.
Going into the NPFL fixture, Gombe United are winless in their last two games, losing 3-0 away to Shooting Stars of Akure in their latest match and grinding out an impressive 1-1 away draw at Nasarawa United one week ago. However, since they're at home, the Northern Nigerian team will fancy their chances of getting back to winning ways ahead of the NPFL league leader's visit.
As for Bendel Insurance FC, they are unbeaten in their last two games, recording a 2-1 win over ElKanemi Warriors in last Saturday's encounter at home. Before that, the NPFL league leaders earned a 1-1 draw away at Remo Stars.
Aliyu Zubairu and his Gombe United side are well aware of the threat the visitors pose due to their current form. He must have urged his boys to stay in the game and be decisive in the final third to end Bendel Insurance's 15 games unbeaten streak in the NPFL league.
Explained: the two teams' NPFL form
Gombe United are winless in their last two games and arrives into the NPFL fixture on Sunday on a mixed run. The team have equal wins and losses (four apiece) in their last 11 games and have drawn thrice. However, Aliyu Zubairu boys have taken maximum points in their latest three games at home. Going by that run, they can inflict the Bendel Insurance side their first loss of the season. The result will strengthen the home side's position in the NPFL standings and help build confidence.
It won't be easy, as Bendel Insurance has been the best team in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season. They are yet to lose a game out of 15 NPFL fixtures, recording eight wins and seven draws. They are the best in their NPFL Group A league category and overall Nigeria football. Having won three times away from home and drawn four, the Benin Arsenal will try to get a favourable result at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe.
Unfortunately, this game will not be broadcast live on television for fans across Nigeria.
This article was most recently revised and updated 10 months ago