By Adeboye Amosu:
The chase for the Glo Premier League title and fight to escape the drop is expected to get tougher as clubs battle for crucial points in Wednesday’s match day 34 fixtures.
Leaders Enyimba face a difficult away contest against in-form Nasarawa United at the Lafia Township Stadium.
The Peoples Elephant who are without a win in their last three away games must be at their best to stop their hosts who are in the hunt for a continental ticket.
Second-placed Warri Wolves without their top scorer and talisman, Gbolahan Salami, and number goalie, Okiemute Odah, who are both away on international duty, will host relegation hunted Akwa United at home.
The trio of Azubuike Egwueke, Ojo Mine and Oghenekaro Etebo are also doubtful for the game due to injuries.
The Seasiders will however welcome back dependable centre-back Oke Oghaghatewho and midfielder Abu Azeez for the game.
Wikki Tourists who occupy third place on the log will entertain FC IfeanyiUbah in Bauchi.
Shooting Stars will tackle Taraba United in Ibadan, while Dolphins have a chance to boost their survival hopes when they host defending champions, Kano Pillars, at Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt.
The reverse fixture ended in a 2-2 draw with Dolphins rallying from two goals down to snatch a point against the Sai Masu Gida.
Kwara United will be desperate to secure maximum points against Bayelsa United when both sides clash at the Ilorin Township Stadium.
Bayelsa United picked a point in their last away game against 3SC in Ibadan.
The home side sit in 18th place on the log and nothing but a win will improve their fading hopes of maintaning their top flight status.
Heartland will seek to outclass Sharks in Owerri with Bright Ejike and Victor Ezeji expected to face their former side who are in a desperate fight to avoid the drop.
Abia Warriors and Giwa FC will continue their push for continental tickets with the former set to host Lobi Stars in Umuahia and Giwa away to El-kanemi Warriors in Kastina.
WEEK 34 FIXTURES
Nasarawa United V Enyimba
Warri Wolves V Akwa United
Kwara United V Bayelsa United
El-kanemi Warriors V Giwa FC
Wikki Tourists V IfeanyiUbah
Heartland V Sharks
Shooting Stars V FC Taraba
Abia Warriors V Lobi Stars
Dolphins V Kano Pillars