MFM v Enugu Rangers @Agege Stadium @7pmon Feb.24
MFM are in good form and in Stephen Odey, they have a striker scoring goals; while Enugu Rangers could have become a little weary after negotiating two games within three days and then flying to Lagos for a third match within six days.
Coach Imama Amakapabo has tried to instill more self belief into his players but MFM could prove too refreshed for the defending champions. The Olukoya Boys have not played any game since February 9, when they lost 1-0 away to ABS.
The first night game of the 2017 NPFL season promises to be a sell-out with the two teams capable of producing a worthy spectacle.
Current Form: MFM [L-W-W-D-W]; Rangers [W-D-D-L-D]
Head to head
01/09/16 NPF Enugu Rangers 1 – 0 MFM
06/04/16 NPF MFM 1 – 1 Enugu Rangers
Prediction: MFM 1-0 Rangers
Just seven months into his reign as Manchester United manager and Jose Mourinho has the chance to win a first trophy when he leads out his team against Southampton on Sunday at Wembley for the EFL Cup.
Mourinho has a pedigree in Cup finals – having led teams to 12 finals and won 10. The EFL Cup, formerly called the League Cup was also the first he won as Chelsea manager in 2004. For the Saints, their record against the Red Devils will be their driving spirit having beaten the Red Devils on two consecutive occasions at Old Trafford and the fact that games between both sides have been very tight affairs.
They are the underdogs but they have giant killers in their midst like new signing Manolo Gabbiadini; while manager Claude Puel is a wily old fox.
Current Form: Man Utd [W-W-W-W-D]; Southampton [W-L-L-L-W]
Head to head
19/08/16 PRL Man. Utd 2 – 0 Southampton
23/01/16 PRL Man. Utd 0 – 1 Southampton
20/09/15 PRL Southampton 2 – 3 Man. Utd
11/01/15 PRL Man. Utd 0 – 1 Southampton
08/12/14 PRL Southampton 1 – 2 Man. Utd
Prediction: Man Utd 3-1 Southampton
It is make or mar for this rejuvenated Inter Milan team under Stefano Pioli; but their opponents, Roma, are in good form led by Edin Dzeko, who has already scored 19 league goals this season
Former Nerazzurri, Beppe Bergomi, says Inter have to produce a perfect team performance to beat Roma on current form. The Giallorossi have scored four goals on three occasions in their last five games.
Inter are in fourth place on 48 points while Roma have 56 points – seven less than Juventus, who top the table.
Current Form: Inter Milan [W-W-L-L-W]; Roma [W-W-W-W-W]
Head to head
02/10/16 SEA Roma 2 – 1 Inter
19/03/16 SEA Roma 1 – 1 Inter
31/10/15 SEA Inter 1 – 0 Roma
25/04/15 SEA Inter 2 – 1 Roma
30/11/14 SEA Roma 4 – 2 Inter
Prediction: Inter 2-1 Roma
The stakes could not be higher this weekend for this encounter between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona with their forms very different. Barcelona are hanging on to the coat tails of Real Madrid in the race for the title while Atletico also have a sniff if they can start making up the current deficit.
Barcelona have been in bad form following their 4-0 loss away to PSG and then a struggle to beat Leganes last weekend 2-1; while their hosts have seemingly gotten stronger – winning their last two matches and scoring four goals in both.
They won 4-1 away to Gijon and then followed that win with a 4-2 win also away in the UEFA Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen.
Many have already written off Luis Enrique’s team but they seem to be able to do the business against Diego Simeone’s team, especially at the Vicente Calderon. But will this represent a turning point for the Catalans as the end of the season beckons?
Current Form: Atletico [W-W-W-D-W]; Barcelona [W-L-W-D-W]
Head to head
07/02/17 CDR Barcelona 1 – 1 Atlético
01/02/17 CDR Atlético 1 – 2 Barcelona
21/09/16 PRD Barcelona 1 – 1 Atlético
13/04/16 UCL Atlético 2 – 0 Barcelona
05/04/16 UCL Barcelona 2 – 1 Atlético
Prediction: Atletico 2-1 Barcelona