Highlights of Nigeria Premier League matches

Heartland FC Vs Kano Pillars

Both teams have endured poor run of forms in recent matches until they won during the week. The Naze Millionaires dispatched Niger Tornadoes 2-0, while Masu Gida pipped El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0.

Heartland play for the second successive match at home in their bid to beat the drop, and their fans will expect them to take all three points. Now more than ever, they need a result to escape the drop.

Pillars have struggled for the larger period of this season despite having a strong squad. Since the start of the season, their away from has always been a suspect.

Niger Tornadoes Vs MFM FC

Abiodun Adebayo’s own goal and Stephen Odey’s 7th strike of the season secured a win for the Olukoya Boys when the two teams first met in May 2016.

Tornadoes return to their home ground on the back of a 2-0 spanking at Heartland on Wednesday, with MFM holding Enyimba goalless in Port Harcourt.

It will be the first-ever game in the elite division that relegation haunted MFM FC will play in Lokoja and will be hoping that they take away a good result.

However, desperate Tornadoes know they are sitting just above the relegation zone and any slip up could mean they drop into the bottom four depending on results elsewhere.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah vs Enyimba FC

The last of the Oriental Derbies for the campaign will take place at the Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium.

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It has been a below par term for the People’s Elephants as their fans have endured series of heartbreaks.

Hosts FC Ifeanyi Ubah will be keen to follow in the footsteps of those clubs that have gotten rid of the reigning NPFL champions.

A win for the hosts is what football followers expect to become a reality.

Nasarawa United Vs Akwa United

On paper, many pundits will hand the three points to Nasarawa United even without looking at Akwa United following their below average show this season.

Nasarawa United boss, Kabiru Dogo, will thread carefully knowing that the Promise Keepers could be lying dangerously in wait for them as they are battling to survive relegation.

The Solid Miners have a strong squad with the likes of Esosa Igbinoba, Aminu Abdulkadir, Samuel Agba, Ichull Lordson, Emmanuel Makama and Suraj Ayeleso expected to play pivotal roles.

This clash ended 1-0 in favour of Akwa United in the reverse fixture.

Ikorodu United Vs Enugu Rangers

The fortunes of Rangers has changed from a pretender to an outfit contesting for the title. Can they break the jinx of no league shield spanning 32 years? They have only lost two of their last five league fixtures, and that makes them tough opponents for Ikorodu United.

Bobby Clement comes off the last weekend with a brace against Sunshine Stars and that makes him a marked man for this match.

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Relegated Ikorodu United are still playing for pride and might act as spoilers to the ambitions of the Flying Antelopes at the MKO Abiola Stadium.

El-Kanemi Warriors Vs Plateau United

It ended 1-1 in Jos when the two teams first clashed this season. This is going to be a tough game for both sides.

Zachary Baraje will certainly be ringing it into the ears of his players to hit the ground running around against a familiar colleague in Ladan Bosso.

Rivers United Vs Abia Warriors

This match holds great significance to the future of these two outfits. One is in the hunt for the title, while the other is striving to beat the drop.

The first time both teams met in Umuahia, Abia Warriors edged Rivers United 1-0.

Rivers United have shown they are not in the elite class to make up the numbers but push for points and even finish at the summit of the table.

It was a keenly contested battle that kept Abia Warriors busy from the first minute to the blast of the final whistle but at the end they prevailed 3-1 against Enyimba FC in a rescheduled match on Wednesday. Massive result for the Ocendo Babes in their quest to beat the dreaded drop.

Rivers United have vowed to beat them in Port Harcourt and ensure they boost their own title dreams.

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The two clubs are not the best of friends with a huge sense of revenge on the minds of the Pride of Rivers to be merciless against their ‘enemies’.

Shooting Stars Vs Wikki Tourists

One of the biggest games of the weekend. It is expected that this match will be keenly contested considering the situation both teams find themselves in the table.

Wikki Tourists are eyeing the title, with Shooting Stars hoping to escape relegation.

The first time both teams met this season, it produced four goals in a game that ended 4-0.

Godwin Obaje smashed a hat-trick with Saidu Abdullahi also getting on the scoreboard.

So expect a thrilling game when the two teams face off in Ibadan.

Sunshine Stars Vs Warri Wolves

Sunshine Stars and 17th-placed Warri Wolves go up toe to toe at the Akure Township Stadium.

Wolves emerged victorious 2-0 against the Owena Waves earlier in the season, but have had their backs on the wall.

Stars are out of the title race but might compound the woes of Wolves.

The last time Sunshine Stars played Wolves in Akure last season, the homers won 2-1.

This season, Kelvin Itoya is the man running the show for Wolves as they make the trip into the Capital City of Ondo State.

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