Action continues this weekend with an Oriental Derby between Rangers & Enyimba, while Pillars visit Sunshine and Lobi face Sharks in the week 22 matches – reverse of Week Two ties
RANGERS VS ENYIMBA - Enugu
It's the first Oriental derby of the second stanza as the Flying Antelopes welcome the People's Elephant at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu on Sunday.
Enugu Rangers will be extra motivated to record a home victory after their a 2-1 defeat at Nembe City and first leg loss at Enyimba to revive their fast-fading league campaign.
However, Enyimba will be hoping to show some fighting spirit needed to end the season on the high as they still chase their first away victory of the season.
GIWA FC VS DOLPHINS FC - Jos
The Jos Elephants would seek to return to winning ways when they welcome the Pride of Rivers at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos on Sunday.
Giwa FC who suffered their worst away result in 3-1 defeat last Wednesday which ended their winless run in last three league matches when they face Dolphins who recorded two successive home 1-0 win over Kano Pillars and Heartland.
Giwa FC will still be without first choice goalkeeper Ojo Olorunleke due to national team engagement with the Flying Eagles, but will seek the maximum points after a 1-1 draw in the first leg this season.
Hosts Giwa sits in 7th spot on the log with 31 points, while guests Dolphins currently occupy 4th position with 33points both from 21 matches.
BAYELSA UNITED VS GOMBE UNITED - Benin
The Restoration boys would strive to improve their status on the league standing with a comprehensive victory against the Savannah Scorpions at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin on Sunday.
Bayelsa United who lost 2-0 at Sharks on Wednesday, will host Gombe United which they held to a goalless draw in a Week Two encounter at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe in the first leg this season.
Bayelsa are yet to taste a league win in their last four matches since 1-0 win over Akwa United on May 21, while Crown FC are yet to pick an away point this season.
Both teams' sit on the second half of the table with hosts 27 points from same 21 matches in 16th, while visiting Gombe has 23 in 19 from same matches.
FC TARABA VS KADUNA UNITED - Jalingo
The Pride of Jalingo could avenge their first leg defeat to the Crocodiles when both team meet in a rematch at the Jalingo City Stadium on Sunday.
FC Taraba who crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Nasarawa United on Thursday after an inconclusive encounter on Wednesday due to heavy downpour, will anticipate taking their own pan of the flesh after a 3-1 first leg loss at Kaduna United.
Visiting Kaduna United who defeated Abia Warriors 3-2 on Wednesday, would seek to aviod another defeat on the road in quest to escape relegation from the elite division.
FC Taraba placed 13th on the table with 28 points, while their visitors Kaduna United are with 24 points on 17th position from same the 21 matches.
ABIA WARRIORS VS El-KANEMI WARRIORS - Umuahia
The Ocendo Warriors can step up their bid for continental ticket with an emphatic victory over the Solid Miners in a top table clash at the Umuahia Township Stadium in Umuahia.
Ladan Bosso’s wards despite their narrow 3-2 lost at Kaduna United, will be desperate to spank El-Kanemi Warriors who they lost 1-0 to in Kano.
Samilarly, traveling Salisu Yusuf's side would remain in top spirit to see out another upset in Umuahia.
Visitors and hosts occupy the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively – but Nasarawa United holds the edge with 31 points while Abia Warriors have 30 –both from 19 games.
SUNSHINE STARS VS KANO PILLARS - Akure
The Akure Gunners would hope for home victory when the host the league leaders at the Akure Township Stadium on Sunday.
Sunshine Stars that managed a 2-2 all draw at Kano Pillars in an early meeting this season, will hope to put behind them the pains from a 1-0 loss to Enyimba in Aba last Wednesday.
Visiting Kano Pillars would no doubt be out for a revenge against Sunshine Stars after an opening season defeat scare in Kano.
Home side Sunshine placed 11th with 30 points, while Pillars are league leaders with 37 points after both played 21 games.
LOBI STARS VS SHARKS – Kastina Ala
The Makurdi Bombers would seek nothing far from consolidating on their glorious away win with home victory over the Blue Angels at the Emmanuel Atongo Stadium, Katsina Ala on Sunday.
Lobi Stars, who recorded their first away win in two seasons in a 1-0 victory at Crown FC in Ibadan would desperately seize the chance to return to the top four.
However, on the road Sharks FC would anticipate a double over Lobi Stars after a 1-0 first advantage in Port Harcourt to give their chase for league title a big boost.
Lobi Stars are 10th with 31 points from 21 matches, while visiting Sharks occupies the 5th spot with 33 points from same games too.
HEARTLAND VS CROWN FC - Owerri
The Naze Millionaires would hope to recapture their winning momentum with home victory over the troubled Ajilete boys at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri on Sunday.
Heartland lost 1-0 away to Dolphins last Wednesday, but stand a big chance to ditance themselves from the relegation zone with three points against Crown FC who are currently without a substantive coach following the sack of Lawrence Akpokona.
Visiting opponents Crown FC must look inward for an extraordinary motivation to get something in Owerri.
Heartland are 15th on the log with 27 points from 21 matches, while visitors Crown are 17th with 24 points from similar matches.
AKWA UNITED VS NASARAWA UNITED - Uyo
The Promise Keepers would embrace the opportunity to reactivate their title ambitions with maximum points against the Solid Miners at the Uyo Township Stadium on Sunday.
Akwa United saw their league title campaign hit the rock following a 2-0 defeat to Gombe United, but will dream of an outright victory over Nasarawa United in Uyo.
Guests Nasarawa United would be anxious for nothing less than a point to avenge their 1-1 home draw to Patrick Udoh’s side in the Week Two encounter in Lafia.
Hosts Akwa United are 9th on the table with 31 points, while visiting Nasarawa united are 2nd with 34 points after 19 matches played both teams.
WARRI WOLVES FC VS NEMBE CITY - Warri
The Seasiders will ultimately be anxious to take their own pan of the flesh when the host the Crocodiles at the Warri Township Stadium on Sunday.
Warri Wolves that succumbed to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Kaduna United in the first stanza will after Federation Cup exit focus on kicking-off the remainder of the season on a winning note against Kaduna United.
On the other hand, Kaduna United are not facing the best of time as little or no changes have happened since its break, but would give the Paul Aigbogun's wards a good fight.
Warri Wolves occupy 8th position with 31 points from 21 games, while bottom-placed Nembe City are with 19 points from same matches.