NPFL Week 19 Previews: Sharks host Akwa, Bayelsa visit Crown

Leaders Sharks host Akwa United as Bayelsa Utd visit Crown while Wolves travel to Kaduna with two games suspended in the Nigeria Premier League


The Crocodiles will after two successive away defeats rally for a return to winning ways when they host the Seasiders at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on Sunday.

Kaduna United recorded two losses in their last two games; 4-0 at El-Kanemi Warriors and 1-0 at Rangers must work hard for the maximum points to improve their statutes in the league at home against Warri Wolves.

Visiting in-form Paul Aigbogun’s side that are without a win in four consecutive matches  will be hopeful on claiming their second away win of the season at Kaduna United.

Hosts Kaduna United currently occupies 18th with 18 points from 18 games, while their visitors Warri Wolves have 25 points in 8th position both from 17 games.


The Ajilete boys would aim for the maximum points against the struggling Restoration boys to avoid dropping to the relegation zone at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan on Sunday.

The Ogbomoso based club will be desperate to add to the calamity of the Yenegoa side who have recorded defeats in their last four matches against Dolphins, Lobi, Heartland and Warri Wolves.

With Crown FC seeking to improve on their poor place, players of visiting Bayelsa United who just had management and coaches sacked will anticipate upstaging their hosts to redeem their campaign.

Crown placed 16th have 23 points from 18 matches and sit one spot above visitors Bayelsa United who have 20 points from 16 matches.


Leaguer leaders, the Blue Angels must welcome the chance to extend their lead at the top against the struggling Promise Keepers at the Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt.

Sharks who are 76-day-old atop of the table since April 23 suffered their worst defeat of the season in their 4-1 loss at Pillars Stadium on Wednesday.

Gbenga Ogunbote’s team will be desperate to rediscover their winning momentum against Akwa United that are also hoping to overcome their 4-1 bashing in the hands of newcomers Abia Warriors in the midweek. 

Patrick Udoh’s ward would need to get a positive result if they want to avoid finishing the first round in the second half of the table. 

Visitors Akwa United are 1othwith 25 points from 18 matches, while hosts and NPFL leaders Sharks have 30 points from 18 matches.


The Naze Millionaires would relish continuing on their new found impressive form against the Markudi Bombers at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri on Sunday.

Heartland’s change of club boss seem to be paying off after playing three straight matches without a loss including an incredible 4-3 win at Bayelsa United and 2-2 draw at Sunshine Stars.

Owerri based club would hope to feast on Lobi Stars to finish in the top ten while poor Evans Ogenyi’s visiting team seek their first away point of the season.

Heartland have 24 points from 18 games while travelling Lobi Stars are placed 11thwith 25 points.


The Savannah Scorpions would be banking on home supports to get past the Pride of Jalingo for the first time in an all-northern clash at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi on Sunday.

On Wednesday, Gombe United lost 2-0 at Enyimba to complete seven matches without a win since hammered Nembe City 6-0 exactly a month ago would have to play for the maximum points to save Coach Maurice Cooreman’s fast fading face in Gombe.

Visiting FC Taraba would hold dreams of getting their first three points away from home at Gombe United to add to the misery of its drowning host.

At home Gombe United sits in 19th position on the log with 17 points from 18 matches, while visitors FC Taraba have 25 points from the same matches in 12thspot.


The Solid Miners would be determined going into the break on the high with victory over the Ocendo Warriors at the Lafia Township Stadium, Lafia on Sunday.

Nasarawa United that earned an away point in a 0-0 draw at Nembe City will welcome high-flying visiting Ladan Bosso’s side for an epic top ten clash, though back-to-back title winning coach Baba Ganaru will expect his lads add Abia Warriors to their many victims.

Umuahia based visitors will leverage on their impressive away records this season with eight away points – tie with Kano Pillars to stun the host in Lafia.



The Kala Ekulema Boys will hope to give their top flight survival a boost with maximum points when they welcome the Akure Gunners at the Krisdera Township Stadium, Omoku.

On Wednesday, Nembe City failed to win again as they were held at home to a goalless draw by Nasarawa United. On-the-road, Sunshine Stars that dropped points at home in a 2-2 draw with Heartland will be condemned to win at Omoku to make up for their wastes.

Sunshine have 26 points from 18 matches and are placed 9th with Nembe City at the base of the table with 15 points from the 17 matches.


The People's Elephants would seek to consolidate on their position with outright victory when they host former Coach Kadiri Ikhana’s Jos Elephants in a clash of the Elephants at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba on Wednesday.

Enyimba recorded a 2-0 home win over Gombe United on Wednesday and will be aiming to make it two consecutive home win to strengthen their title bid going into the mid-season against the Jose based club that earned 2-0 victory over Giwa.

Visiting Giwa FC will be required to put up a strong fight if they fancy an away result in Aba.

Enyimba are 3rd on the NPL table with 28points from 18 matches, while guests Giwa FC are placed 8th with 27 points from 17 matches.