MD 11 Preview: Double away for Rivers, double trouble?

 
By JOHN PAUL NNAMDI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Nigeria Professional Football League was blessed with a masterpiece of a goal that was orchestrated by MFM's Sikiru Olatunbosun when they played against Rangers last weekend.
 
Olatunbosun's goal is currently leading in the CNN Poll for goal of the week.
 
We will witnessed an interesting match day characterized by former clubs visiting former managers this midweek.
 
Abdul Biffo welcomes his former side in what is undeniably a mark or mar situation for him after taking the reigns at Abia Warriors since the resignation of Okey Emordi.
 
Shootings Stars are also in Calabar and will clash with former gaffer, Gbenga Ogunbote who now leads the Aba Giants.
 
Plateau United hosts the Pride of Benue after the former fell 1-0 in Nnewi, but is still on the top of the log.
 
 
 
The Pick:
 
Wikki Tourists vs Rivers United FC
 
In what apologists of Rivers United thought would be a walk away for their darling team in Akure last weekend, they lost to a side that has been protesting over non-payment of salaries, playing on empty stomach and all what not.
 
That event brought the Pride of Rivers to the 14th place even if they have two games in hand. This fixtures pitch them against a fiercer rival, Wikki Tourists who don’t have a penchant of dropping points at home.
 
The game in Bauchi between Wikki Tourists and Rivers United FC is a match of two teams occupying a place on the bottom half of the log, 17th against 14th.
 
Baba Ganuru now has his head working on the domestic league after losing out his place in the CAF Confederations Cup; this will make him put up a profound fight against the visitors.
 
This is the second away game for United in a row and another defeat might not be inspiring.
Rivers United, led by Stanley Eguma has the quality of players that can withstand strong foes, but in Bauchi it is predictable that Rivers will go home without the maximum points, if not empty handed.
 
 
Key Players
 
Wikki Tourists:
 
Omo Johnson
 
Emeka Nwabulu
 
Bature Yaro
 
Abubakar Laway
 
Chinedu Onyelonu
 
Shammah Tanze
 
 
Rivers United:
 
Emeka Atuloma
 
Benrnard Ovoke
 
Guy Kuemen
 
Emeka Ogbugh
 
Asamoah Godbless
 
 
League Form Guide:
 
Wikki Tourists-          DLWLWLWL
 
Rivers United FC-      WDWDDLDL
 
League Position:
 
Wikki Tourists-          17th
 
Rivers United FC-      14th
 
 
Other Fixtures:
 
Abia Warriors            vs        Niger Tornadoes
 
Plateau United          vs        Lobi Stars
 
Rangers                      vs        ABS
 
Katsina United          vs        MFM
 
Remo Stars                 vs        Kano Pillars
 
Enyimba                     vs        Shooting Stars Sports Club
 
Gombe United           vs        FC Ifeanyi Ubah
 
Nasarawa United      vs        Akwa United
 
El-Kanemi                  vs        Sunshine Stars
 
 
 
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