Wikki Tourists play host to NPFL table-toppers Rivers United on Wednesday evening with the opportunity to move out of the drop zone after a poor start to the 2020/21 season.
Meanwhile, the visitors make the journey to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium having put together a three-match unbeaten streak in the Nigeria Elite league, moving the club 9 points and two points above the chasing packing of Nasarawa United and Dakkada FC and three better of Lobi Stars on the league standings.
The Port Harcourt outfits were the biggest spenders in the Nigeria Professional Football League offseason transfer market, with acquisitions of Godwin Aguda and Fortune Omoniwari from Rangers International, Super Eagles duos of Theophilus Afekolahi and Ifeanyi Anaemena it shows that the pride of rivers are indeed going for the NPFL title this season.
On the back of losing to 9TH times champions, Enyimba FC last Sunday in Aba, Wikki Tourists boss Usman Abdallah would have stressed to his players that they could ill-afford any more slip-ups if they wanted to keep pace with Nasarawa United, Lobi Stars and their Wednesday opponent Rivers United.
However, the 0-0 draw between their regional state rivals Plateau United in match-week two has given Ab’dallah’s side an opportunity to restrategize on further dropped points now that they are just a point and 17th on the log.
Remarkably, Rivers United are the only team in the top 10 to prevail in their last two matches, and the third victory in succession would keep the pressure on the teams above them.
Wednesday encounter at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium will see Stanley Eguma’s men go clear of the standings with five points clear of Nasarawa United and Dakkada FC and gives them a title challenge this season.
While Wikki Tourists will go into this contest as underdogs and heading into this contest, recording one point from three games has eased any immediate concerns regarding relegation.
Wikki Tourists form: LDL
Rivers United form ( in all competitions): WWWWW
Rivers United form: WWW
Godwin Aguda and Fortune Omoniwari will continue from where they left off with both of them netting twice this season. Also Ifeanyi Anaemena will continue to mount the backline as they are yet to concede any goals this season.