Nigeria Premier League Week 3 previews

Dolphins' Victor Babayaro (Green) and Sharks'
Joseph Tagoe in a 2009 clash

Sharks v Dolphins
This will be the seventh derby between both sides since March 30, 2003. In the previous ties since 2003, the Blue Angels have never won a game against Dolphin (home and away). There is only one pointer to this game – another draw in the Port Harcourt. But expect fireworks from the stands to the pitch with the likes of Victor Ezeji, Bright Ejike, Sunday Rotimi, Owusu Addae and co all primed for this one.
Our prediction: 1 – 1
Recent head-to-head
Saturday, March 30, 2003
Dolphin 0 – 0 Sharks
Saturday, May 18, 2003
Sharks 1 – 1 Dolphin
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Dolphin 2 – 1 Sharks
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Sharks 0 – 2 Dolphin
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Dolphin 1 – 1 Sharks
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Sharks            0 – 0 Dolphin


Niger Tornadoes v Juth FC
Tornadoes return to Minna to seek a win over Jos University Teaching Hospital (Juth) Football Club. But Ladan Bosso’s men must be wary of Ghanaian James Amankwei, Chris Madaki and Victor Yakubu in this game. Tornadoes, of course, are not lacking in quality when you consider the experience of Daddy Bazuaye, Justice Chinedu, Tawose Okiki and Adamu Baba Sule among others. Bosso’s side will pick all points in this game.
Our prediction: 1 – 0
Recent head-to-head
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Niger Tornadoes 1 – 0 Juth FC
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Juth FC 1 – 0 Niger Tornadoes
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Juth FC 1 – 0 Niger Tornadoes
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Niger Tornadoes 1 – 0 Juth FC


Kwara United v Kano Pillars
One of the biggest clashes of the weekend sees Kadiri Ikhana facing his old team in Offa. In this same fixture last season, it ended goalless but Ikhana will be barking out instructions to his team to go for the maximum points after a winless start to the season. Kwara United will bank on a handful of youngsters and oldies to inflict a first defeat on Kano Pillars, who have experienced campaigners in Rabiu Ali, Abdulwasiu Showemimo, John Yampe, Maurice Chigozie and goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai.
Our prediction: 1 – 0
Recent head-to-head
Saturday, February 1, 2003
Kwara United 4 – 2 Kano Pillars
Saturday, May 24, 2003
Kano Pillars 1 – 0 Kwara United
Saturday, March 13, 2004
Kwara United 0 – 1 Kano Pillars
Saturday, June 26, 2004Kano Pillars 1 – 0 Kwara United
Friday, May 6, 2005
Kano Pillars 2 – 1 Kwara United
Friday, October 14, 2005
Kwara United 1 – 0 Kano Pillars
Friday, May 26, 2006
Kwara United 2 – 1 Kano Pillars
Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Kano Pillars 2 – 0 Kwara United
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Kwara United 1 – 0 Kano Pillars
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Kano Pillars 2 – 0 Kwara United
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Kwara United 0 – 0 Kano Pillars
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Kano Pillars 3 – 0 Kwara United


3SC v Bukola Babes
Shooting Stars General Manager
Mutui Adepoju
Gbolahan Salami is still suspended for this game but Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) should take advantage of the in-fighting at the Babes to forge ahead this season. Expect Kabiru Alausa to lead the lines with support from Tope Orelope, Shola Abolade, Chima Akas and Lateef Adigun. Fatai Amoo and 3SC faithful will not expect any result less than a win after their side capitulated late in the game last weekend away to Zamfara United to drop two points.
Our prediction: 2 – 0
Recent head-to-head
None


Plateau United v Sunshine Stars
If Gbenga Ogunbote’s side want to be reckoned a competitor this term, they must start picking points on the road. Having started on a losing note on the opening day, Plateau United will be spoiled for a win in this game at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos. Ajibade Omolade, George Akpabio, Peter Gyang, Edward Bewarang and Tochukwu Esim will play roles in trying to ensure that Ndubuisi Nduka’s side see off Sunshine Stars, whose confidence have soared after their Week 2 triumph over champions, Enyimba. But a draw looks on the cards.
Our prediction: 1 – 1
Recent head-to-head
Saturday, February 8, 2003
Plateau United 1 – 0 Sunshine Stars
Saturday, June 7, 2003
Sunshine Stars 0 – 0 Plateau United


