The match will kick off at 4 pm Nigeria time on Sunday, 5 November 2023.
Rivers United complete training ahead of Sunshine Stars match
The Pride of Rivers squad trained on Friday evening, ahead of Sunday's Nigeria Premier y League matchday seven tie at home to Sunshine Stars at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.#NPFL24 || #MD7 || #RIVSUN pic.twitter.com/1AF9sU7KRR
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Rivers United vs Sunshine Stars match preview
Rivers United come into their 7th league game of the season on the back of two wins, two draws and one defeat in their last five NPFL fixtures.
Stanley Eguma's men scrapped a 1-1 draw at the Dan Anyiam Stadium last Wednesday after a 19th minute goal from Onyekachi Okafor had given Heartland FC the lead.
However, defender Farouk Mohammed restored parity for the Pride of Rivers eight minutes before the break. In the second half, neither side scored again to ensure spoils were shared.
Sunshine Stars, meanwhile, ended a run of four league games without a win as they beat Abia Warriors 2-1 at home in their last outing.
A late goal deep into added time from Michael Olalusi gave the Akure side all three points in a game the visitors deserved a point.
Edith Agoye‘s side will now look to string back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they take on Rivers United on Sunday evening.
Currently, Rivers United rank 10th on the table after six matches, while Sunshine Stars hold the 14th position having also played six matches.
Rivers United vs Sunshine Stars probable lineups
Coach Eguma will be pleased his side have now gone two games without a defeat in the NPFL.
Having lost all three away games this term, the Owena Waves' visit to Port Harcourt presents an opportunity for the Pride of Rivers to hand them their fourth away loss.
Kazie Enyinnaya, Uche John, Anthony Ohaegbu and Nyima Nwagua are expected to keep their place in the lineup from the team last Wednesday.
Probable lineups for Rivers United: Abiodun (GK); Enyinnaya, Emmanuel, Mohammed, John; Nwagwa, Acquah, Oyowah, Ohaegbu; Nwagwa, Shedrack.
Agoye's charges will hope their poor run of results now becomes a thing of the past as they lock horns with Rivers United.
While they've struggled to win games, scoring has not been a problem, they boast of the leading scorer in the league amongst their ranks in the person of Michael Olalusi.
The team have no major injury concerns ahead of this game, a welcome boost for the Owena Waves who haven't beaten their host in the past three skirmishes.
Probable lineups for Sunshine Stars: Abdulateef (GK); Abdulrafiu, Duke, O. Emmanuel, Yusuf; Mutiu, Ikechukwu, L. Emmanuel; Udom, Olalusi.
Rivers United vs Sunshine Stars confirmed lineups
*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released
Rivers United vs Sunshine Stars Head-to-Head
The previous 26 meetings that dates back from 2011 between Rivers United and Sunshine Stars, shows that the former have won 8 matches, while the latter have won 10 matches, with 8 matches drawn.
Both teams last faced off in the 2022/23 NPFL Championship Playoffs on 3 June 2023 where the game ended in a 1-0 victory for Rivers United.
Here are the results of their last five matches:
- 03/06/23 – Sunshine Stars 0-1 Rivers United
- 15/05/23 – Rivers United 1-0 Sunshine Stars
- 19/01/23 – Sunshine Stars 1-1 Rivers United
- 21/04/22 – Sunshine Stars 1-0 Rivers United
- 02/01/22 – Rivers United 0-0 Sunshine Stars
Where to watch Rivers United vs Sunshine Stars live
Fans of both teams are looking forward to watching their clubs take to the field in this crucial Nigeria Professional Football League fixture.
The match will be broadcast live on the NPFL Live App for those with a subscription. Kick-off is 4 pm on Sunday.
This article was most recently revised and updated 4 weeks ago