NPFL Matchday 30 Preview: Battle of the Stars, Derby Delights & Relegation Tears

All eyes will be on the battle of the stars and Akwa United in the NPFL.

NPFL Matchday 30 Preview: Battle of the Stars, Derby Delights & Relegation Tears

Izuchukwu Akawor 09:36 - 15.04.2024

Shooting Stars seek revenge, Akwa United aim to soar as title race and derby day delights take centre stage on NPFL matchday 30.

After multiple postponements from the powers that be, the NPFL returns for matchday 30 on Tuesday. 

Ahead of what is an action-packed matchday, here are some of the must-watch and follow clashes and what to expect from the NPFL.

Battle Of the Stars 

An in-form Shooting Stars host joint-leaders Lobi Stars in the standout encounter for week 30 in the NPFL. 

The stakes couldn't be higher for this particular fixture with both Stars fighting for tangible targets this season. 

Christian Pyagbara of Shooting Stars is the man to watch. (Photo Credit: Shootingsc/X)

Lobi are in a heated title race with Rangers International of Enugu while Shooting Stars, known as Oluyole Warriors, are looking to pick a ticket to a CAF competition. 

The Pride of Benue, Lobi, won the reverse fixture 2-1 and Shooting will be hungry for revenge at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan. 

Akwa United Vs Niger Tornadoes 

This is another super clash in the NPFL that you cannot afford to miss out on. 

Former champions Akwa are battling against time to avoid relegation from the NPFL and will need to stop the in-form Tornadoes. 

Sani Suleiman and his club Chairman, Elder Paul Bassey, will want to recreate this image at home. (Photo Credit: Akwa United)

Niger have found form at the right time, having won three of their last three matches in superb style. 

The Minna-based side scored 10 goals in that time, including putting Bendel Insurance to the sword in Benin City. 

Niger Tornadoes are in their best shape ever.

United must avoid another defeat after losing back-to-back matches in The NPFL and also the reverse game in Minna. 

Other NPFL matches: Derbies 

Elsewhere, all eyes will also be on other title contenders in the football league.

Enugu Rangers enjoyed a historic outing at Doma United.
Enugu Rangers looking to hold on to their lead. (Photo Credit: Enugu Rangers/X)

Current leaders on goal difference, Rangers host Abia Warriors in another chapter of the Oriental derby. 

Another Oriental Derby will see defending champions Enyimba welcome relegation-threatened Heartland to Aba. 

Enyimba returns to the top of the NPFL table after an emphatic win.
Enyimba need another Mbaoma magic in Aba.

In Lagos, it is also derby day in the Southwest as NPFL newbies Sporting Lagos host their final derby day of the season. 

The Tech Boys welcome Sunshine Stars to the lush Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan Stadium. 

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