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Highlands Park v Maritzburg United

Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler says his team will have to scrap and battle when they meet top-eight chasing Highlands Park in Saturday's Premiership clash at Makhulong Stadium.

The match is an absolute must-win for Maritzburg as they are rooted at the bottom of the table, four points away from safety.

Chippa United, Baroka and Free State Stars are above the club on 24 points with the sides separated on goal difference in 13th, 14th and 15th respectively.

Meanwhile, the Lions of the North are chasing a top eight position as they are in 10th spot with a one point deficit behind Bloemfontein Celtic and Golden Arrows tied in eighth.

Nonetheless, Tinkler takes the view that the Team of Choice must be ready for a physical war.

He said: "The mood is obviously very good, which is what we need at this stage but at the same time the players know the importance of us going to Highlands to get the three points.

"I think this is probably going to be our toughest game just because of the brand of football they play, it's very aggressive.

"Lots aerial challenges and a lot of importance on winning the second ball. This is not a match where we can look to play some pretty football, we are going to have to play ugly."

In team news, Rodney Ramagalela has started training with Highlands but is not available until next season. Keagan Buchanan is United's only absentee with a long term knee injury.

Kickoff is 15:00 in Tembisa.