Rivers United or Bendel Insurance? Our Predictions for the NPFL Super Six Matchday 4

Rivers United or Bendel Insurance? Our Predictions for the NPFL Super Six Matchday 4
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It's Matchday 4 in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)! The Super Six Championship round gears towards its final phases at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos. All three games of Matchday 3 ended in stalemates, increasing the importance of Matchday 4.

All eyes will be on Rivers United vs Bendel Insurance, Lobi Stars vs Remo Stars, and Sunshine Stars vs Enyimba, as hostilities take centre stage on Friday at 2 PM, 4:30 PM, and 7 PM, respectively.

Rivers United vs Bendel Insurance Preview

Rivers United

Rivers United played out a sour goalless draw with Lobi Stars on Wednesday in a match that neither side did enough to come out tops. It was a disappointing showing from both teams, especially Rivers United, who're aiming for a second successive podium finish in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

The Pride of Rivers are 2nd on the table, and are yet to lose a game in their last 9 NPFL matches; they'll be eager to navigate a win over their today's opponents. This match will be tough for the defending champions, particularly because of Insurance's unbeaten record this year. But Stanley Eguma's wards will have a go at it. Will it be today that Bendel Insurance finally gets cracked?

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Bendel Insurance

Bendel Insurance are coming from a hard-fought 1-1 draw with the table toppers, Enyimba, in their last match. They went 1-0 down inside the 23rd minute through Sadiq Abubakar goal scoring for Enyimba. However, Divine Nwachukwu brought Insurance to level terms in the 37th minute. Neither team scored again as the match ended 1-1

Bendel Insurance continued their unbeaten streak to 21 straight games in the third round of the playoffs, they're 4th on the table. They're winless in their last six games. At this moment, Adigie and his men have to beat Rivers United to bring themselves back to contention for the league.

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Head-to-Head Records

Both teams have met 2 times. Rivers United have one win, while the other game ended in a draw.

Lobi Stars vs Remo Stars Preview

Lobi Stars

Lobi Stars held Rivers United to a goalless draw on Wednesday, to earn just their 2nd point of the playoffs. They're ranked bottom (6th) in the Championship table. They're the only side to have not scored a goal in the playoffs in 3 matches. Having lost one, and drawn two, Lobi Stars will be searching for their first win as they take on Remo Stars in the 4:30 PM kick-off today.

The Makurdi club have not been at their best in recent games, they've picked up just one win in their last 7 matches, with 3 losses and 3 draws. Babaganaru's men will have their work cut out for them as they resume hostilities with goalscoring Remo Stars who're on a mission to win the league title.

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Remo Stars

Remo Stars are the most-scoring team in the championship round. They come into this game with a 1-1 draw with Sunshine Stars. It'll be the 3rd time Remo has played out a score-draw in the playoffs. Samuel Anakwe had put Remo ahead in the 12th minute to end the half on top. However, just a minute into the second half, Lucky Emmanuel pulled a goal back for Sunshine Stars, ensuring it ended 1-1 apiece.

Ogunmodede and his men are 3rd on the table, they continue to impress with scintillating displays. Nevertheless, they need to crown their efforts with wins, and with two games left, this match is a chance to pick up a needed win to bring themselves top of the table. Ahead of their game with lobi Stars, they're on 12 games without defeat, and will be eager to pick their first win as the clash gets underway.

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Head-to-Head Records

Remo Stars and Lobi Stars have met seven times. Remo with 1 win, and Lobi Stars with 3 wins; 3 games ended in a draw.

Sunshine Stars vs Enyimba Preview

Sunshine Stars

Sunshine Stars held Remo Stars to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday. After losing the first half, the Akure side scored in the 46th minute through Lucky Emmanuel to draw level with Remo. With plenty of time left to play, neither side scored. With two draws and a loss, Ogunbote and his men will search for their first win of the playoffs against an Enyimba side who did the double over them in the regular season.

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Enyimba

Just like the other matchups in Matchday 3 ended in a draw, Enyimba were held to a 1-1 draw with unbeaten Bendel Insurance. The People's Elephants top the Championship table on 5 points, same with Rivers United, but on superior goal difference.

Finidi George's side extended their unbeaten run to 9 matches. They'll fancy their chances of securing yet another win over Sunshine Stars who they've had good results over in recent times.

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Head-to-Head Records

Enyimba and Sunshine Stars have met nine times. Seven wins for Enyimba, one win for Sunshine Stars, and one draw.

NPFL Super Six Round 3 Predictions

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Rivers United vs Bendel Insurance Prediction: Draw

We'll begin our Matchday 4 prediction by backing Rivers United vs Bendel Insurance to end in a draw. For one, Bendel Insurance have played six consecutive draws ahead of this match, and a total of 11 draws in their last 12 games. On the other hand, Rivers United have played five draws in their last nine games; as a matter of fact, they've played three draws in their last four games. Granted, both teams will aim for a win, but we cannot fail to take note of how these teams have drawn games in recent times. With this in mind, we feel both teams will not go home empty-handed.

Lobi Stars vs Remo Stars Prediction: Both Teams to Score

Both sides have met seven times, four of them ended with goals at both ends. Their most recent meeting ended with both sides scoring as well. We know Lobi Stars are yet to score in this playoffs, however they've scored against Remo Stars in five of their last seven meetings. Furthermore, Remo Stars have played out three straight games with both teams scoring. We're backing the Lobi Stars vs Remo Stars encounter to see goals at both ends later today.

Sunshine Stars vs Enyimba United Prediction: Enyimba to Win

Enyimba have picked up one win in the playoffs ahead of this encounter. They're on top of the standings and are not looking to relinquish their position with two games left. It'll interest you to know that Enyimba have picked up seven wins in nine encounters with Sunshine Stars. As a matter of fact, Enyimba beat Sunshine Stars over two legs in the NPFL regular season. On this note, we fancy Finidi George's men to reign supreme over their opponents.

Frequently Asked Questions About the NPFL Super Six

What is the Prize Money for the winner of the Playoffs?

The winner will pocket N100m.

Which venue will the NPFL Super Six Playoffs take place?

These fixtures will take place at Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Onikan, Lagos.

Which TV Channels will broadcast the NPFL Super Six matches in Nigeria?

The matches will be live on Supersport on GoTV and DSTV.

What is the kick-off time for the NPFL Super Six matches?

The matches will be played at 2 PM, 4:30 PM, and 7 PM respectively.

This article was most recently revised and updated 10 months ago

Joseph is a graduate engineer turned sports writer, he has covered lots of sports stories, match previews and predictions across various leagues on the planet.