Four matches to watch | FC Ifeanyi Ubah seek another win as Bilbao welcome Barcelona

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FC Ifeanyi Ubah vs. Wikki Tourist @FC Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium @4pm on Aug.28

The 1-0 away win over Warri Wolves for FC Ifeanyi Ubah gives a perfect backdrop to this meeting. Nikki lead the NPFL table with 50 points to their host’s 46. Eight points separate the first 10 teams on the table so any loss could mean a fall down the standings.

Chijioke Alakwe’s headed goal in the 37th minute was all they needed to get a win in Warri and they are going for a third consecutive win for the first time this season. The club’s team manager, Chidi Nwogu, said, “This club, is a work in progress and all hands are fully on deck to bring success to the team and that is in form of continental ticket, Federation Cup, and League trophy.” If they beat Wikki, it would be a step in that direction.

But Wikki are defiant that this season would be their year and they have proved over the season that they can get results on the road, which makes for a dicey encounter.

Recent Form: FC Ubah [W-W-L-W-D]; Wikki [W-L-W-D-D]

Head to head

24/04/16 NPF Wikki 3 – 0 FC Ifeanyi Ubah

21/10/15 NPF Wikki 2 – 1 FC Ifeanyi Ubah

28/06/15 NPF FC Ifeanyi Ubah 0 – 1 Wikki

20/11/05 NPF FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1 – 1 Wikki

18/06/05 NPF Wikki 2 – 0 FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Prediction: FC Ifeanyi Ubah 2-0 Wikki

Tottenham vs. Liverpool @White Hart Lane @12:30pm on Aug.27

Another match where bragging rights will be determined. After the opening 4-3 win at the Emirates, Liverpool have slumped 2-0 to Burnley and their third successive away game [Anfield is undergoing some renovations] makes this game a humdinger in just the third week of the new season.

Mauricio Pochettino knows that a win would kickstart another title charge while for Jurgen Klopp, another loss could see early question marks on his recruitment. Said Mane is back and should start with Daniel Sturridge leading the line. Pochettino could respond with a 4-4-2 formation to play on Liverpool’s seeming defensive frailties. Expect a very exciting match.

Recent Form: Tottenham [W-D-W-L-L]; Liverpool [W-L-W-L-W]

Head to head

02/04/16 PRL Liverpool 1 – 1 Tottenham

17/10/15 PRL Tottenham 0 – 0 Liverpool

10/02/15 PRL Liverpool 3 – 2 Tottenham

31/08/14 PRL Tottenham 0 – 3 Liverpool

30/03/14 PRL Liverpool 4 – 0 Tottenham

Average age of squad: Tottenham 24.1; Liverpool 24.2

Prediction: Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool

Lazio vs. Juventus @Stadio Olimpico @5pm on Aug.27

Lazio won their first game – a thrilling 4-3 win away to Atalanta but they can expect the visit of Juventus to show and teach the young Aquile side the art of defending. Lazio have not beaten Juventus in Serie A in 13 years and have not even scored against the consecutive five-time league champions.

Recent Form: Lazio [W-D-W-L-W]; Juventus [W-W-D-W-W]

Head to head

20/04/16 SEA Juventus 3 – 0 Lazio

20/01/16 COI Lazio 0 – 1 Juventus

04/12/15 SEA Lazio 0 – 2 Juventus

08/08/15 SUC Juventus 2 – 0 Lazio

20/05/15 COI Juventus 2 – 1 Lazio

Average age of squad: Lazio 24.4; Juventus 27.8

Prediction: Lazio 1-3 Juventus

Athletic Bilbao vs. Barcelona @7:15pm @San Mames on Aug.28

In the first match of the season, Barcelona scored six so the question is definitely how many they will score at the Cathedral? Or how many goals would Luis Suarez score after bagging three on matchday 1? Already this looks like a mismatch with Bilbao looking and trying to mitigate their loss with a hands-on defensive policy.

Recent Form: Bilbao [L-L-D-W-L]; Barcelona [W-W-W-W-L]

Head to head

27/01/16 CDR Barcelona 3 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

20/01/16 CDR Athletic Bilbao 1 – 2 Barcelona

17/01/16 PRD Barcelona 6 – 0 Athletic Bilbao

23/08/15 PRD Athletic Bilbao 0 – 1 Barcelona

17/08/15 SUC Barcelona 1 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

Average age of squad: Bilbao 26.6; Barcelona 26.2

Prediction: Bilbao 0-4 Barcelona

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