Bulawayo giants Highlanders face Chicken Inn in a potentially explosive derby clash at Babourfields Stadium this afternoon, and knowing that they face a side which is more than capable of worsening their crisis.

Madinda Ndlovu’s men have had a nightmarish start to the current campaign and are languishing in the relegation zone without a victory.

Today’s encounter presents Bosso with a chance to revive their season, but they have to be at their best to beat the Gamecocks who have dominated the tie since 2011.

Chicken Inn have won seven of the sixteen meetings, while Tshilamoya have only managed two.

Joey Antipas’s men will also be desperate to collect maximum points to put their title aspirations in sound status after recently dropped points in two consecutive games. They, however, bounced back with a 2-0 win over new boys Manica Diamonds in the previous round.

Meanwhile, Bosso will miss the services of defender Charlton Siamalonga through an ankle injury while Bhukhosi Ncube has been ruled out for the better part of the first round of the campaign.

Kick off is 15:00hrs.