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Golden Arrows v Highlands Park

Golden Arrows host Highlands Park at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday in a crucial fixture to determine the top eight in the Absa Premiership.

Both teams head into the crunch clash in good form, level on 30 points, on the back of three-match unbeaten runs.

Highlands are marginally ahead of Arrows in seventh place thanks to a superior goal difference, but victory for either side would see them take a massive step towards securing a top-eight spot.

Not surprisingly, Arrows head coach Steve Komphela is mindful of the challenge posed by this clash, and the value of a victory.

"Both teams are fighting to consolidate their place on the log," Komphela said. "So our game against Highlands Park is going to be one hell of a match."

Aside from their good form in the Absa Premiership, Highlands also recently claimed a hugely successful result in the Nedbank Cup, beating Kaizer Chiefs in the round of 16.

"This victory is so big for us, it's just our second season, we are coming from the final [MTN8] and now you are beating Chiefs, you're going into the quarterfinals. It is so big," said head coach Owen Da Gama.

"But I think the boys have to stay grounded, we still have two league games before we can play the quarterfinals. We are going to focus on our next league game which is Golden Arrows away game."

Komphela will be hoping Zimbabwean forward Knox Mutizwa continues to fire for his side. Mutizwa has netted 11 goals in 20 league games this season, including both goals in their 2-1 win over AmaZulu last time out.

For Highlands, Da Gama will be banking on another valuable contribution from Namibian international Peter Shalulile, who has been in red-hot form with six goals in his last four appearances, and 15 in all competitions this season.