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Highlands Park v SuperSport United

Highlands Park will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the Premiership to five straight games when SuperSport United visit Makhulong Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Lions of the North find themselves in the top half of the table after recording two wins and two draws in their last four league encounters, while Matsatsantsa returned to the winning trail last time out with a 2-0 triumph over Bidvest Wits.

This after Kaitano Tembo's men suffered back-to-back defeats, a sequence of results that has dented their title aspirations.

With Highlands boasting a strong record on home soil - four wins in their last six - SuperSport will need a repeat of the performance that saw them ease to a 2-0 win over Wits recently.

SuperSport won't require any added motivation, though, as the fight for CAF qualification places kicks up a few notches in the final few months of the campaign.

And, speaking after his side's 2-0 win over Wits, Tembo said his team earned their just rewards following a tough run of results.

However, he was quick to point out that he does not expect things to get any easier between now and the end of the season.

"We are coming out of a very difficult phase after losing games. The only thing I could do was keep encouraging the guys, it wasn't really about performance," Tembo said, as quoted by Herald Live.

"We were creating opportunities but not scoring goals. I knew that it would turn around and we have now managed to dig ourselves out of that.

"We can start to focus on the rest of our programme, game-by-game and see where it takes us.

"But this time of the season is very tough. There are no easy games and when you look at our recent defeats, we lost to Stellenbosch and Golden Arrows.

"Those were teams below us, so you got to give respect to all the teams in the league because at this juncture of the season, it's dog eat dog.

"Team are fighting relegation, teams are fighting to get into the top eight. Nothing is easy.

"We have to give our next opponent the respect they deserve and focus properly. That's why I'm saying we have to take it one game at a time."