After a weekend that saw log-leaders Motor Action extending their lead to nine points with a win over Kiglon Bird before it was cut to just six points by Dynamos 24 hours later with a convincing 2 – 0 win over Shooting Stars, there are now eight games that separate the two top teams and Premier Soccer League glory.
Here we look at the two contenders’ remaining fixtures.
For Mighty Bulls, their six-point lead over nearest rivals Dynamos with eight games left makes it seem as if the title is theirs to lose.
Four of their remaining eight games are against teams that still have something to play for.
As well as hosting Dynamos four weeks from now, Motor Action also have three other tricky fixtures.
They will have to travel to champions Gunners, then welcome a rejuvenated Highlanders at their favourite hunting ground, Motor Action Sports Club, before another away fixture to Moses Chunga’s Caps United.
The log leaders’ next assignment will be against Masvingo- based FC Victoria, who currently anchor the log, before hosting an equally troubled Douglas Warriors who are third from the bottom.
Motor Action will then travel to cash-rich but still relegation candidates Black Mambas and end the season with Lengthens, who are still considered relegation fodder.
Dynamos coach Elvis Chiweshe will also note that his end of season fixture list looks kinder if compared to that of his counterpart Joey Antipas.
Aside from visiting Motor Action Sports Club and hosting perennial foes Caps United on the last day of the league, the only game that looks potentially troublesome is the one away to revitalised Monomotapa next weekend.
However, with a squad boasting of stars such as Ashley Rambanapasi, Benjamin Marere and Evans Gwekwerere starting to hit form, you would expect them to take maximum points from at least six of their remaining nine games.
Maximum points will be the name of the game from now on and a victory away to Motor Action will be very vital.
But before Chiweshe can think of that fixture against the log leaders, he has to worry about potentially explosive journeys to Bulawayo to meet relegation- bound Bantu Rovers and then a long trip to Masvingo for a date with FC Victoria, both teams fighting for their lives.
The Harare giants will also have to play Black Mambas and evade the long claws of the Kiglon Bird and Eagles.
Saturday: Motor Action 1-0 Kiglon, Caps United 2-0 Shabanie Mine, Eagles 2-1 FC Victoria, Bantu Rovers 1-0 Douglas Warriors, Lengthens 0-1 Highlanders
Sunday: Shooting Stars 0-2 Dynamos, Hwange 1-1 Gunners, Monomotapa 1-0 Black Mambas