Bendel to Stay Unbeaten? Our Predictions for the NPFL Super Six Matchday 2

Bendel to Stay Unbeaten? Our Predictions for the NPFL Super Six Matchday 2
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All eyes will be on the heavyweight clashes scheduled at theΒ Mobolaji Johnson ArenaΒ in Onikan, Lagos. TheΒ Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super Six playoff fixturesΒ got underway last week, with Matchday 2 upon us. Lobi Stars vs Enyimba, Rivers United vs Lobi Stars, and Bendel Insurance vs Sunshine Stars will take place this Matchday at 2 PM, 4:30 PM, and 7 PM, respectively.

Lobi Stars vs Enyimba Preview

Lobi Stars

Lobi Stars are coming into this encounter on the back of a goalless draw with Bendel Insurance in the last match of the first round. Mohammed Babaganaru and his men earned a point, they'll be aiming to register their first win of the championship round as they take on Enyimba today.

The Makurdi club haven't been at their best in recent games, they've picked up just one win in their last six skirmishes, with 3 losses and 2 draws.

Current Form: LLWDLD

Enyimba

Meanwhile Enyimba could not maintain their lead in the game against Remo Stars. NPFL leading scorer, Obioma put Enyimba 2-1 up after a well taken penalty, but a late goal by Nduku Junior in 90+3 gave Remo Stars a deserved point in a match they were the better side. Enyimba will look to improve on their game if they're to challenge for the title.

Nevertheless Finidi George's side have extended their unbeaten run to seven matches, they'll be eager to continue their unbeaten streak as they take on Lobi Stars

Current Form: WDWWDD

Head-to-Head Records

Enyimba and Lobi Stars have played 13 matches ahead of today's skirmish. Enyimba have come out tops on five occasions, while Lobi Stars have two wins. Six of their matches ended in stalemates.

Rivers United vs Remo Stars Preview

Rivers United

Rivers United are the only side to pick up maximum points in the first round of the championship playoffs, as a result, they're top of the playoffs standings. And are the favourites to win the title this season.

Stanley Eguma's side defeated Sunshine Stars 1-0 in the first Matchday. They're aiming to defend their title, and will be on course if they pick up another win today. We'll also like to point out that Rivers United have been undefeated in seven consecutive NPFL games ahead of this matchup, winning five games and drawing two. They'll be eager to continue their unbeaten streak as they take on Remo Stars.

Current Form: WDWWDW

Remo Stars

Remo Stars played out a 2-2 draw with Enyimba in round one of the playoffs. After being the better side for most of the game, Adiele Eriugo scored for Enyimba against the run of play to take the lead in the 60th minute. Former NPFL top scorer, Junior Lokosa was brought on and he scored within minutes to draw level for Remo Stars. However, Enyimba went ahead in the 81st minute through Obioma's well taken penalty but the drama continued, as Nduku Junior scored late in added time to earn 2-2 draw for Remo Stars.

Ogunmodede and his men have now gone ten games without a defeat, and will aim to build on their performance against Enyimba as they take on Rivers United.

Current Form: DDWWWD

Head-to-Head Records

Rivers United and Remo Stars have met seven times. Rivers United have the H2H advantage over their today's opponents with five wins. Remo Stars have one win, while both sides have played one draw.

Bendel Insurance vs Sunshine Stars Preview

Bendel Insurance

Monday Adigie's Bendel Insurance are on the back of nine draws and one win in their last ten games. It's worthy to note that they've been unbeaten in 19 straight games ahead of this clash. The newly promoted side have an impressive record; however, draws are not enough going into the playoffs. They have to start picking up maximum points to be able to mount a serious challenge to their title aspirations. They're currently 5th in the championship standings.

Current Form: DWDDDD

Sunshine Stars

Meanwhile Edith Agoye led Sunshine Stars are coming into this match from a 1-0 defeat to the defending champions, Rivers United. A 64th minute penalty all but ensured that Sunshine Stars come into this encounter bottom of the standings.

The Akure based club have picked up three wins and four losses in their last seven games. They're not as strong as their today's opponents but they're capable of holding their own; and will not want to be on the losing side for the second time running.

Current Form: WLWLWL

Head-to-Head Records

Both teams have met twice; playing out a draw in their first meeting, while Bendel Insurance won the reverse fixture.

NPFL Super Six Round 2 Predictions

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Lobi Stars vs Enyimba Prediction: Enyimba to Win

Enyimba have picked up four wins and three draws in their last seven games. On the other hand, Lobi Stars have two wins in their last seven games, and are without a win in their last three games. Enyimba are better placed than Lobi Stars who've had bad form in recent times. The People's Elephants are aiming to win their 8th NPFL title, and we're fairly confident they'll emerge victorious against a Lobi Stars side they've enjoyed good results against.

Rivers United vs Remo Stars Prediction: Both Teams to Score

Remo Stars' last seven games have seen both sides scoring on five occasions. Granted, Rivers United games haven't been really both teams scoring encounters, as just three of their last seven NPFL games have seen goals at both ends. However, Rivers United and Remo Stars have each scored in their last seven respective NPFL games, which makes this encounter a likely skirmish that'll see both sides scoring.

Bendel Insurance vs Sunshine Stars Prediction: Draw

We have established before that Bendel Insurance have registered nine draws in their last ten games. They've not been able to reproduce their defensive stability in front of the opponent's goal. Granted, Sunshine Stars have only picked up three draws in their last ten games, and they've not drawn any of their last seven skirmishes; still, we are fairly confident this match will end in stalemates. Interestingly, one of the only two meetings between both teams ended in a draw during the NPFL regular season.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Super Six Playoffs

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

The winner will pocket N100m.

Which venue will the Super Six Playoffs take place?

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

Which TV Channels will broadcast the matches in Nigeria?

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

What is the kick-off time for the matches?

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

This article was most recently revised and updated 11 months ago

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