The business side of the UEFA Euro 2016 has been breached and heavyweight matches are lined up for Saturday and Sunday.
In Bauchi, Wikki will hope to extend their surprise lead atop the NPFL table.
Germany vs. Italy @ Stade de Bordeaux @8pmon July 2
Germany have not beaten Italy in eight past tournament meetings and in their last four encounters. They have met in the knockout stages where the World champions have been knocked out.
But Antonio Conte’s Azzurri will be without suspended Thiago Motta and the injured Daniele De Rossi whereas Germany have their full squad to choose from.
How will it play out? Will Italy sit back and seek to hurt Germany on the counter or will there be a mighty jostle to dominate the midfield? All these questions will be answered on Saturday at the Stade de Bordeaux.
Recent form: Germany [W-W-D-W-W]; Italy [W-W-W-L-W]
Head to head
29/03/16 FRI Germany 4 – 1 Italy
15/11/13 FRI Italy 1 – 1 Germany
28/06/12 EUC Germany 1 – 2 Italy
09/02/11 FRI Germany 1 – 1 Italy
04/07/06 WOC Germany 0 – 2 Italy
Prediction: Germany 2-1 Italy
France vs. Iceland @ Stade de France @8pm on July 3
There are fairytales and there is the Iceland Euro 2016 fairytale. From nowhere, given no chance, with no football league and having less than 350,000 people, Iceland sent a team into Sunday’s quarter-final against France, hoping to keep their dream alive.
France cannot afford to underestimate the Icelandic challenge just as England did or else they will pay for it just as England did. Les Bleus have found it hard playing against massed ranks and that is the Iceland challenge. Lars Lagerback has got their defensive side and they are decent going forward with set pieces their major weapon. This should be the end of the Iceland journey but again this is football and unfortunately for France, they have always found it tough against the Whalers!
Recent Form: France [W-D-W-W-W]; Iceland [W-W-D-D-W]
Head to head
27/05/12 FRI France 3 – 2 Iceland
09/10/99 ECQ France 3 – 2 Iceland
05/09/98 ECQ Iceland 1 – 1 France
20/11/91 ECQ France 3 – 1 Iceland
05/09/90 ECQ Iceland 1 – 2 France
Prediction: France 2-1 Iceland
This is a match on a knife-edge and the talk all week has been on who would be the centre referee for this expected explosive encounter. With 23 matches played, Wikki sit atop the Nigerian Professional Football League table with 41 points, two ahead of Rangers, who are in second place.
A Wikki official said during the week that the only team they think could derail their title ambition is the Enugu-based side that is also chasing a title. It promises to be an exciting match with the winner winning more than just the three points.
Recent Form: Wikki [L-W-D-W-W]; Rangers [W-D-L-W-W]
Head to head
05/03/16 NPF Rangers 1 – 0 Wikki
02/09/15 NPF Rangers 2 – 0 Wikki
03/05/15 NPF Wikki 4 – 2 Rangers
08/09/13 NPF Rangers 1 – 0 Wikki
10/05/13 NPF Wikki 3 – 0 Rangers
Prediction: Wikki 2-0 Rangers
Two different stories for two teams promoted to the top flight at the same time. MFM have had a wobble or two recently but Ikorodu United have had a wobbly season and need to start getting things right immediately or they will have to face the stark truth of relegation. MFM are back on their victory terrain even though they lost their last home match and this one was supposed be played behind closed doors until the League Management Company (LMC) took cognisance of the scheduling of the live broadcast of Match Day 25 and has consequently lifted the closed gates sanction imposed on the Agege Township Stadium.
Recent Form: MFM [L-L-L-W-D]; Ikorodu [D-D-L-L-W]
Head to head
Sun 06/03/16 NPF Ikorodu United 0 – 0 MFM
Prediction: MFM 1-0 Ikorodu Utd