By Johnny Edward:
Reigning Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Enugu Rangers will be seeking revenge when they take on FC Ifeanyiubah in their Wednesday's matchday-26 game at The Cathedral – Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
FC Ifeanyiubah defeated Rangers 1-0 on matchday-four in Nnewi, but with both teams recording draws in their previous games, Rangers look a better bet to win judging from their recent resurgent form though FC Ifeanyiubah have a superior head to head advantage, winning four of their previous five meetings.
Uche Agbo's side are undefeated in their last four NPFL matches, and have won four of their most recent five home games since their resurgence, while FC Ifeanyiubah hit the bad patch recently managing only two wins, two draws and a defeat in their last five games.
Kano Pillars' four match unbeaten run in the NPFL will be put to test on Wednesday in Ilorin when they take on home side ABS in a matchday-26 encounter.
On the back of a 3-1 win over MFM, the four time winners of the NPFL who are currently ninth in the log, have lost four of their last five away matches but interestingly, it remains to be seen how they will fair against the Ilorin outfit who have lost three of their last five games winning two. Pillars haven't lost a match to them since 2010.
In Calabar, Enyimba will be confident of a win playing at the UJ Esuene stadium when they take on bad travelers, El Kanemi Warrior of Maiduguri.
The People's Elephants lost 1-0 to Nasarawa United FC in their last game, but the Gbenga Ogunbote side have turned their adopted ground to a Fortress, winning their last six games there. They also have not lost or drawn a match at home to Elkanemi in the NPFL.
A win for seventh placed Enyimba will leapfrog them to fourth place provided MFM, Akwa United, Lobi Stars and IfeanyiUbah don't record wins.
At the Agege Stadium Lagos, MFM will be desperate to return to winning ways with victory over relegation battlers Sunshine Stars of Akure after they suffered their ninth defeat of the season away to Kano Pillars in Kano.
The Olukoya boys will look to complete a double over Sunshine who are struggling in the 17th position. The Owena Whales have lost their last seven matches at away venues this season, while MFM have won four and drawn one in their last five home matches.
League leaders, Plateau United can open an eight point gap at the top of the log if they beat eight placed Nasarawa United. The Jos side holds an impressive record of not dropping points against their visitors, Nasarawa nor conceding a goal since their return to the NPFL. They won their last six home games, scoring 16 goals and conceding two goals.
In other NPFL matchday-26 fixtures for Wednesday, relegation battlers, Gombe United, in 19th position, will host Abia Warriors, just as Wikki Tourists will slug it out with Lobi Stars.
The match between Wikki and Lobi Stars in Bauch m ended in a 1-1. Wikki Tourist have won all their other home matches against Lobi stars in the NPFL since 2012.
Katsina United will battle Niger Tornadoes while Remo Stars will seek their eight win of the campaign when they host Akwa United in Sagamu.
NPFL MATCHDAY-26 PREVIEWS
ABS VS Kano Pillars
Wikki Tourists VS Lobi Stars FC
Enugu Rangers VS FC IfeanyiUbah
Katsina Utd VS Niger Tornadoes
Remo Stars VS Akwa United FC
Enyimba International FC VS El-Kanemi Warriors FC
Plateau United VS Nasarawa United FC
Gombe United FC VS Abia Warriors
MFM FC VS Sunshine Stars