Rivers United are Abia warriors first opponents in the new year, and our preview starts with the key fact knowing ahead of a blockbuster beginning to 2021…
ABIA WARRIORS VS RIVERS UNITED H2H
Abia warriors are going in for stretch of dominance over the Rivers based team as the Stanley Egwuma led team are yet to clinch maximum points away to Abia Warriors in the Nigerian Professional Football League.
Since merging defunct Sharks and Dolphins to birth Rivers United,  the team all in  three meeting at away Rivers United are yet to record a point as they usually depart the Umuahia township stadium empty.
ABIA WARRIORS STATS
The Umuahia warlords are yet to record a win in the New 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional league season as they were piped by their City Neighbours, Enyimba FC, on Matchday One of the new campaign.
Prior to the Nigeria Professional football league kickoff, the highly rated Umuahia side engaged in 20 grade A friendly matches (Club Friendlies & Pre-season tournament) winning 15 of the matches, drew on three occasions and lost twice against Akwa United & Enyimba FC.
RIVERS UNITED STATS
The Coach Stanley Egwuma side has been smoking hot and are  regarded as current most In-form Nigerian based clubside following their exploits in the continent.
After cracking the hard nut of ‘Futuro Kings’ to advance to the second round of the CAF confederation Cup, the oil rich State outfit pulled an unthinkable feat as they triumphed over South African based clubside, Bloemfontein Celtic, before their very fans.
The Pride of Rivers kick started its campaign in the new NPFL season on a good footing, securing maximum points at home against Rangers Int’l.
SUMMARY
Following the both teams past meetings, Abia Warriors has a decent number of odds to bag all maximum points as its opponents are yet to upset the Umuahia warlords at home whilst Rivers United will sort to break the jinx of dominance over them at home in all past meetings.
ABIA WARRIORS POSSIBLE LINE UP
Coach Imama Amapakabo is most likely to stick with the team that gave two time African Champions (Enyimba FC) a run for their money on Matchday One.
OLORUNLEKE OJO
MARKSON OJOBO 
ADEKUNLE ADELEKE 
INNOCENT GABRIEL 
GOODLUCK OZIOMA
FATAI ABDULLAHI 
NZUBE ANAEZEMBA 
TEKENA GARANDO 
SAMSON PAUL
ARIT ARCHIBONG
SAMUEL CHRISTIAN 
RIVERS UNITED POSSIBLE LINE UP
Coach Stanley Egwuma will be forced to make a change in the victorious team that stung Rangers Int’l on Matchday One as Midfield stalwart Emotan Cletus was issued a red card on Matchday One.
30. Theophilus Afelokhai
6. Kazie Enyinnaya
15. Bakari Bamba
13. Lookman Binuyo
14. Fabian Nworie
5. Ifeanyi Anaemena
2. Godwin Aguda
4. Kehinde Adedipe
9. Stephen Michael Gopey
21. Cletus Emotan
7. Fortune Omoniwari.
The encounter between the Umuahia warlords up against the Pride of Rivers is being adjudged Matchday 2 ‘StarMatch and is billed to kick off at exactly 4pm, Nigerian time.

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