Kenya’s two most decorated clubs will face each other at Thika Stadium in Saturday’s Betking Premier League match.
The last five meetings between the two in the league have seen Gor Mahia win four and drawing one, with the draw happening in the reverse fixture in what was coach Anthony Kimani’s final match in charge of AFC Leopards.
The two also met in the final of the FKF Betway Cup earlier in the month, with Gor Mahia prevailing in penalties after the match ended goalless in normal and extra time.
AFC Leopards have not beaten their fierce rivals since the 2016 premier league season and come into the match on the back of disappointing results.
They managed to score in the dying minutes of their last game to avoid losing three games in a row but also face a side who are limping to the finish line.
Their defense which has been chopped and changed frequently due to a combination of contract issues and injuries has conceded seven goals in their last three games and it will be a particular area of concern since they have conceded in eight of their last nine games.
Gor Mahia have now gone seven games without a win in what has been a nightmare campaign for them.
The form of their rivals will give them hope of extending their fine run against them with only four points separating the two.
The departure of Kenneth Muguna has seen them look blunt in attack while the off-field issues seem to be affecting the players negatively.
Coach Sammy Omollo is yet to win since taking over and a loss will mean they will be set for the lowest points per game since the 2011 season, ten years ago