Alphas v Dannaz
These two sides met on the opening game of this season and it was on that fateful day that Dannaz announced themselves as the new ‘Top Dawgs’ in The SociaLiga. Dannaz FC’s trio of Joshua Obakimi, Onyeka Udeozor and Abiola Adebayo cut through the Alphas defense almost at will and they went 3-0 up inside 60-minutes in one of the most one-sided hour in SociaLiga history; Onyeka Udeozor’s the pick of the bunch. A late consolation goal for Alphas in the final 10 minutes of the game did very little to swing the momentum to the Wolves and it finished 3-1 to the debutants.
Fast forward 5 months and Dannaz have only gone and built on that solid opening display. They just had their winning/unbeaten streak snapped by Citizens but prior to that, they set a SociaLiga record of 4 consecutive wins to start the season, a feat never achieved before.
For Alphas, they did manage to pick up 4 wins from 4 games after the opening game defeat but now they’ve gone nearly 5 months without a league win and this rematch with Dannaz couldn’t have come at a worse period. Despite having a head to head advantage over Citizens which should see them feel the slightly more comfortable of the two (fighting for the final playoff spot), Alphas face an extremely angry Dannaz who desperately wanted to go the entire Regular Season unbeaten; a feat only Knights Ladies (twice) has been able to achieve in SociaLiga history. Reports suggested they didn’t exactly take the defeat quite well with manager, Danny Nazzal fuming at the complacency that was on display. Alphas would have to do it the hard way – The Guns Way™ – should they make it into the playoffs. They’ll have to hand Dannaz their second loss in a month.
Alphas aren’t exactly the most threatening side when it comes to their attack. Their 3 goals scored is the joint worse in the league alongside Citizens’. In fact, last season they only scored 3 goals all season bringing their total goals in the SociaLiga to a measly 6 in 15 games. In comparison, their opponents, Dannaz have almost twice that in 5 games; 11. The Wolf Pack would need to be on their most ruthless mentality if they are to achieve the seemingly impossible.
Saints v Citizens
After 15 long months, Citizens were finally able to come up with a win. Not just a win, a win against the hottest team this season, Dannaz FC. Now, they face the hottest in SociaLiga’s history; a slightly tougher test, some may agree considering a playoff spot is at stake.
While Saints have taken 7pts from 9 when they’ve face Citizens, they’ve had a few difficulties in those games. Their clash on Matchday 1 was a prime example of this. Saints goalkeeper, Dolapo Babalola had to be at his absolute best to limit the Citizens from scoring just once. The goal post also came to Saints’ rescue on two occasions in what was a frustrating encounter for the men in sky blue.
With momentum firmly in Citizens’ side, they’ll fancy their chances of completing an upset. For one, Saints have very little to play for as they’ve now turned their attention to preparing for the playoffs. While they’re a much stronger side that when they faced Citizens at the start of the season, they’re most likely going to shuffle the team and give starts to a few squad players in a bid to experiment a little. Saints have the most talented roster in the league by a distance so the quality of players available will barely take a hit. The chemistry might, though.
The game will also be a reunion of some sort for a few of players. Shahin ‘Benzema’ and Victot Eneji switched Citizens for Saints earlier this month while long serving Saints, Ini made the switch in the other direction in search of more minutes in the first team. An added spice for this undoubtedly spicy game.