Abia Warriors play host to table-toppers Plateau United in the NPFL on Sunday afternoon as Abdul Maikaba take the Tin city side to Umuahia Township Stadium.
The league leaders make the long trip across Nigeria holding eight points lead at the top of the standings and two points above Lobi Stars who are in the city of Uyo to engage 12th place Akwa United advantage over the chasing pack in the race for position.
After picking up three points from their home game against stubborn Warri Wolves, Abdul Maikaba’s side will face another difficult Umuahia based team side who hardly concede goals at home.
The Umuahia based team is regarded as one of the most difficult to crack at their home ground, with three home wins and four draws, Plateau United might face a very solid side this Sunday.
Despite the contrasting positions of the two clubs, Emmanuel Deutsch will be feeling frustrated with his squad’s inability to score enough goals at home against any opposition to maintain a solid home record this season. They will be looking to avoid last season result when Plateau United scooped a point away from their home ground.
However Plateau United form this season has been impressive, they had their moments against the host last season, scooping a point away from home and secured a full maximum point in Jos when Abia Warriors visited and it leaves the club looking over the shoulder to a group of teams who continue to match their own form.
Nevertheless, this represents an opportunity for Abdul Maikaba to show that opposition managers cannot always second-guess him, a trait which he needs to establish if he is to become a success in the dugout.
The form of Ibrahim Mustapha Guda, Bernard Ovoke, Umar Abba, Uche Owuasonanaya, Ibrahim Abubakar Babawo and Nimrot Silas has become a talking point with combined goals often. The talking point of the team is how they have managed to blend in Abdul Maikaba’s philosophy.
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Plateau United NPFL League form: WWWDWDLWDW
Abia Warriors possible starting lineup:
Uche Okafor; Obaroakpo Obarakpo, Perfait Jean, Innocent Gabriel, Isaac Emeka, Adekunle, Fatai Abdullahi, Odeh James, Bello Lookman, Ugwuka Emma, Jimoh Oni
Plateau United possible starting lineup:
Dele Ajiboye, Daniel Itodo, Amma Umar, Andrew Ikefe, Ibrahim Mustapha, Charles Henlong, Buahri Ibrahim, Bernard Ovoke, Nenrot SilasOche Selifu Ochowechi
Last matches Abia Warriors
Wikki Tourist 1-1 Abia Warriors
Abia Warriors 2-1 Jigawa Golden Stars
Lobi Stars 1-0 Abia Warriors
Abia Warriors 1-1 Akwa Starlets
Rivers United FC 0-0 Abia Warriors
Abia Warriors 1-0 MFM FC
Adamawa United 1-0 Abia Warriors
Last matches Plateau United
Plateau United 1-0 Warri Wolves
Plateau United 5-1 Ifeanyi Ubah
Heartland Owerri 1-0 Plateau United
Plateau United 0-0 Kano Pillars
Kada City 1-3 Plateau United
Nasarawa United 1-1 Plateau United
Plateau United 2-1 Wikki Tourist
Jigawa Golden Stars 0-1 Plateau United
Plateau United 3-1 Lobi Stars
Head To Head
Plateau United 1-0 Abia Warriors
Abia Warriors 1-1 Plateau United
Plateau United 2-2 Abia Warriors
Abia Warriors 1-0 Plateau United
Abia Warriors 2-1 Plateau United
Plateau United 2-1 Abia Warriors
Abia Warriors 0-1 Plateau United
Teams Abia Warriors Plateau United played so far 8 matches.
Abia Warriors won 2 direct matches. Plateau United won 3 matches. 3 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.13 goals per Match.
Abia Warriors in actual season average scored 1.03 goals per match. In 10 (62.50%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (31.25%) matches in season 2019 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.
Plateau United average scored 1.06 goals per match in season 2019. In 7 (43.75%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (25.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.