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NPFL Matchday 32: Plateau United hosts Shooting Stars in Jos - Preview/Fixtures

Plateau United vs. Shooting Stars: Plateau United drew at Lobi Stars to continue their impressive form of picking points on the road. They have done the job of securing maximum points at home and should have no trouble with their visitors.

Relegation worries might be easing off for Shooting Stars as they’ve gotten crucial results of late. Last weekend’s 1-0 home win against Enyimba has propelled them up to 16th position and they just might just be a thorn in the flesh for Kennedy Boboye’s men at the Rwang Pam Stadium.
Remo Stars vs. MFM: Remo Stars could do nothing to stop Kano Pillars as they lost 2-0 at the Sani Abacha Stadium. The result has left them rooted to the bottom of the NPFL log and with just seven games to go, time isn’t on the Sagamu outfit side anymore.  MFM sealed a dramatic 3-2 win over Katsina United thanks to the trio of Stephen Odey, Sikiru Olatunbosun and Chukwuka Onuwa. MFM remain in second spot, three points behind leaders Plateau United.  On the minds of the Sky Blue Stars will be revenge for the first leg loss, and also revival as they are at the bottom of the log. While Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men will be looking to get a rare away victory as they aim to close the gap at the top of the table.    
Enugu Rangers vs. Rivers United: It’s a clash between last season’s league champions and runners-up. Both sides have had huge misfortunes in the current campaign as Enugu Rangers sit 17th in the log while the Rivers United languish in 12th position.  Rivers were held 1-1 at home by Akwa United last time out while Rangers suffered a 2-0 defeat away at ABS.  Stanley Eguma’s charges have been woeful on the road this season and this could give the Flying Antelopes a shot at victory despite the ongoing managerial crisis rocking the club. 
Katsina United vs. ABS:  Katsina United head back home after falling down 3-2 to MFM in Lagos. Scoring twice against the attack minded Olukoya Boys would give the Chanji Boys a lot to be happy about.  ABS got back to winning ways by beating Enugu Rangers in Ilorin. That relieved some pressure off Henry Makinwa but he isn’t safe yet as his side hang 18th in the log and will need to get something in this tie if they are to pull out of relegation troubles.  

Gombe United vs. Lobi Stars  Gombe: United pulled off one of the surprises of matchday 31 as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with FC IfeanyiUbah in Nnewi. While it was the kind of result that entertained fans, the Savannah Scorpions are still hanging in 19th position, three points adrift safety.  Lobi Stars failed to secure maximum points at home to Plateau United and face the daunting task of getting something in the city of Gombe to ensure their continental hopes are kept alive.    
Wikki Tourists vs. Sunshine stars: Wikki Tourists had no answer to stopping Rivers United in Port Harcourt and a return home could give them the big opportunity to steer clear of the relegation battle.  Sunshine Stars’ revival under Duke Udi has continued as they saw off El Kanemi Warriors in Ijebu-Ode and now sit in 11th place. Having won two of their last three away games, Sunshine Stars will, no doubts, be confident of getting maximum points in Bauchi.
Abia Warriors vs. FC IfeanyiUbah: Abia Warriors drew away at Niger Tornadoes but are just one point from danger even though in 14th spot.  FC IfeanyiUbah will have it all to do in Umuahia having failed to seal the deal at home to Gombe United. The result has left them trailing Akwa United by five points for the last continental berth.      
Nasarawa United vs. Niger Tornadoes: Nasarawa United could not see off Akwa United in Uyo last week but still sit in a comfortable ninth position and while they are seven points adrift of sealing a place in the CAF Confederations Cup next season, a home win here could see them edge closer.  Niger Tornadoes failed to get all three points against Abia Warriors last weekend but just like their opponents, they are among those remaining hopeful of continental football next season.  
 El Kanemi Warriors vs. Akwa United: El Kanemi Warriors are back to base after losing to Sunshine Stars in Ijebu-Ode. They have remained unshaken in Maiduguri this season and should live up to expectations once again.  Akwa United did well to see to hold Rivers United in midweek and with just four points separating them and Plateau United at the top, they can’t be written off yet for the league title.