4 matches to watch: Rangers have to dim Sunshine in Nigeria


Enugu Rangers vs. Sunshine Stars @7pm@Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on September 16

Another Friday night match for Rangers and this one is a must-win encounter if they want to get their hands on the league trophy. With just three matches to end the Nigeria Professional Football League season, Rangers are poised to break their 32-year-old hoodoo.

With just four points separating these two cr would put them in a position to win the title so there is a lot to play for, which should make this very interesting to watch.

Recent Form: Rangers [L-W-W-L-L]; Sunshine [W-L-D-L-W]

Head to head

11/05/16     NPF    Sunshine      2 – 1   Rangers

04/11/15     NPF    Sunshine      5 – 1   Rangers

28/06/15     NPF    Rangers       1 – 0   Sunshine

23/08/14     NPF    Sunshine      2 – 1   Rangers

06/04/14     NPF    Rangers       0 – 0   Sunshine

Prediction: Rangers 2-1 Sunshine

Chelsea vs. Liverpool @8pm @Stamford Bridge on Sep. 16
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These two teams have met more times in the last 10 years that this fixture has become almost a local derby even though there is several kilometres between Anfield and Stamford Bridge.

The Blues will be without John Terry, who hurt his ankle against Swansea last Sunday, which sees re-signed David Luiz in line for a second debut. Liverpool have visited White Hart Lane and the Emirates with a return of four points. In those two matches, Jurgen Klopp’s men scored first. What has let Chelsea down in the league this season seems to be a killer instinct to kill off teams when they are on top but if they make this mistake again on Friday, they would likely lose!

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

Head to head

28/07/16     ICC     Chelsea      1 – 0   Liverpool

11/05/16     PRL    Liverpool     1 – 1   Chelsea

31/10/15     PRL    Chelsea       1 – 3   Liverpool

10/05/15     PRL    Chelsea       1 – 1   Liverpool

27/01/15     LEC    Chelsea       1 – 0   Liverpool

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

Inter Milan vs. Juventus @5pm @San Siro o Sep. 18

There are two sides to this match – Inter started last season like a house on fire but had to settle for the fourth position at the end while Juventus started poorly but went on an unimaginable run that culminated in them winning the league by nine points. But this season, they have three out of three while Inter are looking for consistency under new manager, Frank de Boer. In midweek, Juventus were held to a 0-0 score line even though they created many scoring chances but Inter lost at home in the UEFA Europa Cup 2-0 to Hapoel Be’er Sheva, which then begs the question – which Inter will show up on Sunday? Inter have scored just three goals in their three matches – all by Mauro Icardi, so one sure bet is Icardi scoring again but Inter losing.

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

Head to head

02/03/16     COI     Inter Milan  3 – 0 P Juventus

28/02/16     SEA    Juventus      2 – 0   Inter Milan

27/01/16     COI     Juventus     3 – 0  Inter Milan

18/10/15     SEA    Inter Milan  0 – 0   Juventus

16/05/15     SEA    Inter Milan  1 – 2   Juventus

Prediction: Inter 1-3 Juventus

PSV vs. Feyenoord @1:30pm @ Philips Stadion on Sep.18

Feyenoord’s last loss was against PSV in the Super Cup but a 1-0 win over Manchester United on Thursday must mean that the players are in buoyant mood. On the other hand, PSV lost 1-0 at home to Atletico Madrid so they need a pick-me-up and what better way than to hand Feyenoord their first loss of the season. Feyenoord lead the Eredivisie with 15 points, two more than PSV – which makes this match more intensely important.

Recent Form: PSV [L-W-D-W-W]; Feyenoord [W-W-W-W-W]

Head to head

31/07/16     SUC    Feyenoord    0 – 1   PSV

17/01/16     ERE    Feyenoord    0 – 2   PSV

30/08/15     ERE    PSV          3 – 1   Feyenoord

22/03/15     ERE    Feyenoord    2 – 1   PSV

17/12/14     ERE    PSV          4 – 3   Feyenoord

Prediction: PSV 2-2 Feyenoord

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