By Adeboye Amosu:
Enugu Rangers will continue their title push when they take on Oriental neighbours FC IfeanyiUbah in a Nigeria Professional Football League matchday 31 fixture on Wednesday at the IfeanyiUbah International Stadium, Nnewi, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Flying Antelopes are unbeaten in their last seven games but must be at their best to secure a positive result in the game with their hosts also in fine form having lost only once in their last eight fixtures.
Imama Amapakabo's men will be without right-back and vice-captain Etim Matthew who is ruled out of the game due to injury.
Third-placed Rivers United will entertain relegation threatened Heartland Football Club of Owerri at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
The Pride of Rivers won their last game 2-0 against Ikorodu United and are one point adrift of leaders Rangers.
A win will see them move to the top of the log should Rangers draw or lose their game.
At the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, Shooting Stars will hope to continue their surge up the table when they do battle with El-Kanemi Warriors.
The visitors won the reverse fixture 2-0 in Maiduguri.
In Akure, Sunshine Stars will host relegation-bound Ikorodu United.The Owena Waves are pushing for a continental ticket.
Agege Stadium will host the clash between two relegation battlers, MFM FC and Warriors Wolves.
The home side sit in the 13th position, while the Seasiders lie in 17th place.
Sixth-placed Lobi Stars who are also in the hunt for a place on the continent will be up against Abia Warriors in Makurdi.
Abia Warriors new handler, Abdullahi Biffo, will take charge of the side for the first time in the game.
The last fixture will see Nasarawa United host northern rivals, Kano Pillars, in Makurdi on Thursday.
MATCHDAY 31 FIXTURES
Wednesday, 17, 2016
Sunshine Stars V Ikorodu United
Shooting Stars V El-kanemi Warriors
Rivers United V Heartland
FC IfeanyiUbah V Rangers
Lobi Stars V Abia Warriors
MFM V Warri Wolves
Thursday 18, 2016
Nasarawa United V Kano Pillars