Zesco United visit Power Dynamos on Wednesday at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe to play a delayed Week 13 fixture.
The Electricity derby comes just four days after Zesco bounced back to the top of the table after a 2-1 home win over Napsa Stars at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
That win saw Zesco reclaim top spot after Nkana beat them 1-0 in Ndola on August 16 to briefly end their week-long command of the 2017 FAZ Super Division.
Coach Zlatko Krmpotic heads into the match optimistic after an improved showing from Zesco over the weekend.
“I am now satisfied that Zesco are now ready to get another three points in their next game,” Krmpotic said.
Most importantly, Krmpotic will be hoping to see Fackson Kapumbu and John Chingandu fully recharged just three days after the duo played back-to-back games on August 19 for Zambia and a day later against Napsa.
The return from injury of midfielder Kondwani Mtonga is also a massive lift for Zesco after he came through without an incident in the win over Napsa.
But the spotlight is set again to fall on the Burundi duo of midfielder Enock Sabamukama and goalkeeper Dieudonne Ntibahezwa who do not disappoint in Sunday’s win.
Meanwhile,Zesco currently lead the table on 44 points from 22 games with three games in hand.
The five-time champions are one point ahead of 2nd placed Green Buffaloes and are a further three points in front of 4th placed Power .
And Zesco head into the match with a reputation to keep against Power heading into the Electricity derby.
Power trace their last good derby run against Zesco to 2014 when they drew 0-0 in Ndola and beat Zega 2-1 in another late August date in Kitwe that season.
Since then, Zesco have won all their last four league meetings in the Electricity derby and last season dismantled Power 3-1 at Arthur Davies and 4-0 at home in Ndola.