Silver Strikers’ credentials as title contenders will be under scrutiny as they face Mighty Wanderers in a TNM Super League match at Silver Stadium this afternoon.
This is a top of the table clash as both sides have mathematical chances of winning the title this season.
But Silver have better chances than Wanderers as they trail leaders Nyasa Big Bullets by three points with four matches remaining.
The Bankers have 52 points from 26 matches whereas Bullets top the standings with 55 points from the same number of matches.
A win for Silver in today’s match will take them to top spot due to their superior goal difference of 33 against Bullets’ 30.
However, matches between the two teams have failed to produce a winner in three league games.
In the 2019/20 season, Wanderers and Silver drew 1-1 at Kamuzu Stadium before a goal-less draw at Silver Stadium.
In the first round, the two sides also played out to a goal-less draw.
This is also a dress rehearsal as the two sides meet in the semifinal of FDH Bank Cup next week at Bingu National Stadium.
Heading into today’s match, Silver are coming from 7-0 win over relegated Mzuzu Warriors whereas Wanderers drew 0-0 against another relegated side Ntopwa two weeks ago.
Silver are yet to lose a home match under Zambian coach Daniel Kabwe this season.
Despite their impressive home record, Silver Assistant Coach Macdonald Yobe said they were treading carefully ahead of the clash.
“We need maximum points in the remaining four matches so that we increase our chances of winning the league,” he said.
Silver will rely on experienced Blessings Tembo, Frank Banda and gangling forward Stain Davie.
On the other hand, Nomads Assistant Coach Albert Mpinganjira was brimming with confidence ahead of the fixture.
“Our mission is to collect maximum points and the boys are determined,” he said.
Stanley Sanudi, Vitumbiko Kumwenda, Yamikani Chester and Vincent Nyangulu are all potential match winners for Nomads.
The Nomads are fourth on the log table with 42 points from 24 matches.
Elsewhere, Moyale Barracks host brothers-in-arms Kamuzu Barracks at Mzuzu Stadium. Moyale will be hoping to cement their place in the top half.
The Lions of Kaning’ina are fifth with 41 points from 26 matches whereas KB are at a distant position 11 with 35 points from 27 matches.
In another match, relegation-threatened Mighty Tigers will face Mafco at Mpira Stadium.
Tigers desperately need points as they are on position 13 with 29 points from 28 matches whereas Mafco are on position nine with 37 points.