Seventeenth-placed Niger Tornadoes will be seeking to bolster their position on the table when they host fourteenth-placed Lobi Stars at the Kwara State Stadium on Wednesday at 14:30GMT.
Can Niger Tornadoes Bounce Back to Winning Ways at Home to Lobi Stars?
Niger Tornadoes are just two points above the relegation zone in the NPFL; their focus in the clash with Lobi Stars will be to get the points they need to avoid the drop in the remaining six matches this season.
Niger Tornadoes will also focus on the fact that a win will lift them above Lobi Stars on the table since the latter are just a point above Wednesday’s hosts on the NPFL table.
They will also be looking to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of Sunshine Stars in their previous match.
Can Lobi Stars make it Five Matches Unbeaten in the NPFL?
Lobi Stars are just three points above the relegation zone with six matches remaining in the season; this means that the Stars are not safe yet, and there is a need to get points on board to enhance their survival chances in the NPFL.
The clash with Niger Tornadoes will be a six-pointer for the two teams; this is because the winner will get further away from the relegation zone while the loser will be in danger of being drawn into the bottom three.
With Lobi Stars playing away from home at the Kwara State Stadium, they will be forced to play as the underdogs as they focus on solidity, defensive soundness, and ensuring that Niger Tornadoes are not given easy chances during the matches.
Niger Tornadoes have been in poor form in recent matches as they struggle to beat the drop in the run-in.
The Tornadoes have won just two matches in their last five outings in the NPFL while losing three. This means they have won six points while dropping nine in the process.
In this run of five matches, Niger Tornadoes have kept just one clean sheet in the 1-0 in over Gombe United; the other win in this run was the 2-1 triumph over Enyimba on June 5th.
They have conceded six goals in this run while scoring four in the process.
Lobi Stars have experienced an upturn in form in recent matches. They are unbeaten in their last four outings in the NPFL.
Over the last five outings, Lobi Stars have won twice, drawn two times, and lost once. They have hauled eight points and dropped seven points in the process.
The Stars have kept two clean sheets in this run, which were both 0-0 draws against Sunshine Stars and MFM in the NPFL.
Lobi Stars have scored six goals in this run while conceding four. The last time they lost it was against Enyimba, with the match finishing 2-1 in favour of the home side.
Possible Starting Lineups
Lucky; G. Wassa, S. Akinmoladun, A. Adebayo, S. Odeh; Y. Alfa, C. C. Ufere, C. Lolo, T. Zenka; I. Munir, E. Asamoah-Frimpong; Y. Adamu
Lawrence; M. Bashiru, A. Chil, E. Olisema, F. Salifou; D. Tyavkase, D. Achiv, O. Duke; S. Bassey, O. Martins, S. Carlos
Players to Watch
Adamu will be tasked with sparking Niger Tornadoes as they go looking for the decisive goals that will bolster their chances of survival.
The striker is clinical in front of goal, has the physical attributes to lead the line, and the pace to get behind defences. He will be crucial in the clash with Lobi Stars.
The striker provides a cutting edge for Lobi Stars in the NPFL. His directness, pace, and scoring abilities are important aspects for Lobi Stars as they seek to beat the drop.
With the match expected to be largely defensive and cagey, Martins will provide a crucial spark of pace and urgency in the Lobi Stars’ play.
Niger Tornadoes and Lobi Stars will adopt a conservative approach to the game with both teams trying to avoid defeat.
A cagey match will mean that a draw is the most likely result, which will not help the teams in their fight to move away from the relegation zone.
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