Two of South Africa’s big three will be in action on Saturday afternoon.
Mamelodi Sundowns will be the home side when they take on Orlando Pirates in what promises to be an exciting affair in Tshwane.
While Milutin Sredojevic said that he’s not solely focused on their unbeaten, he surely wouldn’t want to lose to one of their title rivals at this stage.
The Sea Robbers have already beaten Kaizer Chiefs, and they will want to replicate the same form against the Tshwane giants.
Sundowns on the hand, haven’t lost a match in the league this season, but they have had a slow start to the current campaign.
Pitso Mosimane’s charges are go into the encounter knowing very well that a win will enhance their chances of mounting a serious title challenge.
Sundowns have not reported new injury concerns apart from those who were struggling in the past few weeks.
Denis Onyango is facing a late fitness test after suffering a shoulder injury not so long ago. Ali Meza, Thela Ngobeni, Rivaldo Coetzee, Cuthbert Malajila, Anele Ngcongca and Sibusiso Vilakazi have not recovered.
But the club has been playing well without them in recent matches.
In Ngcongca’s absence, Mosimane is likely to field Thapelo Morena, while Lebohang Maboe could start upfront alongside Jeremy Brockie and Gaston Sirino.
Potential Sundowns XI: Onyango, Morena, Langerman, Nascimento, Madisha, Kekana, Jali, Sirino, Maboe, Zwane, Brockie.
Brilliant Khuzwayo returned to the Pirates training grounds not long ago, but Sredojevic revealed that he was not at the same fitness level as his colleagues in the goalkeeping department.
However, Siyabonga Mpontshane has also been struggling with injury which means the former Amakhosi man could be roped in as Jackson Mabokgwane’s back up for this match.
In the previous match, Pirates had Wayne Sandilands back on the bench, but having Khuzwayo could be massive for this encounter.
Potential Pirates XI: Mabokgwane, Mobara, Maela, Marcelo, Jele, Mlambo, Motshwari, Lorch, Pule, Mulenga, Shonga.