Athlone Stadium hosts a rare PSL fixture on Saturday, and they hardly come any bigger than the one between Cape Town City vs Orlando Pirates, which has a huge bearing on where the coveted league title winds up.
With two matches left to play, both teams are still in the running for the big prize with the Soweto giants in pole position with 53 points, while the hosts have an outside chance as they occupy fourth place on the log, six points behind their rivals.
However City coach Benni McCarthy has long conceded that his side is out of the race, but will not be doing his former side any favours come Saturday.
The Bafana legend finished his playing days at the Buccaneers in 2013, shortly after contributing to their famous double-treble, which included their last league title back in 2012.
Speaking ahead of the crucial encounter, McCarthy said he was expecting an emotional reunion with his old club.
“It’s going to be an emotional game, it’s going to be a very tactical encounter because for Pirates it’s been five or six years that they’ve found themselves in this situation.
“The last time they did I was still at the club. That was when we knew what winning was about.
“But I think they’ve done exceptionally well this season and you have to give credit to the club.”
For McCarthy and his Pirates counterpart Milutin Sredojevic, meeting at this stage of the competition will be a case of deja vu, as they engaged in battle on the penultimate game week of the previous campaign.
On that occasion, the Buccaneers’ fate was pretty much sealed with a 1-0 defeat, with Mamelodi Sundowns going on to claim the title, while Micho’s men had to settle for second.
This time around, the same two teams occupy the top two spots on the table, and the Serb believes the race will go down the wire.
“It is an extremely competitive league that will go down to the last minute of the last game.
“It has been a roller-coaster and a Hollywood film look-a-like, which is something everyone has seen but an invisible part that us [we] technical people and players are going through behind the scenes, playing matches with sleepless night and hardworking days.
Cape Town City vs Orlando Pirates: Head-to-head
Orlando Pirates 2-2 Cape Town City
Cape Town City 1-0 Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates 1-0 Cape Town City
Cape Town City vs Orlando Pirates
Cape Town City 0-0 Orlando Pirates
Kick-off time and where to watch
Date: Saturday, 4 May
Kick off: 15:00.
Venue: Athlone Stadium, Cape Town
TV and live stream: Supersport 4