The Glamour Boys go into the match as favourites having gone 11 league games unbeaten. They last lost a football match in June, coincidentally against the same opponents.
Meanwhile, Highlanders have been struggling with form, producing inconsistent performances and are currently camped in the bottom half of the log.
Dynamos secretary-general, Webster Marechera, told The Herald that league form does not necessarily translate into cup matches. He said:
Cup games are different from league games, any team can win. League performance doesn’t necessarily affect Cup games.
Even if a team is performing poorly in the league, they can as well do better in Cup games. We need to prepare adequately so as to do well in the game. Our target is to win the trophy, just like any other team.
On his part, Highlanders coach Mandla Mpofu revealed that the club would want to lift the Chibuku Cup but points in the league are more important than the cup. He said:
The two teams are rivals, whether it’s a friendly, league or cup game. It’s always a difficult game to play. We are playing Dynamos, obviously, we want to win against our rivals and progress to the next round.
But in as much as we want to win the cup, the most important thing for us right now is getting points in the league as much as possible. Yes, we want to win the Chibuku but we want points in the league more than the cup.