Rivers United will embark on a banana skin trip to Bauchi to face Wikki Tourists on Sunday, a side that previously spent 63 days at the top of the table, in their next league game, knowing defeat could sound the death knell on their title aspirations.
The Port Harcourt side, in stark contrast, has spent just 18 days cumulatively, as the top dogs of the division.
Rivers United Captain Festus Austin anticipates an extremely difficult test against the Tourists especially putting United’s shocking form away from home in perspective, as they have failed to score on their travels in their last nine attempts.
The last time Rivers United avoided defeat away from home was three months ago (June 9) when they drew 0-0 at champions, Enyimba and Austin knows improvements are rapidly required.
“We have not been getting good results on the road in recent matches.
“It is not like we played badly in all those matches but the truth is, football is a game decided by goals and I will not use this medium to make excuses.
“The fans want us to start performing from this Sunday’s game against Wikki and that is what we will try to do against one of the best sides in the league,” he said.
Austin played no part in United’s last game, an impressive come-from-behind win against last season’s runners up, Warri Wolves after he failed a late fitness test.
The centre half who is in the frame for a return against Wikki this weekend revealed he was extremely nervous watching last Saturday’s game against Wolves from the side lines.