Rookies Kamuzu Barracks will be gunning for a home win against another Blantyre-based giant Big Bullets FC whom they host this Sunday afternoon at Civo Stadium in the capital, Lilongwe in a TNM Super League match.
KB beat Mighty Wanderers FC in the first round at the same venue and managed to frustrate them to a 0-0 draw last weekend.
Having managed an impressive one-all draw against Bullets in the first round, Barracksâ€™ winger Wierd Nkuliwa said they are determined to get full points this afternoon.
â€œWe have managed to deny Wanderers full points against us this season and we want to do the same with Bullets.
â€œMuch as it comes with pride to beat such big teams, we are also fighting for our survival in the league. We are currently on position 12, just a place above relegation zone and that means we are not safe. So, the three points could mean a lot in our quest for our survival,â€ said Nkuliwa.
Bullets travel to Lilongwe with a striking force crisis.
Top striker Gabadinho Mhango did not train the past week as he was writing exams.
Assistant coach Gerald Phiri Snr on Friday expressed uncertainty on the availability of the top striker in todayâ€™s match.
Bullets have since been forced to recall Diverson Mlozi, who is currently studying at Natural Resources College in Lilongwe.
â€œMlozi has been training with his school team and he is in shape for top action, but as for â€˜Gabaâ€™ I am not sure if he has been keeping fit since he is sitting for terminal examinations. But whatever the case, we are going to Lilongwe to win.
â€œLast week we lost [to Blue Eagles] and that hindered our chances of making progress on the log table, so this is a must-win game for us,â€ said Phiri.
KB goalkeeper Victor Nangwale, who has been enjoying top form, will be one of the players to watch as he seeks to continue his clean sheet record.
In Balaka, the Nomads have a tricky fixture against Bvumbwe Research who are deemed their reserve side.
Nomads, who won 4-0 in the first round, are confident of repeating that feat as they seek to reduce the gap with leaders Red Lions, but they still have bitter memories of how Bvumbwe booted them out of the Presidential Cup earlier this year with a 1-0 win..
â€œThis is a different game altogether and we need to be at our best. The league is drawing towards the end and we must get all points available,â€ said Nomads midfielder Joseph Kamwendo.
Bvumbwe coach Bob Mpinganjira, a former Nomads player and assistant coach, said his side is determined to get a positive result as they fight to get out of the relegation zone.