Nigeria Professional Football League 2021-22 predictions: season preview
Akwa United FC won the 2020-21 Nigeria Professional Football League title, for the first time in their history. The new 2021-22 NPFL season is contested among 20 teams. The squad with the most points at the finish gets the crown of the Nigerian Premier League. The season is bound to start on 17 December 2021 and is ought to be concluded on 22 July 2022.
The top 2 clubs in the leaderboard of the Nigeria Professional Football League get to play in the CAF Champions League. The third-placed franchise as well as the winner of the Nigeria Federation Cup are eligible for participation in the preliminary round of this Cup. In the case when the winner of the Nigeria Federation Cup finishes among the best three league teams, the runners-up of the Federation Cup take the other spot in the CAF Confederation Cup.
The bottom four at the end of the season are relegated to the Nigeria National League.
Akwa United are strong but will face a fitting competition in the 2021-22 NPFL season. Other teams were busy improving their squads during the transfer window, so this new coming season of the Nigeria Premier League is likely to bring us lots of football entertainment.
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Full list of teams participating in the 2021-22 Nigeria Professional Football League:
- Abia Warriors
- Akwa United
- Enugu Rangers
- Gombe United
- Kano Pillars
- Katsina United
- Kwara United
- Lobi Stars
- Nasarawa United
- Niger Tornadoes
- Plateau United
- Remo Stars
- Rivers United
- Shooting Stars
- Sunshine Stars
- Wikki Tourists
Enyimba is the most successful Nigerian club in history as they have won two CAF Champions League and eight Nigeria Championships. The Aba Warriors won the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League title but couldn’t defend the championship.
The Aba Warriors were third in the Nigeria Professional Football League during the 2021-22 season. Enyimba had 66 points in 38 games. The Aba Warriors won 18 games, drew 12 and lost eight games. Enyimba scored 41 goals and conceded 33 goals, with a difference of +8.
Enyimba thrashed Rahimo by two goals to one in the qualifying round of the CAF Champions League. The Aba Warriors were knocked out of this tournament by Al Merrikh in the first round as they suffered a 4-2 defeat.
Victor Mbaoma joined the club in 2019 and has been fantastic since then. The Nigerian international scored five goals in the Nigeria Professional Football League. Mbaoma has scored 10 goals in 29 appearances since joining the club, while bagging 13 goals in all competitions during the 2020-21 season. He is a very important player to the squad.
Other key players of Enyimba apart from Victor Mbaoma:
- Tosin Omoyele
- Reuben Bala Yakubu
- Emmanuel Ampiah
- Johnson Umah
Akwa United won their first-ever Nigeria Professional Football League during the 2020-21 season. The Promise Keepers topped second-placed Rivers United by five points.
Akwa United finished the 2020-21 season at the top of the table with 77 points. The Promise Keepers scored 53 goals while conceding the fewest goals in the league (24). They had a goal difference of +29. Akwa United won 19 games, drew 14 and lost five games in the 2020-21 Nigeria Professional Football League. In other tournaments, the Promise Keepers suffered a 0-1 defeat to Gateway in the very first round of the Aiteo Cup.
Abubakar Ibrahim Aliyu joined Akwa United during the last transfer window on a free move. He started his career in Nasarawa United and joined Kano Pillars before going abroad. Aliyu scored four goals for Start during the 2017-18 season before joining HamKam where he bagged five goals in 37 appearances. He is a great addition to the squad.
Other key players of Akwa United apart from Abubakar Ibrahim Aliyu:
- Ubong Friday
- Godspower Aniefiok
- Matthew Etim
- Orok Akarandut
Kano Pillars FC
Kano Pillars FC have won four Nigeria Professional Football League titles with the last one being in 2014. Sai Masu Gida finished sixth in the Nigeria Professional Football table during last season's campaign.
Kano Pillars finished with 64 points in 38 games. They scored 38 goals while conceding 29 goals with a difference of +9. Kano Pillars won 19 games, drew seven and lost 12 games during last season’s league campaign. Kano Pillars played in the 2020-21 CAF Confederations Cup after they won the last Nigeria Federation Cup.
Sai Masu Gida were knocked out in the preliminary round by ASC Jaraaf after they suffered a 1-3 defeat. Kano Pillars had reached the quarter-final of the 2021 Nigeria Federations Cup before they were knocked out by Sunshine Stars in the quarter-finals. They beat Smart City FC by four goals to two in the first round as they qualified for the second round of the competition. Kano Pillars won the second round against Kebbi United on penalties after they had played to a 0-0 in full-time. Pillars were knocked out by Sunshine Stars in the quarters.
Rabiu Ali is regarded as one of the greatest Nigeria Professional Football League players in history. The Nigerian international has been playing for the club since 2011, having spent 10 years with Kano Pillars. Ali won three league titles with the club. He was the third-highest goalscorer during last season’s league campaign: Ali scored 15 goals in the Nigeria Professional Football League, five goals behind the highest goalscorer. The Nigerian international has scored over 100 goals since he joined the club in 2011. Ali is the captain and the most important player in the squad.
Other key players of Kano Pillars apart from Rabiu Ali:
- Junior Lokosa
- Chinedu Udoji
- Abdullahi Musa
- Fahad Usman
Enugu Rangers (Rangers International Football Club)
Enugu Rangers have won the second most Nigeria Professional Football League titles with seven championships, the last one being in 2016. Rangers International have won six Nigeria Federation Cup trophies and are considered one of the greatest clubs in the country.
Enugu Rangers finished seventh in the 2020-21 Nigeria Professional Football League. They had 66 points in 38 games. Rangers International scored 43 goals while conceding 31 goals with a difference of +8. They won 18 games, drew eight and lost 12 during the last season. Rangers suffered a 0-1 defeat to Bayelsa in the first round of the Nigeria Federation Cup.
Christian Nnaji was the ninth-highest goalscorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League during the 2020-21 season. He joined the club from Udala FC in 2020 and has been incredible at the club since then. This youngster is one of the most adored Rangers’ players.
Other key players of Enugu Rangers apart from Christian Nnaji:
- Ejike Uzoenyi
- Kelvin Itoya
- Agu Kenechukwu
- Felix Ogbuke
- Ossy Martins
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The Nigeria Professional Football League is a very physical and intense league. The intensity of the Nigeria Premier League is due to the solid athleticism of its players.
Enyimba is a great example of what the league entails: after a change in management at the end of last season, their style of play has seen a major improvement. The Aba Warriors currently have an exciting offensive style of play. The team attacks in the unit and defends deep in the unit and likes to play through the middle of the park. Kano Pillars have a good striker in Rabiu Ali and love to play off him as Ali drops deep to allow wingers to push up.
Some teams prefer to sit back and defend tight as they can hit fast on counters while others tend to hold possession and dominate, occasionally finding spaces and creating chances.
That’s the kind of knowledge we use for Nigerian Premier Football League betting tips.
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- Goals scored and conceded
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- Shots on/off-target
- Shots conceded
- Levels of ball control
- Efficient actions of players
These Nigeria Premier League stats are used alongside head-to-heads, movements of the odds, current team and player form, the latest league news and rumours — everything here contribute to our objective Nigeria Professional Football League tips. Naija experts analyse probabilities of events derived from this data and check them against the odds to pick bets.
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