Plateau United takes title push to Kano

Seven-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enyimba FC of Aba are in Lagos to lace up against Agege landlords, MFM FC.

The game is one that sees two top teams clash at the business end of the season. MFM are 2nd on the log and still have some decent chances of snatching the title away from Plateau United who have enjoyed the summit of the table more than any other team this term.
Fidelis Ilechukwu’s side will have the services of top goal poacher, Stephen Odey, his accomplice: Sikiru Olatunbosu as well as Chukwuka  Onuwa who will be eager to tame an striving side, Enyimba FC. Enyimba FC has not succeeded in scoring in two successive away games, if this is anything to go by, MFM has an edge.
The defending champions have a tough one ahead. Their task is to face Wikki Tourists who have been on a high and have arguably dusted their ends off the drop zone. The have been winning games at home and this can be a bad signal for Enugu Rangers.
Though Rangers, this season, has picked a point on an unlikely venue: Maiduguri. So the Flying Antelopes have some chances of getting something out from the clash.
This is another clash; bottom of the table teams to face each or in Matchday 33 fixtures. If you consider their position on the log, one would be tempted to declare a drab game. But since the both sides are from the same region, it has added more range to the nature of the encounter. ABS FC are currently 18th on the log, while it is Remo Stars that occupies the basement. ABS FC’s chances of gaining 3 points are high for they play at home.
One of the most important fixtures of the day should be in Kano where Kano Pillars hosts Plateau United. The league leaders are drawing closer to their first title in history and a win in the Pyramid City will be a huge statement of intent. Kano Pillars are not having the best of seasons and their hope for a title or making the first three is not realistic. Masu Gida will be playing to sustain their standing in the league and also want to claim bragging rights over a motivated United.
Other games in the line include: Rivers United who will take on Katsina United. In Ibadan, Shooting Stars hosts Gombe United, while determined Lobi Stars welcome Abia Warriors. FC Ifeanyi Ubah will play against Nasarawa United, in Nnewi, Niger Tornadoes take on El-Kanemi Warriors and then and Akwa United take their form to Sunshine
The Pick
MFM FC v Enyimba FC
For the 3 times the two clubs have met in the past, there has been no winner. The reverse fixture this season was a 1-1 draw in Calabar.
The frenetic nature of the game will come into play considering the fact that MFM FC is close on meeting up with league leaders, Plateau United. They are just five points shy of the apex of the log and the maximum points against the Aba giants will put their dream of lifting the title on course.
On the other hand, Gbenga Ogunbote’s lads are keen on a continental spot. They are currently 4th with 50 points to their credit. Above them is Akwa United who have been able to garner 51 points. Thus, Enyimba can push for a spot in the continent next year if the win in Lagos.
Head to head:
12/03/17                  Enyimba FC              1-1      MFM FC
18/09/16                  Enyimba FC              0-0      MFM FC
11/05/16                  MFM FC                     0-0      Enyimba FC
Key players:
Sikiru Olatunbosu
Stephen Odey
Chukwuka Onuwa
Enyimab FC:
Mfon Udoh
Ikaychukwu Ibenegbu
Fatau Dauda
Form guide:
MFM FC:                   LWWLW
Enyimba FC:             LLWLW
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