Enyimba vs Wikki Tourists Prediction: Nigerian Professional Football League Match on 03.04.2022
The tenth-placed Enyimba will play hosts to the seventh-placed Wikki Tourists in an NPFL fixture on Sunday at 16:00GMT at the Enyimba Stadium. Both teams will be looking to get their respective seasons in order in the run-in.
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Can Enyimba Get their First Win in Three NPFL Matches?
After a defeat and two draws, Enyimba will be looking to get back to winning ways to help them climb the NPFL table.
With a point separating Enyimba from Wikki Tourists, the home team will be looking to leapfrog their rivals with a win on Sunday.
Can Wikki Tourists Get Back to Winning Ways After a Loss and a Defeat in the NPFL?
Seventh on the table and 15 points behind league leaders Rivers United, Wikki Tourists’ for a title tilt are slim.
However, they retain hopes of climbing the table and challenging for qualification into next season’s CAF tournaments.
This underscores the driving force behind the remainder of the season and the motivation to win at Enyimba on Sunday.
Enyimba have won just one match in their last five outings in the NPFL. They have also lost and drawn twice in this run. They have collected five points and dropped 10 in this poor run.
Wikki Tourists have hauled seven points from the available 15 in their last five fixtures in the Nigerian league. They have won twice, drawn once, and lost twice in this run.
Possible Starting Lineups
Awazie, D. Ijeh, S. Kalu, A. Somiari, E. Ampiah, S. Adamu, V. Mbaoma, O. Ojo, B. Yakubu, A. Adeleke, P. Ozor
Egbe, A. Abdullahi, A. Abalaohu, P. Ambrose, M. Garba, S. Nasar, Baggio, I. Mayaki, N. Abiam, I. Usman, A. I. Aliyu
Players to Watch
With five goals and one assist in 16 appearances for Enyimba this season, Victor Mbaoma is a key player for the team’s season.
Enyimba have struggled in the NPFL this season, as highlighted by the anemic challenge for the league title and the fact that they are 10th on the table.
Mbaoma has been in the starting 11 of Enyimba this season 74 percent of the time, underscoring his central role in the squad. The 25-year-old forward has played 71 per cent of Enyimba’s league involvement and has participated in 43 percent of the goals.
Although Mbaoma mainly starts in the centre-forward position, his versatility allows him to play out wide, where he can use his pace and creative skills to help the team create dangerous situations in the opponents’ box.
Mbaoma will be crucial for Enyimba when they face Wikki Tourists on Sunday.
Abubakar Ibrahim Aliyu
Aliyu has been one of the main strikers for Wikki Tourists this season. He has appeared 14 times for the Tourists and scored three goals while assisting one.
Aliyu’s participation is underscored by the 68 percent of the time he has been in the starting 11 for Wikki Tourists. The striker has played in 68 percent of the Tourists’ minutes in the league this season.
Aliyu’s participation in goals is at 27 percent; this shows that he is a crucial part of Wikki Tourists attacking options. The 27-year-old is especially essential when Wikki are facing a low bloc and a team that defends deep.
His pace, physical presence, aerial prowess, and creative play are important tools for Wikki Tourists in navigating the different challenges in the NPFL.
Wikki Tourists’ Sunday clash with Enyimba will be a massive test, and Aliyu will be crucial in bolstering their chances of taking something from the Enyimba Stadium.
Enyimba will have the home advantage at the Enyimba stadium; they will be under pressure to perform and play on the front foot.
Most importantly, there is an expectation that they will get a favourable result against their close rivals on the table. Expect Enyimba to start brightly and put Wikki Tourists under pressure with a direct approach.
Wikki Tourists will seek to contain Enyimba’s early pressure, weather the storm, and muster chances through counterattacks, set pieces, and high balls behind for Aliyu to chase down.
A draw is the favoured rust for this clash on Sunday.
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