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Highlands Park v Kaizer Chiefs

Highlands Park will be aiming to claim the scalp of Kaizer Chiefs when the Premiership leaders make the trip to Makhulong Stadium in the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup.

The Lions of the North head into Saturday's encounter in Tembisa looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to five games, with their most recent result a 2-2 draw against Wits at the Bidvest Stadium in midweek.

Chiefs, meanwhile, will be determined to return to the winning trail after slumping to a 2-1 home defeat against a resurgent Maritzburg United in the Premiership last weekend.

However, they can expect to face stern opposition in the Lions of the North, with head coach Owen Da Gama determined to ensure his side does not suffer a third defeat to Amakhosi this season.

"I can't see us losing three times. It could be third time lucky you will never know. But we will surely give it our best shot," said Da Gama, as quoted by Backpage TXT.

"There is no doubt there is a lot of pressure on Chiefs. I mean they are a big team; they are vulnerable, and we got a score to settle there is no doubt about that.

"We are going to fight for our lives, it is a game that we have to prove we can do it against a team of Chiefs' calibre."

And, with Highlands Park boasting a good record on home soil this year, winning five of their last six, Chiefs must be wary of a potential slip-up in Tembisa.

Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp has urged the Soweto club's supporters to get behind the team and cheer them on to glory this weekend.

"Everybody should be very happy to be in a challenging situation and being able, in March, to win the championship. It's something they haven't been able to experience over the last five years," Middendorp told reporters.

"Now everybody should really support and really be with the team in each and every moment, it doesn't matter in a cup game, home or wherever, we are aware of it.

"Everybody knows what is at stake and they know exactly what was achieved so far, there's no doubt about it. We have very smart, intelligent supporters on the Kaizer Chiefs side and we will see it in the near future."

Chiefs trio Daniel Cardoso, Lebogang Manyama and Reeve Frosler are all on three bookings, meaning a fourth yellow card on Saturday would rule them out of the Soweto Derby next Saturday.