Fans will flock to the Remo Stars Stadium in Ikenne-Remo for the biggest Southwest derby on Wednesday afternoon, as the Sky Blue Stars butt heads with neighbours Shooting Stars Sports Club.
Both teams enter the highly-anticipated battle on the back of massive victories, as the Remo Stars sunk Sporting Lagos 2-1, while the Oluyole Warriors overcame Doma United 3-1.
Daniel Ogunmodede’s men needed to rely on a Sikiru Alimi spot kick to see off the noisy neigbours in their most recent Premier League game.
Remo Stars have surged to third in the Nigeria Premier Football League table with nine points to their name, although just a point separates them from Rangers International who are currently on top with 10 points.
Only Rivers United have prevented the Sky Blue Stars from scoring in a NPFL fixture since the start of the 2023/24 season.
Gbenga Ogunbote’s side also avoided an unfathomable League defeat last weekend, edging out Doma United by three goals to one to give them massive confidence coming into Wednesday’s encounter in Ikenne.
Shooting Stars are awaiting to break the Sky Blue Stars dominance in the southwest derby, they have never defeated the Remo Stars in the Nigeria Premier Football League playing eight times since they began to meet at topflight football.
It is going to be an interesting encounter knowing fully well that the Coach of Shooting Stars, Gbenga Ogunbote once coached Remo Stars helping them to their first continental presence.
The last time both sides met, the Sky Blue Stars defeated them 2-0 in Ikenne and played out a 1-1 draw in Ibadan, Sikiru Alimi who is Remo Stars highest goalscorer this season was on the other side when Remo Stars picked up four points from possible six points.