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Kaizer Chiefs v Sundowns

A massive Absa Premiership clash awaits when Kaizer Chiefs host Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

For both sides, the match provides an opportunity to pick up a valuable three points and put some pressure on the likes of Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates at the top of the table.

Sundowns currently lie in fifth place on 22 points, eight off the lead, with Chiefs a further point back in sixth.

The Glamour Boys are coming off a 1-0 win over Supersport - a welcome bounce back after a disappointing 2-1 loss at Golden Arrows - while Sundowns last outing was a lackluster goalless draw against Baroka.

The Brazilians are definitely on the up, however, having claimed 11 points from a possible 15 in their last five PSL outings, compared to just seven points for Chiefs.

Since Ernst Middendorp took over as head coach, however, Amakhosi have won three games in all competitions, scoring seven goals without conceding.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane knows that the job will not be easy, but is backing his charges to do the job.

"We need to catch up. We need to try and win," Mosimane told KickOff.com.

"It's not easy to go to FNB with a new coach. Okay, we don't lose to be honest at FNB, but also we don't win easily.

"Coach Middendorp is a tough, top disciplinarian."

Chiefs will be without their captain, Itumeleng Khune, due to a shoulder injury, but they look set to be boosted by the return of Khama Billiat, who is approaching full fitness.

And with a match against league leaders Wits to follow after Sundowns, the players know the next two games will be crucial in the context of the season as a whole.

"We have two big games in a space of four days but we're not thinking about Bidvest Wits yet because Sundowns are going to be a big test," midfielder Lebogang Manyama told the Chiefs website.

"We're taking it one game a time and improving with every training session.

"Everybody will say the teams we played against are not so strong with the exception of SuperSport United. If you want to swim with the big fishes, then you have to go out and compete.

"Right now, we're in a good phase. The confidence levels are high, and the energy levels are high."

Middendorp, meanwhile, is looking forward to testing his skills against Mosimane.

“It’s always a pleasure to have competitive games against coaches like Pitso," he said.

"He has ideas, I have ideas. He’s been in this business long enough to know how to approach these types of games.”