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NPFL Matchday 37 Preview

As the NPFL wind down, the contest is now at its climax with every team struggling to get something.

League leaders Plateau United may today claim there first ever league tittle, if they can get a win against relegation struggling Wikki Tourist at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi, however the Jo's club have had it tough whenever they travel to the northeast city of Bauchi, having lostthere last 3 matches there.

Second placed MFM FC who are the only other tittle contender will be hosting Nasarrawa United who are still within sight of a top-three finish. The Solid Miners have failed to score in 13 of their last 20 away match but in goalkeeper Suraj Ayeleso they have a man between the sticks who will aim to thwart the Olukoya Boys attacking threat from Austine Ogunye, Waheed Adebayo and Sikiru Olatunbosun. MFM will be without Stephen Odey who is out of the country to seal a move abroad.

The race for the top-three would further take proper shape after Sunday's matches. Realistically, MFM, Akwa United, Enyimba, Nasarawa United, FC Ifeanyiubah, El-Kanemi Warriors and outgoing champions Rangers International are in with a chance to finish in top-three positions as Plateau United with just a point in the bag will secure their place, or do so with their very healthy goal difference.

MFM and Rangers play at home against Nasarawa United and Enyimba respectively. The Oriental Derby pits two teams Enyimba and surprisingly Rangers with a chance of finishing in the top-three. Rangers will need to win to stay in contention, or otherwise, they will only finish the securing their top flight status. The Flying Antelopes have only managed just a win in their last eight meetings with Enyimba.

The other sides aiming for a top-three finish at least play on the road. Akwa United, Enyimba, El-Kanemi, Nasarawa United and FC Ifeanyiubah are involved in delicate away games.

The race for survival gets interesting. Three teams are expected to go down with Remo Stars and all the clubs from 11th position downwards are in danger of dropping to the second tier, the Nigeria National League (NNL) should they fail to get favourable results this Sunday.

Gombe United look to be in a race against time to save their season, as they face Rivers United at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt where they have failed to avoid defeat in their last five visits. All season Gombe United have managed just three points on the road from 18 matches. Manu Garba and his men have a game on their hands in the Garden City as pundits have tipped them to follow in the direction of Remo Stars at the end of this matchday.

The race for survival has a long list that also includes Abia Warriors, Lobi Stars, Rivers United, Katsina United, Sunshine Stars, Shooting Stars, ABS FC and Wikki Tourists.

One of the standout games will be Shooting Stars playing hosts to the ambitious Akwa United, at the Lekan Salami Stadiun

When the clock ticks 6pm on Sunday, the men will have been separated from the boys going into the final matchday.

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