The second round of the 2019 Nigeria Women Premier League will resume this Wednesday, the 28th of August 2019 across all centres in the country.
Bayelsa Queens, Rivers Angels, Adamawa Queens and Confluence Queens all ended the first round of game on top of their groups. The second round of games promises to be exciting and thrilling as teams will be looking at their chances of qualifying for the glamorous Super 4.
There are eight(8) Nigeria Women Premier League games taking place on Wednesday. The biggest of the lot is surely the Sunshine Queens Vs Bayelsa Queens at the Ondo Sports Complex, Akure.
FC Robo will be hosting Delta Queens in Lagos, while the ‘Omoluabi Queens’ will welcome a very strong Rivers Angels side.
Elsewhere, Nasarawa Amazons will travel to Kaduna to play bottom side Kaduna Queens, the ‘Angels from the East’ will play against league leader Confluence Queens in Ntigha. Heartland Queens will play against Dreamstars Ladies in Owerri, while Edo Queens will play Adamawa Queens in Benin.
Nigeria Women Football League expert Olayinka Olawole is here with his weekly prediction and preview of the week four encounter of the NWPL.
FC ROBO VS DELTA QUEENS (Legacy Football Pitch, National Stadium, Surulere).
Delta Queens will go to Surulere and try to stifle them because they are very short of options going forward. Folashade Ijamilusi, Monday Gift and Chindinma Okeke all won’t be available for this encounter. I watched the highlight of their last game in Asaba and feel the team is very strong and will even be stronger at home without the three important trio. Tosan Blackson wants to win his first game with the ‘Okowa Ladies’ but it seems FC Robo have other plans.
Prediction: FC Robo 2 Delta Queens 1
IBOM ANGELS VS INVINCIBLE ANGELS (Uyo Township Stadium, Uyo)
Invincible Angels surprisingly defeated Ibom Angels 2-1 at the Aper Aku Stadium, Markudi. The ‘Orange Ladies’ are fired up for a victory in Uyo, as the pressure is on them to win. I think Ibom Angels will probably win this, but Invincible Angels will give a good fight against their opponent and perhaps give them a difficult time in front of their home fans.
Prediction: Ibom Angels 2 Invincible Angels 0
HEARTLAND QUEENS VS DREAMSTARS LADIES (Dan Ayiam Stadium, Owerri)
This will be a hard game for both teams. Heartland Queens are struggling and have scored just one goal in three matches. They got three players on loan from Champions Bayelsa Queens and I think this game will be so important for them, if they are to escape relegation. They will give their all against the ‘pride of Lagos’ having lost 3-0 at the soccer temple a two weeks ago.
Prediction: Heartland Queens 2 DreamStars Ladies 1
SUNSHINE QUEENS VS BAYELSA QUEENS (Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure).
A lot of players involved in this game are away on international duty and that seems to be a bit of a leveller. Bayelsa Queens won the Champions Shield some few days ago and are on top of their group with nine maximum points. Sunshine Queens lost narrowly in Yenagoa and knows they have to pick the maximum point in this encounter. I expect Anjor Mary and Jerry Joy to play and they will get down and pass it around and when they do, they will create more chances. It promises to be an interesting encounter.
Prediction: Sunshine Queens 2 Bayelsa Queens 2
OSUN BABES VS RIVERS ANGELS (Osogbo City Stadium, Osogbo)
Osun Babes are under a lot of pressure to win this encounter. They have got the advantage of being at home, but they will face a very good side in Rivers Angels who are sitting on top of the group A standings. The ‘Jewel of Rivers’ have done well this season winning two and losing narrowly to Delta Queens in Asaba.
Rivers Angels are without some of their key players and despite that did so well against Bayelsa Queens at the Champions Shield. If they fail to take their chances like they failed to against Bayelsa Queens, they might pay for it, but if they take them, i do not see them losing in osogbo.
I don’t see many goals in this encounter because there is so much pressure on both teams to perform.
Prediction: Osun Babes 1 Rivers Angels 0.
EDO QUEENS VS ADAMAWA QUEENS (University of Benin Sports Complex, Benin).
An important game for both sides, as they go ahead to ahead in the battle of who stays on top in Group B. Edo Queens are trailing Adamawa Queens by a point and a win for the ‘Obaseki Ladies’ means they will go top no matter what happens in the other game.
Edo Queens signed over five players in the mid season transfer and coach Adejoh definitely wants a win for his side. Adamawa Queens do not concede much especially on the road. It could be a difficult game for Edo Queens, but I still see them winning in this encounter.
Prediction: Edo Queens 1 Adamawa Queens 0
ABIA ANGELS VS CONFLUENCE QUEENS (Ginger Onwusibe Stadium, Ntigha)
This will be a hard game for Confluence Queens as Abia Angels are well determined to pick their second win of the season even after losing at least three players to bigger clubs during the mid season transfer.
However, despite this being a tough test, I do still see the Whyte Ogbonda’s side picking at least a point in Ntigha, because they are good defensively and good at taking their chances whenever they see one.
Prediction: Abia Angels 1 Confluence Queens 1
KADUNA QUEENS VS NASARAWA AMAZONS (Kaduna Township Stadium, Kaduna)
Kaduna Queens are bottom of the Group C after three games and are with no points. They will face another big challenge when the ‘Solid Babes’ comes visiting at the Kaduna Township Stadium on Wednesday evening. Nasarawa Amazons are depleted as most of their players are on national assignment, but they will be looking at picking maximum point in Kaduna so as to have their dreams of the Super 4 alive. Will Kaduna Queens pick their first victory in the league? Kick off is 4pm on Wednesday.
Prediction: Kaduna Queens 1 Nasarawa Amazons 2.