Can Gamecocks be stopped?

HARARE - Hwange will be hoping to be the side that stops Chicken Inn’s march towards the Castle Lager Premiership title when they visit Luveve Stadium this afternoon.

All season long, Chicken Inn have proved to be consistent by grabbing the best results leaving other clubs to fight for crumbs.

The Gamecocks are on first place with 40 points after 19 matches and come into today’s match following a 2-0 away win over Buffaloes in Mutare.

Joey Antipas’ men have only lost thrice this season when they lost away from home to Hwange, CAPS United and Harare City.

At Luveve, Chicken Inn have been ruthless as they have only dropped points when they drew with CAPS and Triangle.

They have won the other eight home matches and as a result of that good home form, Chicken Inn sit comfortably at the top of the table five points ahead of second-placed Triangle and third-placed Dynamos.

The Bulawayo side has also scored 16 goals at home at an average of 1.77 goals per game while only conceding two in the process.

Speaking earlier this week to the Daily News, Antipas said: “It’s still a long road to go before we can be crowned champions. The road is going to be hard but as a team we are ready for the challenge.

“Other teams like Triangle, FC Platinum, Dynamos and Harare City are still in with a good chance of winning the championship and they are going to give it a fight before they give up.

“I’ve been in this position before with Motor Action and all it needs is to have a cool head and not get carried away because the season is not over yet.” 

But since Hwange is one of the three teams that were able to defeat Chicken Inn earlier this season, the coalminers will be fancying their chances of completing a double over the Bulawayo side.

Although Nation Dube’s men are poor travellers, they come into today’s match high on confidence following their 3-0 home win over struggling Whawha on Wednesday.   

The win left Hwange in 10th place with 22 points and they know another victory today will push them further away from the relegation zone.

In another match on today, struggling Flame Lilly take on Chapungu at Lafarge Stadium.

The prison wardens remain deep in the relegation zone in 14th place with 15 points and need maximum points to keep their survival hopes alive.

After a bright start to the season, Chapungu are now struggling to win and have now gone for eight matches without a win.

Chicken Inn v Hwange (Luveve), Flame Lilly v Chapungu (Lafarge)

Whawha v Highlanders (Ascot), How Mine v Triangle (Barbourfields), Tsholotsho v Dynamos (Barbourfields), CAPS United v Dongo Sawmills (National Sports Stadium), FC Platinum v ZPC Kariba (Mandava).

Harare City v Buffaloes (Rufaro)

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