It will be a battle between the champions and last season’s runners-up in Aba on Sunday as Enyimba, whose domestic form is highly suspect this season, takes on Warri Wolves.
The two sides have had similar fortunes in the nine-week old league, as they are battling to come out of the drop zone.
The Peoples Elephant has played six matches with three wins and three draws, while the Delta State-based side has accumulated 10 points from eight matches having won two, drew four and lost two.
When the two sides played in Aba during one of the week 37 matches last season, the champions needed just a point from the match to win its seventh title and they did after the match ended goalless.
While Enyimba’s form on the home front is anything but impressive, the club has been getting it right on the continent, having qualified for the last knock-out round of this year’s CAF Champions League.
It, therefore, set up a meeting with former champions, Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia, and the prize is a berth at the group stage of the foremost continental club competition
On the other hand, Wolves, who finished second last season, had been knocked out of the continent. It is also struggling to replicate its last season’s form domestically, which culminated in its 0-4 defeat by Wikki Tourists in Bauchi at Week 6.
On the continent, the seasiders were defeated 2-0 aggregate by Sudanese side, El-Merreik, in the first qualifying round of this year’s continental showpiece.