NPFL WEEK 7 REVIEW: Rangers Go Top, Shooting Stars Defeat Rivers United.
Enugu Rangers are now top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), after they crushed Akwa United 3-0 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
The home side took the lead in the 27th minute, thanks to Bobby Clement’s strike. Tope Olusesi turned home a cross in the 52nd minute, before Chisom Egbuchulam completed the rout in the second half.
Rangers now have 14 points from seven matches. Former leaders, MFM FC, lost 1-0 to Heartland at the Dan Anyiam Stadium. Fortune Omoniwari scored the only goal of the encounter.
In other matches, Wikki Tourists defeated Niger Tornadoes 1-0 at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, to move to 6th place in the NPFL and Plateau United also saw off Lobi Stars 2-1 at home.
IfeanyiUbah FC lost 2-1 to El-Kanemi Warriors, while Shooting Stars pipped Rivers United 1-0 at home.
NIGERIA Vs EGYPT – Preview
The two African football giants Egypt and Nigeria renew their rivalry as they battle for the top spot of group G In AFCON qualifiers.
Egypt are currently the group leaders with 6 points and they will be hoping to win this clash and extend their lead in the table. The second placed Nigeria parted ways with coach Sunday Oliseh and appointed Samson Siasia as the interim coach. They will be want to come out victorious in this fixture to go top of the group leapfrogging the North African team.
NIGERIA vs EGYPT: Form Comparison
Egypt have won their previous 2 games and have scored 8 goals conceding 1; while Nigeria have won 1 and drew 1, they have scored 2 goals and conceded none.
Egypt have moved up two places in the FIFA ranking moving from 55 to 53 and are the most successful national team in Africa, having won the AFCON cup a record 7 times.
Nigeria have moved a place up the FIFA ranking moving from 63 to 62.
NIGERIA: Team News
The interim manager Samson Siasia has called up so many players ; 5 goalkeepers, 15 defenders, 9 midfielders and 13 forwarders.
The English Premier League youngsters Alex Iwobi of Arsenal and Kenechi Iheanacho of Manchester City are among the players.
Nigeria: Predicted line-up (4-4-2)
Carl Ikeme – Efe Ambrose, Elderson Echiejile, Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo – John Obi Mikel, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ogenyi Onazi, Etebo Oghenekaro – Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo.
EGYPT: Team News
The coach Hector cooper has included Arsenal’s new boy Mohammed El Nenny and Roma’s inform striker Mohamed Salah in his squad.
Egypt: Predicted Line up(4-4-2)
Essam El Hadary – Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Duiedar, Omar Gabe, Ramy Rabia – Hossam Ghaly, Mohamed El Nenny, Ibrahim Salah, Hazem Imam – Mohamed Salah, Abdallah Said.
NIGERIA vs EGYPT : Head-To-Head Stats
The two teams have played a total of 15 times which includes friendly games, all African games and African Cup Of Nations.
Nigeria have won most of the ties, wining 7 times, they have also lost 4 times to Egypt and both teams have shared the spoil 4 times.
Egypt have won 2 of their last 5 games against Nigeria, lost 1 and drew 2.
NIGERIA vs EGYPT: Predictions
The game could go either way, being that the two teams involved are among the football giants in Africa. Fourteen of the Fifteen games played between these two teams have recorded at least a goal and with their good form I predict an over 1.5 goals in the match.
Nigeria also have a good fan base at home and have a higher percentage win at home. A win for the Nigeria is very likely on Friday.
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