Former league champions Dynamos and their perennial rivals CAPS United will recommence their enmity in the Harare Derby on Sunday at the giant National Sports Stadium.
With no win yet and sitting in the relegation zone, the Glamour Boys, face another uphill task when they face an equally bruised Makepekepe who are smarting from a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Taurai Mangwiroa��s Triangle.
Another drop of points by Lloyd Mutasaa��s Dynamos men could further spell doom for the blue half of the capital which has struggled in the opening games of the season-losing to Chicken Inn and Ngezi Platinum and throwing away a three-goal lead at home against Shabanie Mine. On Easter Monday, they lost 1-0 at home to bitter rivals Highlanders.
a�?Ita��s a derby match, another tough match for us in as many weeks. We are looking forward to do well. We just need a positive result,a�? said Mutasa.
At this stage only a win against Makepekepe will put the burning DeMbare house back in order. However, it does not need any Biblical Solomonic wisdom for one to say both sides will go into the match in need of a win for reasons other than bragging rights. For CAPS United, a win will strengthen their credentials as real championship contenders after assembling what many football pundits regarded as a Killer Machine before the start of the season.
As for Dynamos, a victory would be the first step in climbing up the PSL ladder after posting negative results courtesy of their 540 minutes long of dreary performances and of late off-the-field chaos that saw their fans stage a mini riot when they took Yadah FC last Sunday.
The biggest questions that beg for answers are: Will DeMbare finally break their 2018 season dark?
Will Makepekepe further condemn their cross town rivals deep into murky waters of relegation?
Elsewhere, Highlanders who have under the stewardship of Madinda a�?Khathazilea�?A� Ndlovu have proved to be giant killers in the making, welcome tricky and stubborn Shabanie Mine in the cauldron of Barbourfields Stadium.
While the legendary Ndlovu and hordes of Bosso followers will be hopeful that the black and white army will grind another positive results, a worrying development for the Bulawayo giants is that centre back Tendai Ndlovu, holding midfielder Patrick Ben Musaka, in-form right back MacClive Phiri, captain Honest Moyo and young Bukhosi Ncube have been regular visitors of the treatment room in the past couple of days.
Chicken Inn will make the long trip to Nyamhunga Stadium to meet ZPC Kariba while Bulawayo City entertain Triangle at Emagumeni.
Newboys Bulawayo Chiefs have a date with defending champions FC Platinum at Luveve Stadium.
Harare City will seek to utilise home advantage when they do battle against Black Rhinos. Baobab Stadium will be the venue of the match between championship contenders Ngezi Platinum Stars and Mutare City.
Chapungu will square it off against Herentals to complete week sevena��s fixture programme to an end.
Harare City vs Black Rhinos (Rufaro Stadium), ZPC Kariba vs Chicken Inn (Nyamhunga Stadium); Bulawayo City vs Triangle United (Barbourfields Stadium), Yadah FC vs Nichrut (NSS), Ngezi Platinum vs Mutare City (Baobab Stadium), Bulawayo Chiefs vs FC Platinum (Luveve Stadium)
CAPS United vs Dynamos (NSS), Highlanders vs Shabanie Mine (Barbourfields), Chapungu vs Herentals (Ascot Stadium).