After starting the championship round with a draw and a loss, Lobi Stars will look to win their home clash against favorites Rivers United on Wednesday at 19:00 GMT.
Lobi Stars will look for their first win of the championship round at the third time of asking when they host Rivers. Lobi are already under pressure in this NPFL round, having gone two matches without winning.
Rivers made a flying start to their championship round with a 0-1 win away to Sunshine Stars, which gives them a distinct advantage early on. They will look to press home their advantage when they travel to Lobi on Wednesday.
Lobi Stars’ Championship-Round Opening Form
Lobi’s winless opening to the championship round will be worrying them ahead of hosting Rivers on Wednesday. They are under pressure to produce a good result, or they will be playing catch-up for the rest of the round.
The clash with Rivers will also be important because it is a home clash; Lobi need to start winning their home games to bolster their chances early on.
Lobi will also need to improve their attacking areas. In their first two matches, they have needed in a 0-0 draw against Bendel and a 0-1 loss against Enyimba. They have kept a clean sheet in the first and conceded one goal in the second one. However, they have not presented enough of a goal threat in these matches.
The gaffer needs to tweak the team to bring out the best of Lobi Stars in an attacking sense. Although their defensive solidity is important, they need to start creating and converting chances if they are to have an impact on the NPFL Championship round.Bet here
Rivers United are on A Good Run of Form
Rivers made a flying to the Championship round of the NPFL with a 0-1 away win at Sunshine Stars last Saturday. They will look to win at home against Lobi Stars after hosting Remo Stars on Monday.
Rivers will focus on getting the three points and applying pressure at the top of the table against early pacesetters Enyimba.
A home win will be important for Rivers to ensure that their form away from home can help distinguish their form and confidence in their abilities.
Rivers need to retain their current balance between defense and attack; it allows them to churn out clean sheets while retaining an attacking threat on the other end of the pitch. This balance will serve them well in Wednesday’s clash against Lobi Stars.
Lobi Stars will have the full complement of the squad to choose from ahead of the clash against Rivers.
The Rivers United manager will be able to pick the strongest side, bar resting and rotation, in the clash against Lobi. This will come as a boost as the chase for the NPFL crown heats up.
E. Daniel; E. Oyetoro, E. T. Agbaji, J. Orafu, S. Kwambe; C. Madu, A. Abdullahi, O. E. Chukwuka; S. Mubarak, B. Ovoke; U. Abba
A. Akande; E. G. Duru, T. Emekayi, N. Ndasi, E. K. Godswill; F. Williams, Y. Omotayo, C. Madu, J. Onoja; C. L. Ekeocha, N. Akpesiri; I. Francis
Lobi Stars will be the underdogs against Rivers United. They will look to be pragmatic in their approach. They will prioritize defensive solidity. They will defend deep and narrow, making it harder for Rivers to penetrate and control the match, especially in the final third.
Rivers will play with an extra player in the middle of the pack to control the match’s tempo. They will look to dominate possession and attack with an urgent passing rhythm designed to stretch the Lobi low bloc and create chances.
Rivers United will win the match and apply pressure at the top of the table.
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