Gor Mahia can take a step closer toward winning the Kenya Premier League title with a win against eternal rivals AFC Leopards this Sunday.
The record KPL winners come into the game on top of the table with 63 points and on a 12-game unbeaten run in the Kenyan top flight.
Meanwhile, AFC Leopards snapped a seven-game winless run to beat Nzoia United 1-0 last weekend but remain in 9th place with 42 points.
This is the biggest match in the Kenyan football calendar and will mark the 93rd Mashemeji Derby as Gor seek a record-extending 20th title.
The reverse fixture played on January 23 ended in a barren draw and all the pressure is on Leopards to avoid defeat here.
AFC Leopards have not beaten Gor Mahia in the league for the past 7 years, with a 1-0 victory in 2016 being their last ever triumph.
Not since 2020 have Gor Mahia won the league but they seem to be on course under the tutelage of Jonathan McKinstry.
Benson Omalla has been the standout performer by a mile, scoring 25 goals in 29 appearances, just one goal away from equaling the scoring record.
There is a huge sense of belief in the Gor Mahia camp and with only 5 games left to play, they seem on course to add to their trophy cabinet.
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What time does Gor Mahia vs AFC Leopards start?
The game kicks off at 3pm Kenyan time at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Gor Mahia vs AFC Leopards team news
Captain Philemon Otieno will return to the starting line-up to solidify the defense and Dennis Ng’ang’a will start as well.
Ernest Wendo and Austin Odhiambo will also start in midfield, joined by the dynamic John Ochieng’.
The reliable Omala will lead the attacking line.
For the visitors, there are no changes expected from the side that beat Nzoia as they strive to field their strongest XI.
Gor Mahia vs AFC Leopards head to head
In the most recent 32 games played between these two sides, Gor have the advantage after 18 wins, compared to Leopards’ 6 victories.
The remaining 8 have resulted in a draw,
Gor Mahia vs AFC Leopards current form
The hosts have won 3 and drawn 2 of their last 5 games, while Leopards only have 1 win to their name in that run, losing twice as well.
Gor Mahia vs AFC Leopards prediction
Judging from their history and the form that both teams are on, Gor are favorites to win convincingly on the day.