NPFL Week 20 Previews: Dolphins host Pillars, Nasarawa visit Abia

The Nigeria league second stanza resumes as Abia Warriors host Nasarawa Utd as Dolphins welcome Pillars while Akwa United visit Sharks in the NPFL Week 20 fixtures on Sunday


The Seasiders are anxious to take their own pound of the flesh when they host the Crocodiles at the Warri Township Stadium on Sunday.

Warri Wolves that succumbed to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Kaduna United in the first stanza will after the Federation Cup exit focus on kicking-off the remainder of the season on a winning note against Kaduna United.

On the other hand, Kaduna United are not facing the best of time as they have made little or no changes since the break but will be hoping to give Paul Aigbogun's wards a good fight.

Warri Wolves are 7th on the log while Kaduna United sit in 18th position with 21 points.


The Restoration boys would strive to improve upon their first stanza’s outing with a comprehensive victory against the Ajilete boys at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin on Sunday.

Bayelsa United and Crown FC both played out a 2-2 all draw in a Week 19 encounter in Ibadan in the first leg and would slug it out in a reverse fixture for maximum points.

The hosts are yet to taste a league win in their last four matches since 1-0 win over Akwa United on May 21, while Crown FC are yet to pick an away point this season.

Both hosts and visitors shares the same points 24 from same 19 matches but Bayelsa sit above Crown in 16th position on goal difference.


The Ocendo Warriors must make use of home advantage to consolidate on their continental place bid against the visitors in a top table clash at the Umuahia Township Stadium in Umuahia.

Ladan Bosso’s wards despite their 3-1 defeat in Lafia still finished the first stanza on the high, a meteoric rise they will be desperate to hang-on to when they welcome Nasarawa United.

Similarly, Baba Ganaru's side would remain in top spirit to restart the second half the way they ended the first and could be out for a shocker in Umuahia.

Visitors and hosts occupy the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively – but Nasarawa United holds the edge with 31 points while Abia Warriors have 30 points from 19 games.


The Makurdi Bombers are prepared to avenge their defeat in Owerri with home victory over the Naze Millionaires at the Emmanuel Atongo Stadium, Katsina Ala on Sunday.

Lobi Stars lost 1-0 in their last game and first leg encounter at Heartland would desperately seize the chance to return to the top ten.

Heartland would anticipate continuing their impressive away form to give their league campaign a major boost.

Lobi Stars are 13th with 25 points from 19 matches, while visiting Heartland occupies the 10th spot with 27 points from 19 games.


The Akure Gunners would seek to return to winning ways upon their first game in the second stanza when the host bottom placed Nembe at the Akure Township Stadium on Sunday.

Sunshine Stars managed a 2-2 all draw at Nembe City in their first meeting this season and will be desperate to restart their campaign and zoom into the top half of the table.

Visiting Nembe City would have to sweat it out if they fancy coming out of Akure with a positive result. 

11 points separate the hosts from their visitors  as Sunshine are placed 11th with 27 points, while Nembe City are bottom  of the NPFL log after both played 19 games.


The Promise Keepers would embrace the opportunity to reactivate their title ambitions with maximum points against the Blue Angels at the Uyo Township Stadium on Sunday.

Akwa United won 1-0 at Sharks in Port Harcourt can compound the woes of the Gbenga Ogunbote in race for title with a home triumph in the Akwa Ibom capital.

Sharks would aspire for their first win in last four games and avenge their home defeat to Patrick Udoh’s side before the break.

Hosts Akwa United are 8th on the table with 28 points, while visiting Lobi Stars are Sharks 4th with 30 points from 19 matches.


The Pride of Rivers will hope for a victory in their biggest test in a bid to win a double this season as they welcome the league leaders at the Liberation Stadium on Sunday.

Stanley Eguma’s side are currently in the last 4 of the Federation Cup and would want victory at all cost to close in Kano Pillars at the top after they were spanked 3-1 in Kano before the break.

Dolphins are placed 9th on the table with 27 points from 19 matches, while Kano Pillars are league leaders.


The Flying Antelopes hope for revenge against visiting Borno Armies at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu on Sunday.

Enugu Rangers suffered a 1-0 loss at El-Kanemi Warriors need an outright victory to bring their fast-fading league campaign to life.

Enugu Rangers have 24 points from 19 matches in 16th position, while El-Kanemi Warriors are 12th with 26 points from same league games.


The Jos Elephant hope to resume the second stanza of the season with a home win when they welcome the People's Elephants at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos on Sunday which will be a dress-rehearsal for next week Wednesday’s semi-final match of Federation Cup between the title holders and debutants in Abeokuta.

Giwa FC held Enyimba to a 0-0 draw in Aba last time  but the visiting team have now snatched the elite division's newcomers’ ex-coach Kadiri Ikhana ahead of the second round resumption and will be anxious to record their first away win.

The hosts are placed 12th spot on the log with 25 points with the visitors occupying the fifth position with 29points from 19 matches.


The Pride of Jalingo could return to the top half of the table should they resume with a crucial home victory over the Savannah Scorpions at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo on Sunday.

Taraba FC suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at Gombe and must display winning mentality to restart their NPFL campaign with victory in the reserve fixture against Gombe United.

Visiting Gombe United would leverage on their seven fresh signings - though will miss the exit of its Belgian coach Maurice Cooreman in quest to spark suprises in Jalingo in race to preserve a topflight spot.

FC Taraba are placed 14th on the table with 25 points with Gombe United in the 19th position with 20 points.