Bidvest Wits defender Sifiso Hlanti expects a tough clash against Orlando Pirates


Three points for the third-placed Clever Boys might see them reclaim top spot, while the second-positioned Buccaneers will also be looking for the same thing. Both sides are on 41 points with only goal difference separating them.

On top of the standings it's Mamelodi Sundowns who are currently on 44 points.

"It's going to be tough, but it's not going to be tough on our side only, it's going to be tough on their side as well," Hlanti tells

"But on our side the guys are well prepared. They know we are playing a good team so they are well prepared mentally and physically."

'Ezimnyama Ngenkani' were unfortunate not to steal a victory in Monday night's goalless draw against Sundowns as they looked dangerous throughout, but the Bafana Bafana defender says concentrating on their own game will help them deal with Bucs' dangerous strikeforce.

"Lot of the times my brother what I believe in is that we shouldn't worry too much about the opposition, we must do what we are capable of," Hlanti says.

"Yes they are a good side and they are doing well so far, but to avoid that fear we must tell ourselves that we are going to play the way we want. Yes we respect them, but in the field of play we must also bring out whatever we've got. Whoever will be playing must put in an extra foot.

"In terms of going forward they make things happen, so if we are able to contain them, that will help us. The improvement is huge on our side when it comes to scoring goals. If you watch our past few games we scored four goals playing against Celtic, we scored again four when we played Chippa. So if we can shut down in terms of them coming at us...

"Against Chippa we only conceded one goal in open play. But I believe we will do the job with the team we've got because all the remaining games are like a cup final. All teams want to collect points, of which it's a good thing for everyone.

"I'm fully positive everything will go well tomorrow. I don't think a point will be enough, but if it happens we get it, we will appreciate it."

The Absa Premiership clash kicks off at 15h00.