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Will the home loss go round in the NPFL this season

24 August 2015, 18:14

Lagos - As the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) continue to gain more interest, records have been shattered, increased turnout at match venues has been recorded, while the confidence level amongst the fans has been amazing.

Compared to the 25 wins on the road in the NPFL last season, 24 wins have been recorded as at week 25 this term with the biggest being the home loss of Kano Pillars at their home ground, Sani Abacha Stadium at which they've gone 202 matches without losing a match since June 21,2003.

13 teams competing in the NPFL have lost at least once at home while 16 teams have also won the road.

FC Taraba who are cooling off at the base of the NPFL log and Heartland FC in the second week recorded the first set of wins on the road; FC Taraba stunned Akwa United 1-0 in Uyo while Heartland defeated 3SC 2-1 at the Lekan Salami to open a wave of wins on the road this term.

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As at week four, Kwara United, Rangers and Abia Warriors all lost at home to Heartland, Giwa and Wikki Tourist respectively. The trend continued in week five when both FC Taraba and Heartland lost at home to Enyimba and Abia Warriors. Heartland again lost to Sunshine at home in week seven.

As the excitement continued to build, Dolphins and Abia Warriors lost at home in week nine while in week 12 to 15, FC Taraba, Warri Wolves, El-Kanemi Warriors, FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Kwara United have all lost at home.

Between week 17 to 19 more teams lost at home; Rangers 1-2 Enyimba, FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-2 Kwara United, FC Taraba 1-2 Warri Wolves, Kwara United 0-1 Sharks.

3SC continued in the second stanza after a 3-1 modest win on the road over Heartland in week 22, Rangers and Kwara United increased the number of home losses in week 23. 

The biggest win on the road was recorded in week 25 when Nasarawa United defeated Kano Pillars in Kano, thereby breaking their 12 years unbeaten home run. In that same week Sharks also won at Oghara against Bayelsa United. 

With eight more games till the end of the season, pundits still expect more wins on the road because of the hot chase at the top of the log while the battle for survival to avoid relegation might also produce some dramatic finish to the season.

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