There are four Absa matches to look forward to this weekend, including a relegation showdown between Maritzburg United and AmaTuks at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday evening, 6pm.
Its 16 versus 15 as Maritzburg, lying in last position on the standings with 16 points, take on a Tuks side one place and one point above them on the table. United have however played one game less than the Tshwane team.
Jomo Cosmos, who are in 14th spot (four points above Maritzburg, three above the University of Pretoria), are in action again next Wednesday night, when they face up to Bidvest Wits.
The two sides have met on eight previous occasions, Maritzburg winning three, Tuks one, and one draw.
The Team of Choice have taken four points from their last two Absa Premiership matches, while losing to Black Aces in the Nedbank Cup last 16 on the weekend.
AmaTuks meanwhile have managed only one point from their last two PSL games, and went down 4-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw with SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup.
Despite the defeat though to their city rivals, AmaTuks coach Shaun Bartlett feels he saw plenty of positives from his players, some of whom had not been regulars in the team of late.
“I said to the players after the game, there is nothing to be disappointed about,” said Bartlett.
“With that attitude, with that application, with that fighting spirit, we deserve to stay in this league. But we have to do it on a consistent basis, starting on Saturday, that’s our cup final, and we are going to continue working until the last game of the season.
“The changes we made were for players to stake a claim for the coming weekend,” he continued. “I said before, it’s better to have a squad of 30 players to work from, instead of 16 or 18.
“I said to them as well, put your name down, do the work, and you will get rewarded. So for me it’s a great headache to have, and it’s all about the quality, and not the best 11, the most effective 11, to be selected on Saturday against Maritzburg.”
The full fixture list for the weekend is as follows:
Saturday, April 09, 2016
18:00: Maritzburg Utd v University of Pretoria – Harry Gwala Stadium
20:15: Orlando Pirates v Free State Stars – Orlando Stadium
Sunday, April 10, 2016
15:00: SuperSport United v Chippa United – Peter Mokaba Stadium
15:00: Bloemfontein Celtic v Golden Arrows – Dr Molemela Stadium