Championship chasing clubs Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs will both be hoping to make a statement of intent when they meet at the Bidvest Stadium tonight (Tuesday) at 19H30.
The Clever Boys are currently second on the standings, knowing that a win could take them within three points of log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who face Orlando Pirates on Wednesday night.
Victory for AmaKhosi (fourth position) would take to within seven points of Sundowns.
Bidvest Wits have won two, lost two and drawn one of their five games this year, while Chiefs have won three, lost one and drawn one.
There is still over a third of the Absa Premiership campaign to go, so while either team could potentially bounce back from defeat tonight, every point earned is becoming more and more crucial.
Clever Boys head coach Gavin Hunt is chasing his fourth title, having won three at SuperSport United. Winger Daine Klate meanwhile is hoping to get his hands on a sixth Absa Premiership title, and hopes to keep on adding to his goal tally of six, which makes him the fourth highest scorer in the division.
“Hopefully, with me leading from the front, keeping on scoring goals, obviously I’m hoping to do that, not only by talking. It’s about showing them as well,” said Klate.
Chiefs coach Steve Komphela, who is hoping to help his club retain the title they won under Stuart Baxter last season, was not shying away from the importance of the game.
“It’s a direct confrontation. They are there in the chasing pack, we are also there and we cannot let it slip,” he said.
Chiefs have won two of the last three fixtures between the two sides, including the first round affair which was played in Cape Town and ended 2-1 in their favour.
In their overall head-to-head stats, the Soweto giants have won 29 matches, the Students 11, with 19 draws in the 59 league games they have played since 1985.