Simba leading the table with 16 points after six games, while Yanga is on third with 10 points after five games. Stand United is in between the duo.
The derby is one of its own kinds in Tanzania and took different excitement after Yanga succumbed 1-0 defeat from Stand United last weekend with Simba thrashing Majimaji 4-0 on the main national stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Simba is seeking revenge after they lost 2-0 on both legs last season with Yanga trying to maintain its dominance having won three times on their last six meeting with Simba count only a win and two games ended in tie.
Despite the defeat, Yanga head coach, Hans Van Pluijm is adamant that the game will be very different from Stand United encounter and Simba should not expect any easy game.
“I have seen Simba in four different games this season, I know their strength and weakness, we are working on how to maximize their weakness to get positive results,” said Pluijm.
“We lost to Stand United but still we was the best team, we created several chances but we could not score, away games are much different from home games,” he added.
Yanga are yet to lose any league game at home since its last 2-1 defeat to Azam on May last year, the same month they lost two consecutive games lost 1-0 to Ndanda.
Simba assistant coach, Jackson Mayanja believes that they have worked on all discrepancies made them to lose 2-0 on the previous meeting earlier this year.
“Our central defense was weak last time but now things are different, we have three central defenders on their best form, anyone can play good,” he said.
“We are in good form too, we also have a deep squad, the starters are not much different from those on bench, we can make changes and get the same results,” he noted.
Mayanja said even if Yanga lost to Stand on its last campaign before the derby, the game will still be competitive and any team has a chance to win though he gave his side more percent to beat Yanaa.
“The derby is derby, it doesn’t matter what team is on good form, the game is still unpredictable,” said the former Uganda ‘The Cranes’ assistant coach.
Meanwhile, Simba Captain Jonas Mkude said football is a game of mistake and last season they made mistakes and lost on both legs but argue that this time things will never be the same again.
“We made mistakes which cost us on both legs last season but that does not mean we will make the same mistakes on Saturday, we have the best team to beat Yanga now,” he said.
Simba and Yanga derby is mostly known as ‘Kariakoo derby’ the place where both team were founded more than 80 years ago. Yanga was founded at Kariakoo (Dar es Salaam business centre) in 1935 with Simba come to light a year later on different street in Kariakoo.
Yanga has its headquarters in Jangwani and Twiga junction in Kariakoo with Simba headquarters just 300 away in Msimbazi street. Both teams have been on Tanzania Premier League since its establishment in 1965 with Yanga won the crown 25 times and Simba 18 times.
Source: Confederation of African Football.