NPFL match day 36 preview: Plateau United vs Rivers United

Nine more points are all Rivers United require to preserve their status as a member of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for another season.
The Port Harcourt side will face the league leaders in Jos on Sunday knowing that claiming a win at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos will represent the biggest upset in the NPFL this term.
Plateau United have not lost any game at home this season and United have only won once, away from home this term (against relegated Remo Stars).
Baring a dramatic combination of results in the final three round of matches of the season, six points  will be enough to see Plateau United claim their first ever top flight title and they will be looking to tame the ‘Pride of Rivers’ in front of vociferous home support on Sunday.
Dele Ajiboye returns in goal for Plateau United after missing out on the 0-2 defeat to ABS FC in Illorin following his national team commitments.
Damian Longbap, Lazarus Fan, Ogene Elijah, Hamisu Sale and long throw specialist, Daniel Itodo are some of the individuals head coach of Plateau United, Kennedy Boboye will be relying on to deliver the goods.
Ibeh Johnson, Mafang Pam, Kabiru Umar, Benjamin Turba and Anayo Ogbonna are other key dramatis personae that can cause damage to the Pride of Rivers’ aspirations of remaining in the country’s elite division.
The mood in the Rivers United camp is not exactly far from gloomy following the demise of the club’s kit man, Uduak ‘Amanaman’ James following a brief illness.
Boboye and the Rivers United captain, Festus Austine spoke to our official website, about the prospects of their respective sides ahead of Sunday’s game (audio files have been attached).
Game: Plateau United versus Rivers United
Competition: Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)
Match day: 36
Current positions of respective clubs on the NPFL log: Plateau United (1st); Rivers United (11th)
Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017
Venue: Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos.
Time: 4 pm
**Live coverage**  There will be robust coverage of this game by our media team (that will include videos and photos from the venue) simultaneously via our official Twitter account (@RiversUnitedFC) and official Whatsaap channel from 3:45 pm on match day.
Form guide (last five NPFL matches)
Plateau United (LWDWD)
Plateau United 0-0 Lobi Stars (A)
Plateau United 2-0 Shooting Stars (H)
Plateau United 1-1 Kano Pillars (A)
Plateau United 1-0 MFM FC (H)
Plateau United 0-2 ABS (A)
Rivers United (WWDLL)
Rivers United 1-2 Enugu Rangers (A)
Rivers United 0-2 Kano Pillars (A)
Rivers United 1-1 Katsina United (H)
Rivers United 1-3 Remo Stars (H)
Rivers United 2-1 Enyimba (H)
Previous meetings (head-to-head)
Matches: Two (3)
Rivers United wins: One (1)
Plateau United wins: One (1)
Draws; One (1)
Goals for: Rivers United: Three (3); Plateau United: Two (2)
Goals against: Rivers United: Two (2); Plateau United: Three (3)
Points accumulated (in competitive matches): Rivers United: Three (3); Plateau United: Three (3)
Details (Specific breakdown)
Game one: Plateau United 2-1 Rivers United (NPFL. Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos on April 24, 2016).
Game two: Rivers United 2-0 Plateau United (NPFL. Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on August 28, 2016)
Game three: Rivers United 0-0 Plateau United (NPFL. Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on March 29, 2017)
Photo credit: LMC

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