NPFL Match Day 19 Preview: Nasarawa United Vs Rivers United

Nasarawa United and Rivers United will go toe to toe in a match day Nigeria Professional League (NPFL) game in Lafia on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Rivers United come into the fixture on the back of a 0-2 loss to Katsina United in a rescheduled NPFL game on Thursday.
It was the Pride of Rivers’ first loss in four games in all competitions and they will be looking to fight back and put their floundering campaign back on track.
The occasion on Sunday will be extra special for Rivers United midfielder, Esosa Igbinoba who will be returning to his old stomping ground to face his former club.
Nasarawa United striker, Babangida Ibrahim Hamisu says Esosa will get a warm reception from the home faithful.
“Esosa is a very good player who did very well for Nasarawa United before he joined Rivers United.

“He will get a good reception from fans of the club (Nasarawa United).
“We are not intimidated by the prospect of facing Rivers United and will approach the game with the aim of amassing all three points,” he told our official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
Esosa also took the time to discuss Sunday’s game.

The Rivers United midfielder still enjoys a special relationship with fans of the Solid Miners and revealed that he will not celebrate if he scores against his former club on Sunday.
“The fans of Nasarawa United showed me so much love and I will not celebrate if I score against (Nasarawa United on Sunday).
“However, I am a professional and will try to help my team, Rivers United win on Sunday” he said.
Overview

Game: Nasarwa United FC versus Rivers United FC

Competition: Nigeria Professional Football League (match day 19)

Current positions on the log: Nasarwa United (12th); Rivers United FC (16th); Abia Warriors FC

Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Venue: Lafia Township Stadium, Lafia

Time: 4pm
Form guide (last five NPFL matches)

Nasarawa United (LWDWD)

Nasarawa United 0-0 Lobi Stars (A)

Nasarawa United 1-0 Shooting Stars (H)

Nasarawa United 1-1 Kano Pillars (A)

Nasarawa United 4-0 MFM FC (H)

Nasarawa United 0-1 ABS FC (A)

Rivers United (LWWLL)

Rivers United 0-1 Enyimba (A)

Rivers United 0-1 Gombe United (A)

Rivers United 2-0 ABS FC (H)

Rivers United 1-0 Abia Warriors (H)

Rivers United 0-2 Katsina United (A)
Previous meetings (head-to-head)

Matches: Two (2)

Nasarawa United wins; One (1)

Rivers United wins: One (1)

Goals for: Nasarwa United: One (1); Rivers United: One (1);

Goals against: Nasarwa United: One (1); Rivers United: One (1);

Points accumulated (in competitive matches): Nasarawa United: Three (3); Rivers United: Three (3).

Details (Specific breakdown)

Rivers United 1-0 Nasarwa United (NPFL. Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on March 6, 2016)

Nasarawa United 1-0 Rivers United (NPFL. Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi on July 2, 2016).

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