The battle for TNM Super League title gets to another level when leaders Nyasa Big Bullets face second-placed Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium this afternoon.
This is a top of the table clash as both Bullets and Eagles have mathematical chances of winning the title this season.
However, Bullets have an advantage as they opened an eight-point gap at the summit of the log table with 57 points from 23 matches whereas Eagles have 49 points from the same number of matches.
Surely, this afternoon’s match will have a big impact in the title race heading into the last six matches of the season.
A win for Bullets will open a 11-point gap whereas Eagles have a chance to reduce the gap to five points if they get maximum points.
The title race is for Bullets to lose as they would have maximum points of 78 if they win all the remaining matches.
Their closest challengers Eagles can reach 70 points if they get all the points in the remaining matches.
For third placed Kamuzu Barracks and fourth placed Mighty Mukuru Wanderers, they need more than a miracle to win the title this season.
KB are third with 48 points but have played two more games than Bullets and Eagles.
On the part of Wanderers, they have 41 points and can only reach a maximum of 65 points if they win all the games.
Slowly, it is turning into a two horse race between Bullets and Eagles.
After today’s fixture, Bullets will remain with three home matches against Moyale Barracks, Dedza Dynamos and Karonga United and three away fixtures against Mafco, Tigers and Sable Farming.
On the part of Eagles, they will face KB, Wanderers, Mafco, Sable, TN Stars and Dedza.
The meeting between Eagles and Bullets ended in a 1-1 draw in the first round at Nankhaka Stadium. Interestingly, Bullets are coming from two consecutive draws against Lilongwe-based teams whereas the Eagles lost 1-0 to Ekwendeni Hammers.
Bullets Assistant Coach Peter Mponda was hoping for a perfect response having dropped points in two successive matches.
“It is a big game and we will go to Kamuzu Stadium to play our attacking football to score goals and win the match,” Mponda said.
Bullets have all the players available for selection except Hadji Wali and Yankho Singo due to injury. Eagles Assistant Coach Christopher Sibale believes his troops have potential to end Bullets’ unbeaten record.
“It is [a very] important match for us. We anticipate a good match and we want to collect points. We are not under pressure,” Sibale said.
Veteran defender Sankhani Mkandawire and Jacob Robert are expected to return to the team from injury and suspension respectively.
Elsewhere, Silver Strikers will host Tigers at Bingu National Stadium whereas Civil will meet Rumphi United at Champion Ground.
Dynamos and Mafco will face each other at Dedza Stadium.