While Orlando Pirates striker Gabadinho Mhango will miss the match against Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday, the Buccaneers are looking to put a halt to a run of disappointing results.
Pirates have only managed to earn one point with no goals scored in their last two outings, while Maritzburg suffered a 0-3 home defeat to TS Galaxy in their last match.
The Buccaneers are now in sixth place on the DStv Premiership log standings with 18 points after 12 games and the Team of Choice are down at 15th place with 9 points. The clash kicks off at 5pm.
Pirates: Ofori, Hlatshwayo, Jele, Maela, Tshobeni, Makaringe, Monare, Pule, Sam, Hotto, Lorch
Subs: Sandilands, Mundele, Dzvukumanja Sesane, Zungu, Dlamini, Jooste, Ndlovu, Motshwari.
Maritzburg: Mpandle, De Reuck, Daniels, Modise, Mngonyama, Buchanan, Morgan, Meza, Ismail, Moseamedi, Graham
Subs: Barr, Allie, Sanoka, Shandu , Kutumela, Hlongwane, Hlubi, Claasen, Tlolane
Mhango has been ruled out of the match and is expected to be out for up to two weeks. Tshegofatso Mabasa is ruled out due to a foot injury. He is expected to full training in three to four weeks time.
Abel Mabaso, who is out on ulna injury, expected to full training in four+ weeks after having his cast removed earlier this week. Out due to an ankle injury, Zakhele Lepasa is expected to training in four+ weeks time.
Meanwhile, Paseka Mako, who suffered a knee injury knee, continues with rehabilitation and is expected to return in one to two weeks.
In 29 previous matches between the two clubs, Maritzburg have won six, drawn seven and lost 16. Pirates were victorious in their last visit to Pietermaritzburg, clinching a 1-0 win through an injury-time strike from Gabadinho Mhango.
The last time the Team of Choice emerged on the winning side was in December 2016, when Bevan Fransman and Brian Mandela netted early in the second half before Ayanda Nkosi grabbed a late consolation goal for the Buccaneers to make it 2-1.