TNM Super League leaders Nyasa Big Bullets face a tricky test when they date Ekwendeni Hammers at Mzuzu Stadium this afternoon.
Straight from their 3-1 victory over rookies Rumphi United at Rumphi Stadium, Bullets have a chance to open a 12-point gap at the summit of the 16-member log table if they get maximum points.
Bullets are on top with 45 points from 17 matches, nine points above second-placed Blue Eagles, who defeated Moyale Barracks 1-0 at home on Saturday.
On paper, Bullets are favourites in today’s match as Hammers have been inconsistent this season and leaked five goals last weekend after they lost 5-1 to Mafco at Chitowe Ground.
However, Hammers sometimes are a hard nut to crack especially when playing at Mzuzu Stadium. In the first round, Bullets defeated Hammers 3-1 at Kamuzu Stadium.
Probably, Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa should be worried that his troops have conceded two goals in the last two matches and they also came from behind.
Pasuwa anticipates a tough match.
“We are playing on very difficult pitches. We need to play according to our plan to get the points. Again, we do not have enough rest after we played Rumphi,” Pasuwa said.
Hammers Coach Etison Kadenge Mwafulirwa said his troops are not intimidated.
“We expect a different match against Bullets and we will go flat out to get the points,’’ Mwafulirwa said.
Elsewhere, capital city sides Kamuzu Barracks and Civil Service United face-off at Nankhaka Ground. The match comes three days after KB knocked Civil out of FDH Bank Cup following a 1-0 victory at the same venue.
The two sides are separated by seven points as KB are on position five with 27 points whereas Civil are on position nine with 20 points from 16 matches.
Red Lions host TN Stars at Balaka Stadium this afternoon.