Leaders of the Zambian Super League, Red Arrows, face a massive test on 13 February when they take on third-placed Green Eagles in Choma.
Red Arrows have pulled away from their rivals in the league to be in the driving seat for the title race. With 12 games left to play, Red Arrows are number one on the log with 43 points, followed by Zesco United with 38 points; and the team they will face on Sunday is in third place with 36 points.
With Green Eagles just seven points behind Arrows, this weekend’s game is billed as a Super Sunday match. The two teams last met in October 2021 at the Nkoloma Stadium, which saw the Red Arrows win 1-0 on their home ground. This weekend’s game will be played in the Green Eagles backyard, and they will be out for revenge.
Green Eagles have won five games and have averaged over 0, 5 goals at home. In comparison, Red Arrows have scored 20 goals in their ten away games this season, meaning they average over two goals per game. Recently they have been thrashed their opponents in away games; they gave a 5-0 riot to Kansanshi Dynamos and a 3-0 hiding to Green Buffaloes.
Red Arrows don’t seem to be phased by the prospect of playing in front of hostile crowds and unfamiliar territory. They relish playing away from home, and away games don’t affect their regular game. This characteristic of winning games away shows they have championship material. Their ability to win games on the road will benefit them when the season draws to a conclusion.
Arrows will be eyeing another win, but the match against Green Eagles will not be easy; Eagles are not in the top three by luck. They are a good team and will give Red Arrows a run for their money.
If they lose, Zesco United and Green Eagles will close the gap, which is not ideal for their title aspirations. If they beat Green Eagles, they will eliminate them from the title race.
The latter is the more appealing for Red Arrows, and based on their track record, we predict that Red Arrows will continue with their winning streak and beat Green Eagles 2-1.
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