NPFL Preview: Rivers United Return to Action After Continental Disappointment

NPFL Preview: Rivers United Return to Action After Continental Disappointment
Rivers United players warm up

Rivers United will attempt to put their continental disappointment behind them as they resume hostilities in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this weekend. The Pride of Rivers will play host to their neighbours Bayelsa United in a vital match for Stanley Eguma's boys as they try to win points and get back on top.

How Both Teams Measure Up in the NPFL Group B Table

Rivers United are 4th on the table going into the NPFL fixture. They've amassed 23 points from 12 matches and are three points behind the group leaders, Lobi Stars. However, Rivers United have four games in hand because of their engagement in the continent. Meanwhile, Bayelsa United have obtained 21 points from 16 skirmishes this season. The Yenagoa-based club are one point behind their weekend's match opponent and safe from relegation.

Rivers United vs Bayelsa United NPFL Preview

Rivers United

Stanley Eguma's Rivers United are coming into NPFL's Bayelsa United clash after the quarterfinal loss in the CAF Confederations Cup to the Young Africans of Tanzania. Rivers United will be looking to make amends by giving their all in the league. The Pride of Rivers haven't been at their best in the NPFL lately, winning only twice in their last seven games. The team will be eager to return to winning ways when they host their neighbours this weekend.

Bayelsa United

Bayelsa United head coach Diepreye Tiebowei has seen his side collect four wins in their last six games. The team's late resurgence in the NPFL has saved their season, as they're out of the relegation zone with only a game left to play ahead of the penultimate week of the regular season.

Rivers United vs Bayelsa United Predictions

The following are our predictions for Rivers United vs Bayelsa United NPFL fixture. You can use our insights and place your bets and win big rewards. Use the Bet9ja promo code or Betano promo code to begin playing.

1st Prediction: Both Teams to Score

Rivers United have scored in all the six home games they've played this season. Bayelsa United have also found the back of the net in their last six away NPFL fixtures. The reverse fixture also saw both teams getting on the scoresheet. As a result, we're backing both teams to score in this affair.

2nd Prediction: Over 2.5 goals

The first leg of this fixture ended 2-2 away at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa. Also, Bayelsa United's last five games in the NPFL have seen at least three goals. With Rivers United eager to return to winning ways and Diepreye Tiebowei's boys scoring goals, we believe this match will produce three goals minimum.

Rivers United vs Bayelsa United Lineups

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Rivers United vs Bayelsa United

Which team are the bookies' favourites to win the Rivers United vs Bayelsa United NPFL match?

Rivers United are the bookies' favourite to win the Rivers United vs Bayelsa United NPFL fixture.

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

The last fixture between Bayelsa United and Rivers United ended 2-2.

When is the time of the kick-off?

This NPFL match starts at 4 PM local time (16:00 BST) on Sunday, May 7th 2023.

This article was most recently revised and updated 10 months ago

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