On their last visit to KZN, United buckled under the pressure of carrying the hopes and aspirations of the entire Eastern Cape, going down 1-0 to Maritzburg United.
Coach Vladislav Heric told the PE Herald that the players “froze” and did not play to their true potential.
Hopefully, the players have regained their composure for the match against Lions at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday because they will have to be at their very best to beat the Durban outfit who are currently riding the crest of the wave.
Although they have not qualified for the play-offs, the Lions have had an excellent run in the lucrative Nedbank Knockout Cup and are in the quarter-finals where they have been drawn against MP Black Aces.
They are tipped to reach the semifinals at least.
Meanwhile, Maritzburg United, who have a two-point lead over Bay United, play Durban Stars in their final encounter.
If Stars beat Maritzburg, Bay United will be in business – provided they beat Nathi Lions.
Even if Stars hold the log-leaders to a draw, it will suit Bay United who have a far superior goal-difference.
Meanwhile, Bay United‘s general manager, Senzo Masingiza, said: “As far as I am concerned, we should not depend on Stars to do us a favour.
“We must plan ahead for the play-offs. If we do finish at the top of the log and get two chances at promotion it will be a bonus.”
The first set of play-offs involving the winners of the Inland Stream and Coastal Stream will be played on May 10 and 17 on a home-and-away basis. The second set of play-offs involving the loser of the first play-off, the runners-up in the two streams and the team finishing 15th on the Premier Soccer League log starts on May 27 and will be played over two weeks.
Bay United will have nothing to lose on Saturday if they throw caution to the wind and come out firing on all cylinders.