The Nigeria Professional League enters match day 17 amid flurry of excitement, expectations and hype. This season is shaping out to be one of the best in recent time following the rise in away victories, improvement in officiating and intriguing games.
The race for the title is gradually taking shape and the pretenders are being separated from the contenders with every passing game. In view of this, here are top three games to look out for in match day 17 fixtures scheduled to kick off later today.
WARRI WOLVES VS ENYIMBA FC
Enyimba will look to maintain its unbeaten run and position on the log as they travel to Warri to face a familiar foe in Warri Wolves. The Aba-elephants are tied on point with leaders of the log, Sunshine Stars, and will fancy getting maximum points while hoping that Sunshine falters and they move up to first position. Enyimba have been very consistent both home and away with their defenders do a good job of keeping cleaning sheets while their forwards also do the business in front of goal.
Warri Wolves will also look to get back to winning ways as they are yet to pick a victory in three games. The game might turn out to be the turning point for Warri Wolves or Enyimba’s ascension to the top of the log.
SHOOTING STARS VS GIWA FC
Jos based side, Giwa Fc are turning out to be one of the dark horses of the league this season as they have put out decent performances which leaves them fourth on the log with just two points behind leaders, sunshine stars. They are yet to lose in four games since the 4-1 defeat they suffered in the hands of Kano Pillars last month. They will be travelling to Ibadan with the mindset of getting maximum point in a bid to possibly go top of the log should Enyimba, Sunshine stars and Wikki Tourist all slip.
Ibadan, however, won’t be an easy place to pick maximum points as it has been transformed into a fortress under coach Gbenga Ogunbote of shooting stars.
Ogunbote have remoulded the team into a formidable one and went on rampage with victories and draws before Ifeanyi Ubah gave him the bitter taste of defeat.
The game will definitely be filled with plenty of goals and high points as both teams have a point (or two) to prove.
SUNSHINE STARS VS BAYELSEA UNITED
Leaders of the log, Sunshine Stars will hope to tighten their grip on the first position and possibly create a good margin between them and the likes of Enyimba, Wikki and Giwa Fc in this game against Bayelsa United. The Akure gunners are on an imperious form at home as they are yet to drop any point. Bayelsa United on the other hand will also look to further distance itself from the relegation zone after rising three points above it with a victory against Warri Wolves last week.
The game will test the resolve of Sunshine stars to remain top of the log and Bayelsa United’s commitment to leave the relegation zone.
Other fixtures includes:
Wikki Tourists Vs El Kanemi Warriors
Heartland Vs Dolphins
Nassarawa United Vs Fc Ifeanyi Ubah
Kwara United Vs Sharks
Abia Warriors Vs Taraba Fc
Rangers Fc Vs Lobi Stars
Akwa United Vs Kano Pillars
Akwa United Vs kano Pillars will be shown live on Super Sport 9 and Super Sport Select by 4pm.