The TNM Super League edition for 2014 season is at its business stage with leaders Moyale Barracks, second-placed Blue Eagles and third-stationed Big Bullets deemed favourites for the championship.
However, one team only has to win the title. The remaining average of eight games for each of the title contenders would decide the championship between now and December when the season ends.
Three points separate Moyale, who have 43 points, from Eagles and Bullets. A gaping eight points, a big margin in this tight marathon, separate Bullets from fourth-ranked Red Lions on 32 points. The Lions are realistically out of the race, but mathematically still in it.
All the three title contenders have half of their remaining matches on the road. Bullets and Moyale have eight games and Eagles nine to go.
Big Bullets can take comfort that their opponents, include struggling rookies such as Chikwawa United, Airborne Rangers and tail-enders Karonga United.
For Moyale, they have what seem tough away assignments to face defending champions Silver Strikers, Airborne Rangers, Mafco, Blue Eagles and Big Bullets.
On the other hand, while the Eagles have four home matches, it will certainly not be easy as they will roll up their sleeves against giants such as Bullets, the Lions and Moyale and Azam Tigers.
Big Bullets: Airborne away, Mafco at home, Chikwawa United at home, Blue Eagles away, Kamuzu Barracks away, Karonga United at home, Azam Tigers away, Moyale Barracks at home. Bullets have four home games out of eight.
Moyale Barracks: Mighty Wanderers at home, Airborne Rangers away, Civo United at home, Silver Strikers away, Mafco away, Epac at home, Big Bullets away, Blue Eagles away. Moyale have five away games.
Blue Eagles: Azam Tigers away, Big Bullets at home, Mafco away, Kamuzu Barracks away, Silver Strikers away, Red Lions at home, Airborne at home, Moyale Barracks at home. Blue Eagles have four home matches.