NPFL Title on the Line in Enyimba vs Rivers United Clash

NPFL Title on the Line in Enyimba vs Rivers United Clash
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Sparks will fly in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super Six Championship final round on Sunday at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos.

With CAF qualification spots decided; Enyimba, Rivers United and Remo Stars—who all have chance to win the league depending on the results—will battle it out for the ultimate prize.

NPFL Super Six Round 5 Predictions

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Sunshine Stars vs Lobi Stars Prediction: Draw

We'll begin our Matchday 5 prediction by backing Sunshine Stars vs Lobi Stars to end in stalemates. It's important to point out that Sunshine Stars and Lobi Stars have nothing to play for anymore. Both teams have 2 points in the playoffs standings, which even with 3 points in this game, the winner won't still qualify for CAF competitions. On one hand, Sunshine Stars are winless in their last four matches; they've lost two and drawn two. On the other hand, Lobi Stars have equal draws and losses in their last four games, just like Sunshine Stars. Considering these teams have equal wins and losses in their last four games, we believe the spoils will be shared between these sides at the end of this match.

Remo Stars vs Bendel Insurance Prediction: Remo Stars to Win

Granted, both sides have met four times without a win for Remo Stars. However, Bendel Insurance have not been able to win games. The Benin Arsenal have played six consecutive draws prior to their last game. They've been on a record 21 games unbeaten run. On the other hand, Remo Stars have picked up four wins in their last seven games; going unbeaten on that stretch too. The Sky Blue Stars have a chance at the title if they win with at least three unreplied goals, and Enyimba's bout with Rivers United ends in a draw. These prospects give us confidence that Remo Stars will come out with a victory over Bendel Insurance.

Enyimba vs Rivers United Prediction: Rivers United to Win

This match will likely produce the 2022/2023 NPFL Champions. We're backing Rivers United to win their heavyweight clash with Enyimba, and here's why: it may interest you to know that Rivers United have dominated Enyimba in recent times. They have three wins and a draw in four previous clashes with Enyimba. As a matter of fact, Rivers United did the double over Enyimba in the league last season, scoring three goals without being breached; that was their most recent two meetings. We know this match is a title decider and that it'll be keenly contested; with both teams in top form ahead of this clash, each unbeaten in their last ten games. Having considered all these things, we are fairly backing Rivers United to defend their title.

NPFL Super Six Previews

Here are the previews for the NPFL Super Six final round.

Sunshine Stars vs Lobi Stars Preview

Sunshine Stars

Sunshine Stars are coming into this game from four winless runs in the playoffs. It has been a disappointing campaign for the Akure side, who lost twice and picked up two draws. They rank bottom of the Championship standings, and are directly coming into this game from a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Enyimba. With nothing at stake, we don't expect much from their affair with Lobi Stars.

Current Form: WLDDL

Lobi Stars

Lobi Stars have also failed to pick up a win in the Super Six Championship round. They're ranked 5th ahead of this encounter. They suffered a 2-0 loss to Remo Stars in their recent match; bringing their total losses to three in the last six games, with two draws. As mentioned earlier, Lobi Stars have nothing to play for in this skirmish, and will just be fine to not attack each other.

Current Form: LDLDL

Head-to-Head Records

Both teams have met 15 times in the past. Sunshine Stars have four wins, Lobi Stars have seven wins, with three drawn games.

Remo Stars vs Bendel Insurance Preview

Remo Stars

Ogunmodede and his Remo Stars side have been impressive in the past couple of weeks. They're unbeaten in 13 straight games and have qualified for continental football next season. Ahead of this match, they're coming off a 2-0 win over Lobi Stars.

They will be eager to string their second win of the Championship playoffs, knowing they have a chance at the title. They'll aim to dish just the second loss of the season to Bendel Insurance as their match gets underway.

Current Form: WDDDW

Bendel Insurance

Monday Adigie and his men have gone unbeaten for 21 straight games, a streak Rivers United ended in their last match. They'll be eager to bounce back as they take on a Remo Stars side they've churned out decent results over in the last couple of meetings. Although a win will do them no good at this point, except to finish the Championship with at least a win. Nevertheless, it won't be easy to beat Remo Stars who're a free-scoring side in the playoffs.

Current Form: DDDDL

Head-to-Head Records

Both teams have met four times. Bendel Insurance with one win, while the other three games ended in a draw.

Enyimba vs Rivers United Preview

Enyimba

The People's Elephants are looking to win their 9th league title, and they're a game away from doing so. They've been unbeaten in their last ten games, with six wins and four draws. They thrashed Sunshine Stars 3-0 in their last match to bring themselves within inches of winning the playoffs. However, they will have their work cut out for them as they'll be facing off with another team who also want to win the title. It'll be interesting to see who comes out on top.

Current Form: WWDDL

Rivers United

The defending champions ended Insurance's unbeaten streak in their last match. Brimming with confidence and the prospect of winning another title, they'll be heads all-high as they take on Enyimba who they did the double over last season. Stanley Eguma and his men are on a mission, and if they're able to defeat a very strong Enyimba side, they'll be just the second team to defend their NPFL title since Kano Pillars did it in the 2014 season.

Current Form: DWDDW

Head-to-Head Records

Enyimba and Rivers United have met 13 times. Both sides have five wins apiece, while three games ended draw.

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 GoTV and DSTV SuperSport channels.

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 12 months ago

Joseph is a freelance writer who spends most of his time writing engaging football contents. Based in Nigeria, Joseph is a die-hard Real Madrid fan with over 8 years experience in the sports betting space. He has covered football match previews, predictions, and news across leagues in Africa and Europe.