Top spot is within reach for Mamelodi Sundowns as they return to Loftus Versfeld for a clash against the struggling Chippa United in a rare Tuesday afternoon fixture.
The Brazilians have a game in hand on the table-topping Orlando Pirates, who sit just three points above them.
They come up against a side forced to shift focus to retaining their place in the top flight, having seen the end to a dream Nedbank Cup campaign.
The Chilli Boyz made it all the way to the cup semifinals, where they were eliminated by Kaizer Chiefs, having led 2-1 in the dying stages of the encounter, only to lose 4-2 in the end.
However, according to coach Clinton Larsen, that dramatic defeat has not deflated his charges confidence ahead of a crucial period in their league campaign
“We’ve drawn a lot of confidence from the performances we’ve been putting together so we’re confident of doing well in our remaining games.”
They come up against a side who will be up for revenge, as it was against them that the Chilli Boys began their fairytale run in the Nedbank Cup.
Sundowns campaign in the competition ended on the first hurdle as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat in the first round in Port Elizabeth.
It was Chippa’s ssecond cup triumph over their more fancied opponents in as many matches, having knocked them out at a similar stage in the 2017 edition of the Telkom Knockout.
However, it’s a different story altogether in league encounters between the two sides, with the Tshwane giants yet to taste defeat against the PE-based outfit in eleven matches since 2012.
Six PSL encounters – including the last two – have gone the way of Pitso Mosimane’s men while the rest have ended in a stalemate.
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Chippa United: Head-to-head
Last five league encounters
Chippa United 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns
Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 Chippa United
Chippa United 0-0 Mamelodi Sundowns
Mamelodi Sundowns 0-0 Chippa United
Chippa United 1-1 Mamelodi Sundowns
Kick-off time and where to watch
Date: Tuesday, 23 April
Kick off: 15:30 (SAST)
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
TV and live stream: Supersport 4.