By Adeboye Amosu:
pix by Ganiyu Yusuf:
The Oriental derby between fierce rivals, Rangers and Heartland at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium, Enugu on Friday will set the tone for the Nigeria Professional Football League matchday 19 fixtures, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Leaders Rangers know they must win the tie to maintain top spot on the log, with second placed Rivers United also on the same point with them (31) but the Flying Antelopes have a superior goal difference.
Rivers United will travel to Makurdi where they will take on Lobi Stars at the Aper Aku Stadium on Sunday.
Also on Sunday, Shooting Stars who ended a run of six games without a win with a 2-0 victory against Abia Warriors on Wednesday will face Akwa United in Uyo.
In another matchday 19 fixture,third placed Abia Warriors will entertain Sunshine Stars at the Umuahia Township Stadium.
It will be first time former Sunshine Stars gaffer, Kennedy Boboye will be facing his old side in the NPFL.
Champions Enyimba will also battle Nasarawa United at the Umuahia Township Stadium.
The Peoples Elephant are without defeat in their last five league games, while Nasarawa United have not picked a point on their travels this season.
At the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos, Plateau United and Kano Pillars will clash in the battle between two northern teams.
The home side are unbeaten in their last six games, while Pillars are without a win in their last three games.
Warri Wolves will seek to return to winning ways again when they slug it out with El-kanemi Warriors at the Warri City Stadium.
The Seasiders two games winning streak was ended by Ikorodu United who beat them 2-1 in midweek.
Wikki Tourists who parades league top scorer, Godwin Obaje will be up against basement side Ikorodu United in Bauchi.
The last two fixtures for the weekend will be between MFM FC and Giwa FC, while FC IfeanyiUbah will also keep a date with Niger Tornadoes in Nnewi.
MATCHDAY 19 FIXTURES
Friday, May 21, 2016
Rangers V Heartland
Saturday, May 22, 2016
Abia Warriors V Sunshine Stars
Sunday, May 33, 2016
Plateau United V Kano Pillars
Warri Wolves V El-kanemi Warriors
Wikki Tourists V Ikorodu United
Akwa United V Shooting Stars
Lobi Stars V Rivers United
Enyimba V Nasarawa United
MFM FC V Giwa FC
FC IfeanyiUbah V Niger Tornadoes