Free State Stars will be determined to collect all three points when they host Baroka at Goble Park on Wednesday.
Stars currently find themselves just one point above the drop zone in 13th place following their 1-1 draw against Highlands Park last week, while Baroka are down in 15th place after their 2-1 defeat at home against Sundowns.
With just four matches remaining, the outcome of Wednesday’s match will be hugely crucial for both teams.
Stars coach Nikola Kavazovic will be very aware of the fact that with games against Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows to come – and with only one of those games (against the Brazilians) taking place at their home stadium – there will be no better chance for them to secure their survival in the Absa Premiership than against struggling Baroka tomorrow.
Bakgaga certainly won’t be pushovers, however, as proven by their 1-0 victory over Chiefs earlier this month, and Stars will still need to be at their best in order to notch up the win.
Looking at the head-to-head battle, the two sides look very evenly matched, with Stars having won two, lost two and drawn one.
That lone draw came in the last meeting between the two sides, a 0-0 stalemate at the Peter Mokaba Stadium earlier this season.
Meanwhile, both teams will have to do without key players due to them serving suspensions: Baroka will be without midfielder Rodwell Chinyengetere while Stars will not be able to count on defender Sifiso Mbhele.