Moroka Swallows will hope to close the points gap on Premier Soccer League leaders Orlando Pirates this weekend when they take on Dynamos at the Rand Stadium on Sunday (3pm).
The Beautiful Birds have slipped off the championship pace somewhat after their 2-2 draw with fellow title hopefuls Wits University in their last outing.
That game was one coach Gavin Hunt will have felt his side should have wrapped up, especially after taking a 2-0 lead at Milpark, only to let the Clever Boys back into the game with some generous defending.
Currently in seventh, the visitors are pressing for a top eight place in the league, disappointing perhaps for a side who were challenging for top honours earlier in the season. With Sundowns and Santos breathing down their neck, full points are a must for Jacob Sakala's Limpopo men.
The corresponding fixture at Thohoyandou earlier in the season finished 2-0 in favour of Swallows, Adam Ndluvo scoring a brace on that occasion. Goalkeeper Brendan Wardle had to make a string of fine saves though, and the Birds will not want to offer up too many chances to Dynamos this Sunday.
"We expect them to come at us hard, they are chasing a top eight finish," coach Hunt exclusively told Morokaswallows.co.za. "They are a good footballing said who like to pass the ball around on the deck, but we know what to expect from them."
There are no new injury worries for the Birds, Warren Lewis remains a long-term absentee with his fractured ankle, though the defence is further depleted through the suspension of Jermaine Christian.
"We have had to reshuffle the defence a bit, but these things happen, there is nothing you can do. I have been working hard with the back four this week as we have not defended well in recent games," the former Black Leopards boss said.
Swallows are currently four points behind Pirates, with both teams have played 25 matches. The Buccaneers take on relegation-threatened Bush Bucks in their league match on Saturday.