By Adeboye Amosu:
South- East rivals FC Ifeanyiubah and Enugu Rangers will clash in Nnewi on Sunday in what is the standout fixture in the Nigeria Professional Football League this weekend, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Both teams have endured poor starts to the campaign, winning one out of their opening five games and will be desperate to secure a win in this game.
Champions Enugu Rangers have struggled to get the goals in the absence of their top hitman, Chisom Egbuchulam, who is now back at the club after he failed to secure a move abroad.
The story is similar for FC Ifeanyiubah who will now hope for a change in fortunes following the acquisition of last season's top scorer, Godwin Obaje, from Wikki Tourists.
The Anambra Warriors won the last meeting between the two teams, a 4-3 penalty shootout win in the Charity Cup.
Also on Sunday, high-flying MFM FC will hope to maintain their impressive run of form when they confront Sunshine Stars at the Akure Township.
The Olukoya Boys who sit in second position in the log have tasted defeat only once this season.They have also lost one and drawn one on their travels, while the hosts have won their two home fixtures.
The Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan will host another top-of-the-bill clash between Shooting Stars and Rivers United.
3SC are without a win in their last four games, while Rivers United are yet to taste defeat in this campaign.
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Leaders Plateau United will seek to maintain their unbeaten run when they face Nasarawa United at the Lafia City Stadium.
Under fire Akwa United technical adviser, Abdul Maikaba, will be desperate to see his team record their first win of the season when they welcome Remo Stars to the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.
The Promise Keepers are rooted to the bottom of the log with three points from five games.
Remo Stars will be led by youthful coach Daniel Ogunmodede following the departure of ex-handler Nduka Ugbade over a contractual dispute.
At the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano Pillars will be up against the challenge of ABS FC.
Pillars are unbeaten in their last two home games, while ABS who are third in the table have been impressive on their return to the top flight with three wins, a draw and a defeat from five games.
Abia Warriors and Gombe United will do battle in Umuahia. The home side side are without a win in their last three games and will hope he return of their captain Austine Obaroakpo, who has missed the last three games due to toe injury, will bring a change in fortunes.
Seven-time champions Enyimba will be guests of El-Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri.
Former Nigeria international, Baldwin Bazuaye, will face his first test in charge of Katsina United when his charges tackle hosts Niger Tornadoes at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja.
The last fixture will see Lobi Stars confront Wikki Tourists in Makurdi.
Sunday, February 5,
Kano Pillars V ABS
Shooting Stars V Rivers United
Lobi Stars V Wikki Tourists
FC Ifeanyiubah V Enugu Rangers
Niger Tornadoes V Katsina United
Akwa United V Remo Stars
El-Kanemi V Enyimba
Nasarawa United V Plateau United
Abia Warriors V Gombe United
Sunshine Stars V MFM FC