Match Preview: Lobi Stars take on Nasarawa United in a River Benue derby

Nasarawa United and Lobi Stars square off in the Nigeria Professional Football matchweek 14 “River Benue derby clash at the Lafia City Stadium next Sunday evening knowing that victory will put clear distance between themselves and a fight for a continental slot.

 

Match Preview:

Nasarawa United is currently sixth in the league and on a two-match winning streak. The club sits five points trailing surprise package Kwara United, still with a match in-hand. With Rivers United and Plateau United playing this Wednesday, it’s a chance for both teams to know where they are heading into this match.

Despite loosing at the Agege Stadium on Monday to MFM FC who swim out of the drop zone for the first time this season and making their fifth defeat since their good start to the season. The Solid miners are still a point better than their regional rivals Lobi Stars.

Prior to making the trip to the Lafia City Stadium to face their regional rivals Nasarawa United, Lobi Stars had taken to the pitch 13 times in the current campaign, drawing 4 times and loosing 3 times this season in the NPFL, the Pride of Benue were among early title chasing pack this season, “The Pride of Benue” resurrect themselves at the Aper Aku Stadium last weekend against Katsina United 2-1 after loosing three games on a stretch.

A quickfire late strike from Ossy Martins redeemed their fate at home against the Changi Boys, after Adamawa United rallied round to force them to a 1-1 draw at the Pantami Stadium last Wednesday and proved to be the difference at Aper Aku Stadium, Kabiru Dogo impressed with how his lads remained in the game until the final whistle.

On the back of making multiple changes to his team, the former Sunshine Stars and Nasarawa United manager will also be satisfied that some of his players have clocked up some much-needed game time having regularly chosen a settled team.

It a big rivalry between this teams in recent years, Nasarawa United edged past Lobi Stars with a slim win 2-1 in the highly contested 2018/19 NPFL season and with a the same scoreline in the reverse fixture in Makurdi.

Nevertheless, collecting wins from Katsina United means that the Kabiru Dogo’s men can equally do the same against Nasarawa United this weekend with their new discover form and push for continental ticket after two seasons of absent.

 

Nasarawa United form:  WWWWDWDLLWLL

 

Lobi Stars form: WWWWLLDDDLLDW

 

Nasarawa United Lobi Stars played so far 16 matches.
Nasarawa United won 6 direct matches. Lobi Stars won 6 matches. 4 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.19 goals per Match.

Nasarawa United in actual season average scored 1.08 goals per match. In 5 (83.33%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (66.67%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Lobi Stars average scored 0.92 goals per match in season 2021. In 3 (50.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 2 (33.33%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

 

Previous Meetings

Lobi Stars 2-1 Nasarawa United

Nasarawa United 2-1 Lobi Stars

Nasarawa United 1-0 Lobi Stars

Lobi Stars 0-0 Nasarawa United

Lobi Stars 2-0 Nasarawa United

Nasarawa United 2-1 Lobi Stars

Nasarawa United 1-0 Lobi Stars

Lobi Stars 2-1 Nasarawa United

 

Last matches Nasarawa United

MFM FC 1-0 Nasarawa United

Nasarawa United 3-0 FC Ifeanyi Ubah United

Jigawa Golden Stars 1-0 Nasarawa United

Nasarawa United 2-1 Akwa United

Rivers United FC 2-0 Nasarawa United

Nasarawa United 1-2 Enyimba

Plateau United 1-0 Nasarawa United

Warri Wolves FC 1-2 Nasarawa United

 

Last matches Lobi Stars

Lobi Stars 2-1 Katsina United

Adamawa United 1-0 Lobi Stars

Lobi Stars 1-0 Kano Pillars

Heartland FC 2-0 Lobi Stars

Lobi Stars 0-0 Wikki Tourist

Kwara United 2-1 Lobi Stars

Lobi Stars 0-0 Abia Warriors

Enugu Rangers 0-0 Lobi Stars

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