Leaders Nkana stay at the top is under threat from visiting Zanaco who have not lost away in Kitwe since 2010.Both teams come into Saturday match in Kitwe after a difficult last seven days.
Fifth placed Zanaco on 13 points will be without their suspended coach Keagan Mumba who has just began his three-month ban for brining the game into disrepute after criticising Zambia coach Herve Renard.
And Nkana, who enjoy a two- point lead on 16 points from eight games, are hoping to bounce back from their first league defeat of the season after Napsa Stars beat them 1-0 last Saturday to end their unbeaten run this year.
But Nkana have lost their last two home games against Zanaco since they returned to the top flight in 2010 losing 3-1 in 2012 and 2-0 in 2011.
Nkana coach Masauso Mwale remains positive despite the loss and Zanaco’s recent good form against his team.
“In football you win some, you lose some. We are approaching the game against Zanaco at a different level,” Mwale said.
“The boys have tasted this loss and I want to believe that they know what it will mean to win the next game.”
Zanaco meanwhile still have a very experienced hand on the bench despite Mumba?s absence in ex-Zambia Under-17 and Power Dynamos coach Aggrey Chiyangi.
Chiyangi and Mumba have managed Zanaco in a bench of equals and so there should be very little impact in terms of a leadership void on the bench.
Another win for Zanaco will see them join Nkana on 16 points while wins for Konkola Blades and Kabwe Warriors on 14 points will see a change in leadership for the first time this season after eight games played.
Blades will be away to 13th placed Kalulushi Modern Stars while Warriors visit third from bottom Konkola Mine Police.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Power Dynamos host Roan United in Kitwe, Napsa visit Red Arrows at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka while across the capital Green Buffaloes take on Nkwazi at Woodlands Stadium.