Enyimba players are said to be owed months of salaries, a situation that has adversely affected the morale of the players and fortunes of the team. Enugu Rangers are, conversely, buoyed to win a first league title in over 30 years. In the U.S., the International Champions Cup continues with an aggressive Chelsea confronting Real Madrid.
Enyimba vs. Enugu Rangers @ Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium @4pm on July 31
This is normally a very tight affair which will be made even tighter with the stakes so high. Rangers faltered last match day by picking up just a point at home to Lobi Stars while Enyimba’s poor road record continued with a dismal 2-0 loss in Jos to Plateau United.
With the match to be played in Port Harcourt, Rangers will be very positive that they can get all three points as they have shown that they are clinical away from Enugu in the last six weeks.
This one is too close to call but expect the better motivated [well paid] side to come out tops in this one. Enyimba still have two games in hand over the joint log leaders but they must ensure that slight advantage starts counting from Sunday.
Recent Form: Enyimba [L-W-L-W-L]; Rangers [D-W-W-D-W]
Head to head
27/03/16 NPF Enugu Rangers 2 – 1 Enyimba
02/08/15 NPF Enyimba 1 – 1 Enugu Rangers
19/07/15 NPF Enugu Rangers 1 – 2 Enyimba
10/08/14 NPF Enugu Rangers 1 – 1 Enyimba
16/03/14 NPF Enyimba 2 – 1 Enugu Rangers
Prediction: Enyimba 1-1 Rangers
Real Madrid vs. Chelsea @Michigan Stadium @8pm on July 30
Antonio Conte has warned Chelsea’s opponents this season that the Blues will be aggressive; so Zinedine Zidane knows what to expect. It could also afford Chelsea’s new manager see the likes of Eden Hazard in match mode for the first time. Madrid are champions of Europe and would like to show some class even though Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale would still be on summer leave.
Recent Form: Real Madrid [L-W-W-W-W]; Chelsea [W-W-L-D-D]
Head to head
08/08/13 ICC Real Madrid 3 – 1 Chelsea
27/08/98 USC Real Madrid 0 – 1 Chelsea
Prediction: Real Madrid 1-2 Chelsea
Shooting Stars vs. Sunshine @Adamasingba Stadium @4pm on July 31
Stars collide at the Adamasingba Stadium with both needing the three points very importantly. Shooting Stars can go as high as 12th place on the log if the other results go their way while Sunshine Stars need to keep up the pressure so that they can qualify for one of the continental slots. In Shooting Stars’ last match, they showed an attacking zeal, especially in the first half against Niger Tornadoes. Fans in the ancient city will be hoping they bring that form to the pitch against their western neighbours.
Recent Form: Shooting Stars [W-L-W-D-W]; Sunshine [W-L-D-W-W]
Head to head
27/03/16 NPF Sunshine Stars 2 – 1 Shooting Stars
06/09/15 NPF Shooting Stars 2 – 1 Sunshine Stars
10/05/15 NPF Sunshine Stars 2 – 0 Shooting Stars
08/09/13 NPF Sunshine Stars 3 – 0 Shooting Stars
08/05/13 NPF Shooting Stars 1 – 0 Sunshine Stars
Prediction: Shooting Stars 2-1 Sunshine Stars
PSG vs. Leicester @Stubhub Centre @5pm on July 31
This is the first-ever meeting between these two sides – but they will file into the Stubhub Center pitch as equals. PSG are Ligue 1 champions while Leicester City are EPL champions.
After the spot kicks win over Celtic, Claudio Ranieri would better gauge the preparedness of his side for the 2016/17 season with this clash.
PSG easily dispatched Real Madrid 3-1 last Thursday and they look ready for the new season especially the UEFA Champions League which they are really after.
Recent Form: PSG [W-W-W-W-W]; Leicester [W-W-W-D-W]
Prediction: PSG 3-1 Leicester
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