Bechem United will be at home on Sunday to tackle nemesis Asante Kotoko SC in a stern duel as they intend to avoid relegation at the end of the season.
The Hunters are sitting at the 10th position on the league with 35 points but are only two points away from the danger zone.
They were 2-0 losers to Berekum Chelsea in a regional derby on Wednesday. Another defeat this weekend will see them drop into the relegation zone.
Versatile defender Moro Salifu was sent off in midweek's fixture. He is suspended for Sunday's crucial clash with the Porcupine Warriors.
Central defender Alfred Nelson is still on the sidelines with an injury.
Asante Kotoko SC needed a controversial penalty in the dying embers to salvage a point from the Ashanti derby last Wednesday in Kumasi.
They were held to a 1-1 stalemate by Ashanti Gold SC.
The Porcupine Warriors are traveling to a venue where they have managed more victories than the home side.
They have claimed two wins at the Nana Fosu Gyeabour park as against Bechem United who have recorded only one win as the home team.
Their top four ambitions could be scuppered if they fail to avoid defeat on Sunday.
With 40 points, they are 4th on the log and are followed by Berekum Chelsea, Wa All Stars and Elmina Sharks FC all with 39 points.
Midfield duo Jackson Owusu and Seth Opare have been ruled out of the fixture on Sunday due to injuries they sustained in the FA Cup semi-finals last Monday.
HEAD TO HEAD
Total league meetings = 9
Bechem United wins = 1
Asante Kotoko SC wins = 7
Drawn matches = 1
~ Bechem United have just two victories in their last six matches in the premier league.
(W2 D0 L4)
~ Asante Kotoko SC have managed only one win in their last six fixtures in the premier league.
(W1 D2 L3)
~ Bechem United are unbeaten in their last eight home matches in the league. They have won all last three.
(W5 D3 L0)
~ Asante Kotoko SC have won only two of their last eleven away games in the premiership. They have lost all last three.
(W2 D2 L7)
~ Bechem United have beaten Asante Kotoko SC only once at home in the premiership after four games.
(W1 D0 L3)
~ Asante Kotoko SC have recorded no defeat in their last six clashes with Bechem United in the league.
(W5 D1 L0)
~ Bechem United have kept nine clean sheets in their thirteen home matches in the premiership this season.
~ Asante Kotoko SC have managed to keep five clean sheets out of their thirteen away fixtures in the premier league this term.
By Nuhu Adams