The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is one of the most competitive football competitions in Africa. It is also one of the most lucrative markets and provides punters with very high and rewarding odds.
While the competition has suffered from the poor organisation in the past, it has witnessed considerable progress in the past few seasons.
From the government-owned teams like Enyimba, Rangers and Kano Pillars, more private-owned clubs like MFM and Ifeanyi Uba are looking to compete favourably.
Due to the Pandemic leading to the abrupt cancellation of the league, Plateau United and Enyimba were the League’s representatives at the CAF Champions League. Similarly, Kano Pillars and Rivers United represented the country at the Confederation Cup.
With 23 matches played so far this season, Kano Pillars top the table with 44 points. The Kano-based team recently signed the Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa for the rest of the season to bolster their chances of winning the domestic title.
So far, some bet patterns have emerged in this season’s NPFL to help punters gain profitable rewards from their stakes.
Kano Pillars Home Win
Sai Masu Gida (The owners) as they are fondly called have made the Sani Abacha stadium a fortress in the last decade.
The Nothern-based club currently holds the longest unbeaten streak at home in the NPFL. This 202-game unbeaten run lasted 12 years and 63 days.
Until the advent of the Coronavirus which meant that teams played without fans, the former league champions boast of incredible following and support amongst the young and old in Kano. Their vociferous crowd make it one of the most difficult stadiums to play in.
40-year-old midfielder, Rabiu Ali remains one of the key players of the team with nine goals scored this season. The addition of Ahmed Musa in the attack gives them an increased chance of scoring more and winning. The leaders under Ibrahim Musa play some eye-pleasing football at home.
Kano Pillars has won 11 out of 12 home matches played this season. Hence, it rewarding for punters to stake on Pillars for a home win.
Kwara United Halftime Draw
Kwara United has been the surprise team of this NPFL season. The Ilorin-based team currently sit third on the table behind Kano Pillars and Akwa United.
They were top, playing some scintillating football and attracting plenty of following from football enthusiasts until March.
The club is coached by one of the youngest and innovative coaches in the country in Abdullahi Biffo. The former Katsina United manager is able to vary his approach and be pragmatic, especially during away matches.
Jude Stephen has continued to plunder the goals for Biffo’s men. He is the joint-second highest scorer this season with 8 goals.
This season, Kwara United has recorded 12 halftime draws in the league. This is a wise option for punters interested in the NPFL market.
Over 1.5 Goals in Games Involving Katsina United
Katsina United is having a season to forget after finishing comfortably in 10th position in the last campaign. They are just one point above Sunshine Stars in 18th position.
The defensive organisation of the Changi Boys has been utterly shambolic. They have the worst defensive record in the division with 32 goals conceded.
Henry Makinwa’s men are the whipping boys of the competition, especially on away grounds. They also do not score as many.
Katsina United has recorded an interesting tally of 15 over 1.5 games this term. This is a must-have option for punters interested in the NPFL market.
Goal/Goal In Games Involving Enyimba
Enyimba is one of the more successful teams in the NPFL. They have got the most visible sporting project in the country.
Season after season, they have consistently picked a spot to represent the Nigerian league at continental competitions. They made it as far as the CAF confederation cup’s quarterfinals before losing to the Pyramids of Egypt.
The squad depth of the club makes them very competitive and difficult to beat even on away visits. Victor Mboama, Tosin Omoyele and Austin Oladapo have been influential players for the Elephants.
Fatai Osho’s men lie in seventh place but with four games in hand. They have recorded 9 goal/goal matches this season.