Struggling Black Mambas host Motor Action at Morris Depot today as relegation issues are beginning to stalk the police-owned team.
Currently seated on second position from the bottom of the log standings, Mambas have had a terrible season.
In fact, they have been in awful form, winning just once against league debutants Hardbody, drawing once and losing seven times.
Mambas have roped in Moses Chunga as a technical advisor/coach to try and turn things around at the club, but the results have not been coming.
Since assuming his role, the club has lost matches to Shabanie Mine and Chicken Inn, but Chunga’s record in such circumstances has been unbelievable, if not miraculous.
Two seasons ago, he took over at Gunners, who were in the same position as Mambas, and in a short space of time, he transformed an ordinary looking side from relegation candidates to championship contenders.
Motor Action’s form is not a lot better than their opponents today. After a bright start to the season, the Mighty Bulls have plummeted down the table.
The Joey Antipas-coached squad have collected four points from a possible 12 in their previous matches to bow out of the top eight.
The team is handicapped for this match as their veteran goalkeeper Marlon Jani is in Mozambique with the Warriors for a World Cup qualifier.
However, Antipas welcomes back defender Godfrey Moyo who couldn’t make it into the Warriors travelling squad.
Motor Action has the potential to be dangerous up front and with striker Gift Phiri in good form, they are the better side of the two likely to sneak a win in this clash.
In another relegation scrap, winless and newly-schristened WWS Rangers take on Monomotapa at Rufaro Stadium.
Neither side are in good shape going into the match. Rangers have three points from nine matches while Monoz are still reeling from a 5-1 drubbing at the Colliery a fortnight ago.
Caps United’s new-found rejuvenation would be put to test yet again when they travel to Hardbody tomorrow.
The Harare giants, on the up after a false start to the season, have won their last three consecutive matches, but all were played in Harare.
Newcomers Hardbody are no push-overs when they are playing at home.
They have only lost once to Black Mambas, before beating Hwange and Chicken Inn and managing a draw against Harare City. So it will be interesting how manager Sean Connor and his men will adjust to conditions outside the capital.
Surprise package Buffaloes are at home to Gunners, looking to add the former league champions into the growing list of their casualties.
The league returnees are on a roll, winning their previous four matches to move to second position on the log, behind leaders Highlanders, who host Chicken Inn at Barbourfields in a Bulawayo derby.
At the Colliery, Hwange welcome Shabanie Mine without Rodwell Chinyengetere, who is with the Warriors in Mozambique, but can still bank on young Francisco Zvikumbawire.