The leaders go to Jalingo on Saturday as Sai Masu Gida host Enyimba in Kano, while Crown face Akwa in Uyo when NFPL matches take centre stage this weekend
Saturday, May 31st
FC TARABA VS SHARKS - Jalingo
The Pride of Jalingo will be desirous of redeeming their fast fading pride against the league leaders at the Jalingo City Stadium on Saturday.
FC Taraba who lost 2-0 at Crown FC would expectedly be seeking nothing less than victory against Sharks that defeated Abia Warriors 2-1 to remain unbeaten in their last ten consecutive games.
Gbenga Ogunbote's side ambition would be at upstaging their hosts in quest to preserve the excellent form and leadership status.
FC Taraba with 22 points in 16 matches are placed 10th, while visiting table toppers have 30 points from 16 matches.
GIWA VS NEMBE CITY - Jos
The Jos Elephants would be in high spirit to tear apart their visitors the Kala Ekulema Boys at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos on Saturday.
Giwa who is currently now under the supervision of Coach Kadiri Ikhana recorded a 2-0 defeat in his first game in charge in the hands of El-Kanemi Warriors.
Visiting Nembe City would also anticipate pulling off their second away draw or first away win at Jos after managing a 1-1 home draw against Kano Pillars on Wednesday.
Giwa FC placed 14th with 18 points from 13 matches, while visitors Kaduna United sit in 18th with 15 points from 14 games.
SUNSHINE STARS VS EL-KANEMI WARRIORS – Akure
The Akure Gunners would hope to prop up with an outright victory against the Borno Armies at the Akure Township Stadium on Saturday.
Sunshine Stars recorded a 2-0 defeat at Kaduna United must garner enough confidence to outwit their visitors El-Kanemi Warriors who humbled the newly appointed Kadiri Ikhana’s Giwa FC 2-0 last Wednesday.
Coach Henry Abiodun’s side must be alive to ensure a crucial win over El-Kanemi Warriors as visiting Salisu Yusuf’s side would have to work extra to upset their host in Akure.
Sunshine Stars have 22 points from 16 points lies is 7th spot, while on the road El-Kanemi Warriors are placed 14th with 20 points from the same games.
DOLPHINS VS LOBI STARS – Port Harcourt
The Pride of Rivers would stake their pride for nothing fewer than the maximum points against the Markudi Bombers at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt on Saturday.
On Wednesday in Aba, Mfon Udoh's goal condemned Dolphins to a 1-0 defeat against Enyimba, but the Stanley Eguma's boys will be hungry to reactivate their top-table ambition.
Visiting Lobi Stars that enjoyed a 2-0 home win over Bayelsa United, with goals from Terkai Melai and Audu Seriki will hope bath host in their own oceans.
Hosts Dolphins are placed 11th on the table with 21 points from 16 matches while visiting Lobi Stars are fourth with 25 points from 16 matches.
BAYELSA VS HEARTLAND - Benin
The Restoration boys can gradually restore their own aspirations of returning to the continent again with home victory against the Naze Millionaires at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin on Saturday.
Bayelsa United who slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Lobi Stars in a midweek encounter will host Heartland whose Bright Ejike was the hero in its 1-0 home win over Akwa United.
On the other hand, Heartland will have to build up on the confidence gained from their home victory over the Promise keepers to come out of Benin with a positive result.
Bayelsa United and Heartland are both tied on 20 points, though hosts occupy 16th position from 14 matches, a place behind visitors Heartland who have played 16 games.
Sunday, May 1st
ABIA WARRIORS VS GOMBE UNITED - Umuahia
The Ocendo Warriors can prop up to the top half of the table with a home victory over the Savannah Scorpions at the Umuahia Township Stadium in Umuahia.
The Ladan Bosso’s wards failed to halt the table toppers Sharks unbeaten run as they fell to a 1-0 defeat in Port Harcourt, while visiting Muarice Cooreman’s Gombe United would seek to make a quick recovery from their shambolic campaign without a win in last five games.
Abia Warriors currently on 13th position with 18 points from 13 games but are two points and seven places behind visiting Crown FC who have played 14 matches.
ENUGU RANGERS VS KADUNA UNITED - Enugu
Troubled Flying Antelopes would hope to avoid another home slim when they host the Crocodiles in a relegation battle at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu on Sunday.
Enugu Rangers who have their players protesting over unpaid wages, sign-on fees among others suffered a 2-0 loss at Nasarawa United to drop into the relegation zone and must win against the newly installed Coach Saleh Barnabas’ side to get out of the drop zone.
Enugu Rangers and Kaduna United are both within the bottom three with same 18 points and 16 matches – but the host is placed 18th while visitors occupies the 19th spot.
AKWA UNITED VS CROWN FC - Uyo
The Promise Keepers will consider the chance to regain their winning against the Ajilete boys at the Uyo Township Stadium on Sunday.
Akwa United who were defeated 1-0 at Heartland would expect another overwhelming support from its fans and most importantly Governor Godswill Akpabio to see off the visiting Crown FC who holds the worst record on the road having not scored away from home.
Lawrence Akpokona’s side would dreams to conquer all odds to get their first away point of the season at Akwa United.
Hosts Akwa United are seventh on the table with 20 points while visiting Lobi Stars are third with 16 points – both sides from 14 matches.
KANO PILLARS VS ENYIMBA - Kano
The reigning champions would hope to extend their unbeaten run to eight against the defending Federation Cup kings at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Sunday.
Kano Pillars who picked their six away points in 1-1 draw at Nembe City thanks to Rabiu Ali’s goal must earn a crucial win to boost their title contention against Enyimba who are also yet to loss in their last four games.
Visiting Enyimba who defeated Dolphins 1-0 courtesy of Mfon Udoh’s goal in Aba will anticipate getting their first win or fifth draw away at Kano.
Hosts Kano Pillars are currently 6th on the log with 22 points from 15 matches, while visitors Enyimba are placed 3rd with 25 points from 16 matches.
WARRI WOLVES VS NASARAWA UNITED - Warri
The Paul Aigbogun’s lads will after handed three matches ultimatum, be desperate for maximum points against the Solid Miners at the Warri Township Stadium on Sunday.
Warri Wolves despite recording a draw at Gombe United had their coaching crew and players given three-match deadline to sit-up beginning from this weekend’s encounter with Nasarawa United who won 2-0 comfortably at home against Enugu Rangers.
The Seasiders would no doubt lack fire powers with the availability of top goals scorer Gbolahan Salami with five and return of last season top scorer Etebo Oghenekaro from botched trails abroad required to devour the Blue Angels.
Nasarawa United currently occupy the 2nd position with 27 points, while their hosts have 20 points on 5th position both from 14 games.