Gombe United v Lobi Stars
Both sides have faced each other continually in the past six seasons in 14 games. But Lobi Stars are yet to win at Gombe with a goalless draw on March 14, 2004 being their best away result against their opponents. That impressive home run by Gombe United over Lobi should not change with coach Bernard Ogbe handing Lazarus Chukwu, Alhaji Kwairanga, Ndala Ibrahim, Ifeanyi Okoro and co the license to wreck the visiting team. Lobi will drop all points in this one.
Our prediction: 2 – 0
Recent head-to-head
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Lobi Stars 1 – 3 Gombe United
Saturday, July 12, 2003
Gombe United 1 – 0 Lobi Stars
Sunday, March 14, 2004
Gombe United 0 – 0 Lobi Stars
Sunday, June 27, 2004
Lobi Stars 4 – 0 Gombe United
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Lobi Stars 3 – 1 Gombe United
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Gombe United 2 – 1 Lobi Stars
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Lobi Stars 2 – 0 Gombe United
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Gombe United 3 – 1 Lobi Stars
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Lobi Stars 2 – 0 Gombe United
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Gombe United 2 – 0 Lobi Stars
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Gombe United 1 – 0 Lobi Stars
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Lobi Stars 1 – 0 Gombe United
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Gombe United 2 – 0 Lobi Stars
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Lobi Stars 2 – 1 Gombe United


Sunday, November 21, 2010
Warri Wolves v Heartland
This is Sunday’s top-of-the-bill clash at the Warri City Stadium. Last season, this game produced five goals inside 74 minutes. Three of the goalscorers – Solomon Onamado and Gift Atulewa (both of Wolves) and Kingsley Udoh (Heartland) – in this game are still attached to both clubs while the other two goalscorers, Bill Sheriff and Fengor Ogude, have moved on. Definitely it will be fireworks, as Emmanuel Omodiagbe faces his old teammates and will want to prove a few points in this one. Wolves look good to win this game.
Our prediction: 2 – 0
Recent head-to-head
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
NPA 1 – 0 Nationale
Sunday, September 5, 2004
Nationale 1 – 0 NPA
Saturday, April 2, 2005
Nationale 2 – 1 NPA
Friday, September 9, 2005
NPA 2 – 1 Nationale
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Heartland 2 – 0 Warri Wolves
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Warri Wolves 2 – 1 Heartland
Wednesday 25 November 2009
Warri Wolves 3 – 2 Heartland
Wednesday 10 March 2010
Heartland 2 – 0 Warri Wolves


Enyimba v Zamfara United
The Peoples Elephant’s domineering run against Zamfara United should continue this weekend. Enyimba have failed to score three goals in a home tie against United just once since February 23, 2005. Okey Emordi’s men will be all over Zamfara United from the start with Josiah Maduabuchi, Henry Uche, Ekene Iwuorie, Ifeanyi Ede, Atanda Sakibu and Uche Kalu playing roles in what could turn out to be steamroll.
Our prediction: 3 – 0
Recent head-to-head
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Enyimba 3 – 0 Zamfara United
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Zamfara United 0 – 0 Enyimba
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Zamfara United 0 – 0 Enyimba
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Enyimba 3 – 0 Zamfara United
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Zamfara United 1 – 1 Enyimba
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Enyimba 3 – 1 Zamfara United
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Enyimba 1 – 0 Zamfara United
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Zamfara United 1 – 0 Enyimba


Enugu Rangers v Ocean Boys
Last week, Rangers succumbed to a late goal at Dolphin. But Alphonsus Dike will aim to force all points from Ocean Boys in this tricky tie. Expect the 2006 champions, Ocean Boys, to approach this game with a defensive style with the hope of hitting the Flying Antelopes on the break. But the success of that style will be dependent on how well Ocean Boys keep the attacking runs of Ejike Uzoenyi, Charles Taylor, John Nnam and Uche Nwofor at bay. Dike’s men are in position to win this one.
Our prediction: 2 – 1
Recent head-to-head
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Ocean Boys 3 – 0 Enugu Rangers
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Enugu Rangers 1 – 0 Ocean Boys
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Ocean Boys 1 – 0 Enugu Rangers
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Enugu Rangers 2 – 0 Ocean Boys
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Ocean Boys 1 – 0 Enugu Rangers
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Enugu Rangers 1 – 0 Ocean Boys


Kaduna United v Crown FC
Playmaker Sani Aruwa is still a doubt for this game though he faces a fitness test and yet could still play through pain. Also, assistant coach, Abdullahi Heyman, should continue in charge of the team in the absence of Maurice Cooreman. Though Crown Football Club have shown that they are no pushovers with Phillip Asuquo, Harrison Egbune, John Fayoseh and Gabriel Agu leading the lines well in their opening two games, it is Kaduna United that look sure to pick the full points in this game.
Our prediction: 2 – 0
Recent head-to-head

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George Akpayen
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