From a possible six points, Bucs have only managed a single point following an away loss to Engen Santos and a score-less home draw with Lamontville Golden Arrows and unless they can come home with all three points in the bag on Wednesday, they will have lost touch with the Urban Warriors.
Celtic coach Khabo Zondo also has his back against the wall and it is being speculated that he is among the league coaches living on borrowed time with his team failing to up the gear since the resumption of the second round.
Phunya Sele Sele were walloped 3-1 by Moroka Swallows in their last fixture, but what makes matters worse was the fact that they were leading 1-0 with just over 10 minutes before the final whistle.
Pirates say they will be firing on all cylinders with the return of leading goal scorer Excellent Walaza, who with rising star Happy Jele, sat out the Arrows match after accumulating three bookings each.
Destin Makita and Ralph Matema are also fully fit which should give head coach Owen da Gama a fair amount of options against a team he drubbed 3-1 in the first round at home.