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Mid-week action returns as Warri Wolves visit Enyimba, Kano Pillars welcome Rangers & Sharks host Heartland in the NPFL Week 23 fixtures – reverse of week three games on Wednesday

KANO PILLARS VS  RANGERS - Kano

League leaders can return to winning ways with the maximum points against the Flying Antelope at the Kano Pillars Stadium, Kano on Wednesday.

Kano Pillars suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at Sunshine Stars to record their biggest away loss this season last Sunday in Akure, but unmoved at the top of the league table in the midst of their latest match-fixing scandal.

Okey Emordi's wards will welcome Coach John Obuh's boys who will be smarting from their 1-1 home draw against Enyimba, though managed a 1-0 home win over the title holders in their first meeting this season.

Visitors Rangers are 15th with 28 points, while hosts top the league table with 37 points from 22 matches respectively.

SHARKS VS  HEARTLAND - Port Harcourt

The Blue Angels would seek to bounce back to winning ways with outright victory against the Nase Millionaires at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Sharks lost 2-1 away at Lobi Stars and can bolster their chances of challenging for the title with maximum points against Hearltand which they lost 1-0 to in the Day-Three fixture of the season.

Visiting Heartland would fancy picking an away point at Port Harcourt to boost their chances of remaining in the topflight next season after a 1-0 home victory in a Week 20 against Crown FC.

Sharks are eighth with 33 points from 22 matches, while visiting Heartland are 13th with 30 points from 22 games.

NEMBE CITY VS  ABIA WARRIORS - Omoku

The Kala Ekulema Boys can further aviod relegation by ensuring victory at home when they host the Ocendu Warriors at their adopted home ground Omoku Township Stadium in Port Harcourt.

Nembe City lost 1-0 at Warri Wolves in the first leg of the season and must take play out their heart against Abia Warriors that will be desperate to earn their record third away league win.

The host are bottom of the table with 19 points from 22 matches, while visitors Abia Warriors occupy second position with 36 points from similar games.

EL-KANEMI WARRIORS VS FC TARABA - Kano

The Borno Army after 1-0 first leg defeat can get the revenge over the Pride of Jalingo at the Kano Pillars Stadium in Kano on Wednesday.

The Salisu Yusuf’s side were defeated 2-0 at Abia Warriors on Sunday and also crashed in a 2-0 defeat at Rangers in their opening game of the second stanza would seek nothing less that all-three point against Warri Wolves.

El-Kanemi Warriors’ would be desperate to preserve their home against the visiting dangerous Wolves who seeks another upset on the road after their narrow 1-0 home win over Nembe City.

El-Kanemi Warriors have garnered 29 points and sits on the 14th position, while visitors FC Taraba are 12th with 31 points from same 22 games.

KADUNA UNITED FC  VS   AKWA UNITED - Kaduna

The Crocodiles must remain steadfast in ensuring they keep their home ground when they face the Promise Keepers at the Kaduna Township Stadium in Kaduna on Wednesday.

The hosts after a 2-0 defeat at Akwa United earlier this season would hope to rally for the maximum points for Kaduna United at home against Abia Warriors despite held at home to a 1-1 by Nasarawa United in a Week 22 encounter.

On the other aside, visiting Akwa United will aspire to add salt to the relegation injury of Kaduna boys and boost their chase for continental ticket with the maximum points.

Kaduna United placed 18th on the NPFL log with 21 points from 22 matches, while Akwa United are in 11th with 32 points from similar games.

NASARAWA UNITED VS BAYELSA - Lafia

The Solid Miners can reclaim the second spot with a comprehensive victory against the struggling Restoration Boys at the Lafia Township Stadium in Lafia on Wednesday.

Nasarawa United picked a vital point in 1-1 draw at Akwa United in a week 22 game and must maintain home winning momentum against Bayelsa United should they still relish chances of remaining neck-deep in the race for title.

Visiting Yenegoa-based team that surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to Gombe United must reactivate their winning confidence going against the Baba Ganaru's Nasarawa United to get something vital.

Nasarawa United hang in 3rd position with 35 points from 22 games, while Bayelsa United are 16th with 27 points from same matches.

GOMBE UNITED VS LOBI STARS - Gombe

The Savannah Scorpions can step up their hopes to remain in the topflight with victory against the Murkudi Bombers at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe on Wednesday.

The Gombe boys recorded their first away win this season in a 1-0 victory at Bayelsa United last Saturday and will need maximum points to consolidate on quest to play in the elite division next season.

On the other hand, impressive Evans Ogenyi’s lads would be desirous of upsetting all odds to get a positive result in Gombe to boost chase for a continental ticket.

On the road, Lobi Stars are sixth with 34points from 22 games, while home side Gombe United are 17thon the table with 26points from same matches.

DOLPHINS VS CROWN - Port Harcourt

The Pride of Rivers must avoid any home slip against the relegation-threatened Ajilete boys when they both lock horns at the Liberation stadium in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Dolphins who pulled off a vital away point in a 1-1 home at Giwa FC, must sustain their push for a double with maximum points against their South-West visitors who they lost 2-1 to in Ibadan in the first half of the season.

Visiting Crown FC will yet be without a substantive coach despite the recalled suspended Lawrence Akpokona failed to resume in wait for confirmations, but may keep fighting for the life for division survive.

Dolphins currently sit on the fourth position with 34 points, while visitors Crown are 19th with 24 points in similar matches.

ENYIMBA VS WARRI WOLVES - Aba

The People’s Elephant looks expectedly bright for a vital win to pursuit of a double when they host the Seasiders at the Enyimba International Stadium on Wednesday.

With Kadiri Ikhana pulling the tactician strings for Enyimba, his return looks to be a glorious run for the Aba-based club after they secured a point in their Oriental derby clash in a 1-1 draw at Rangers.

Enyimba will be anxious for victory when they host Warri Wolves who they held to a 1-1 draw in Warri in a rescheduled Week Three game this season. But Pual Aigbogun’s wards will desire to upset the Elephants inside own yard.

Enyimba are seventh with 33 points, while visiting Warri Wolves sit two places above the host with 34 points from 22 games played by both clubs.

GIWA FC  VS  SUNSHINE STARS – Jos

The Jos' Elephant would be desperate to returning to winning ways when they welcome the Akure Gunners at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos on Sunday.

Giwa FC was held at home by Dolphins in a 1-1 draw in Jos last Sunday, but must stay awake in their pursuit for victory against Sunshine Stars who defeated them 2-0 in Akure.

The visiting team will be motivated by their epic 3-0 home win over the title holders on Sunday, to stun the Duke Udi’s ward in Jos.

Hosts Giwa sit in 10th spot on the log with 32 points with Sunshine Stars occupying the ninth position with 33 points from 22 matches.

 

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