Two out-of-form Premiership teams in Chippa United and Golden Arrows go head to head at the unfamiliar Sisa Dukashe Stadium outside East London on Friday night.
The hosts have three wins in their last seven league matches to sit in eighth place on the league table, while the visitors’ one win from their last nine outings has left them in seventh.
Both were in the top four at one point of the season, but are sliding quickly after their recent stumbles.
Abafana bes’thende coach Clinton Larsen admits his team’s form is unacceptable.
“We can’t afford to be picking up just three points out of nine,” he said about their 2017 form. “We are much better than that.”
The match is also being played in the unfamiliar surroundings of Mdantsane, where champions Mamelodi Sundowns were held to a 1-1 draw a few weeks back.
“The pitch was terrible in that game and it resembled a mud bath, but we’re hoping for a far better surface,” Larsen added.
Kagisho Dikgacoi and Nkanyiso Cele both picked up injuries in training this week and join Lehlohonolo Nonyane on the sidelines. Danny Phiri and Vuyani Ntanga are also injury concerns for Larsen.
Chippa will be without Rhulani Manzini after his dismissal in the 2-0 loss to Bloemfontein Celtic last weekend.