Akwa United will be hoping to make it back to back wins when they travel to take on Kwara United. Kennedy Boboye’s team defeated the Abia Warriors last weekend, in what was their first win of the new sesaon. As for the hosts, Kwara will play just their their match of the new season on Wednesday, having picked up three points from their opening fixtures.
For those looking to bet on this Nigerian Professional Football League match, we have the latest team news and betting odds you.
Kwara United vs Akwa United Team Form
Kwara United started off the season in fine style, recording a 2-0 win on the road against Plateau United. However, they came crashing back down to earth with a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Rivers United on Sunday. Having finished the 19/20 season 19th in the NPFL standings, Kwara United know that they must find consistency, even at this early stage of the campaign. However, having scored two goals from two matches already, their attacking talent looks to have improved significantly from last season, where they scored just 13 all season.
Akwa United sit 11th in the standings ahead of kick-off, having won one, lost one and drawn one of their opening matches. A double from Ndifreke Udo Effiong was enough for United to claim all three points against the Abia Warriors at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Saturday last time out, helping them to bounce back from a narrow defeat on the road at Enugu Rangers.
Recent Results Kwara United
- Plateau Utd 0 2 Kwara United
- Rivers United 3 0 Kwara United
Recent Results Akwa United
- Akwa United 0 0 Akwa Starlets
- Enugu Rangers 1 0 Akwa United
- Akwa United 2 1 Abbia Warriors
Kwara United vs Akwa United: Team News
Goals from Jide Fatokun and midfielder Michael Ohanu handed Kwara United their win over Plateau United on gameweek 1, while veteran goalkeeper Dele Aiyenugba is likely to line up between the posts for the hosts, having returned to Nigeria after spending some 13 years in Israel. Manager Abdullahi Biffo admitted that his team were comfortably second best against Akwa United, meaning that changes could be made in midweek.
Mohammed Aliyu, Ejeh Isaiah and Afeez Nosiru were all bought into the starting XI at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium, with their inclusion on Wednesday being in doubt due to the result. Both Afeez Nasiru and Ejeh Isaiah will be certain to miss the clash with Akwa United, having been sent off against Rivers United.
Akwa United striker Effiong is undoubtedly the player to watch in this one, with the 22-year-old Nigerian international having scored an impressive 17 goals in 31 appearances since his move from Abia Warriors in 2019. The striker should have scored a hat-trick against Abbia, only to be denied by by the crossbar. Elsewhere, veteran Orok Akarandut is another key player for the visitors, with the striker having returned to Akwa ahead of the current season.
Kwara United vs Akwa United Betting Odds
Ahead of kick-off on Wednesday, many leading bookies are offering markets surrounding this NPFL match. Bet365 offer Kwara United odds of 1.60 to claim all three points at the Kwara State Stadium, while the same bookie ranks Akwa as outsiders, pricing them at 5.30. Meanwhile, a draw is available to back at odds 3.10 with Bet365. Elsewhere, for those looking to place a more accurate prediction surrounding the game, correct scoreline markets including 1-0 and 2-1 are available at Bet9ja too, coming in at odds of 4.35 and 9.20, respectively.
Kwara United vs Akwa United Betting Tip & Prediction
Having taken all factors into consideration, our top tip for the upcoming match between Kwara United and Akwa United is to bet on over 2.5 goals being scored. This market is available at appealing odds of 2.60 with Bet9ja, with both teams being better going forward than they are at the back. Such odds allow for significant earnings, even for those with smaller budgets.