ZESCO United and Nchanga Rangers today have a chance to close the gap with leaders Nkana to four points as the MTN Super Division enters Week 27.
Zesco have an easy tie against second from the bottom Lime Hotspurs while Rangers are away to Kabwe Warriors.
Victory for Zesco and Rangers will push them to 50 points apiece, four behind Nkana, whose match against Konkola Blades was abandoned on Sunday in Chililabombwe due to crowd trouble.
Fourth-placed Red Arrows have a tough match against Green Buffaloes at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka while in the battle against relegation Napsa Stars and Forest Rangers lock horns at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.
ZESCO vs LIME
Zesco’s bad patch is expected to come to an end today when they face Lime at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Zesco’s last win – a 1-0 victory over Forest Rangers – was on September 28 and since then, the Ndola outfit has drawn two and lost one.
Zesco drew 2-2 with Kalulushi Modern Stars, battled to a goalless draw with Buffaloes and lost 1-2 to Konkola Mine Police.
Tenant Chembo will leave nothing to chance and will unleash a formidable squad comprising Winstone Kalengo, Lottie Phiri, Kangwa Chileshe, Maybin Mwaba and international Kondwani Mtonga to put the title chase back on track.
But Lime are in dire need of maximum points and will attack from the first whistle.
Zesco battered Lime 4-0 in the first meeting.
Lime have 20 points.
WARRIORS vs RANGERS
Newly-appointed Warriors coach Kampamba Chintu’s credentials come under scrutiny when the 1987 Super Division champions take on Rangers at Godfrey Chitalu Stadium in Kabwe.
Chintu, who replaced Happy Sichikolo last week, is looking forward to getting a positive result and prove to the Warriors faithful that he is the right man for the job.
Chintu, a Zambia national soccer team defender, will rely on skipper Richard Kasonde, veterans Musonda Mweuke and Owen Mwendabai to halt Rangers’ cruise to the title.
But Rangers, who beat Warriors 1-0 in the first meeting in Chingola, have match winners in skipper George Chilufya, Bwalya Kasonde, Bornwell Mwape and Alex Ng’onga.
Warriors have 32 points and are in 10th position.
Arrows will be seeking to complete a double over Buffaloes.
The teams settled for a goalless draw in a Week 12 clash but Arrows beat Buffaloes 2-0 last Saturday in the Barclays Cup semi-finals and the airmen will be looking forward to keeping their title chase alive.
Arrows have 45 points.
Lubinda Mundia and Bruce Musakanya, who contributed a goal apiece in the Barclays Cup semi-finals, will work hard to shake the net again.
Stanley Nshimbi, Daniel Sibanda, Jimmy Chisenga, Bronson Chama and skipper Richard Phiri are the other players who could destroy Buffaloes.
But Buffaloes will not allow losing twice to Arrows in a space of five days and skipper Dennis Banda and company will summon their energies to triumph.
Percy Bilyoti and John Musukwa will lead the attack.
Buffaloes have 38 points.
NKWAZI vs ZANACO
Buoyed by the 1-0 win over Nkana, Nkwazi’s giant killing act faces Zanaco at Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka.
The policemen are placed 11th on the log and still in danger of sinking and victory over Zanaco could push them to a safe place.
Reigning champions Zanaco are fifth on 42 points and there is still a chance for them to retain the title if the teams above them lose their remaining matches.
In other matches, Power Dynamos’ rise on the table is expected to continue when they host Konkola Mine Police at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.