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Kaizer Chiefs v Highlands Park

Ernst Middendorp's Kaizer Chiefs will be aiming to halt a three-match winless streak when they lock horns with Highlands Park in Durban on Saturday evening.

Amakhosi have collected two points from their last three Absa Premiership fixtures, and now find themselves trailing top-of-the-table Sundowns by ten points heading into this coming weekend's round of fixtures.

The Lions of the North, meanwhile, are not too far behind, trailing Chiefs by two places and three points after 21 games.

On the team news front, Chiefs will be without the services of Happy Mashiane, who joins Itumeleng Khune, Erick Mathoho, Joseph Molangoane and Lebogang Manyama on the injury table.

Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro face a late fitness tests, with the latter having missed the 1-1 draw against Polokwane to illness and a minor injury.

And, Middendorp has confirmed that goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi will retain his place in the starting line-up after his blunder lead to Polokwane's equaliser last Saturday.

"It happens. We must accept it in the moment," Middendorp told Times Live. "And OK, he will play, he will start.

"And I hope he's mentally strong enough. It looks that way to me, and I am quite convinced that he knows that he has to do it in a proper way."

Highlands Park coach Owen Da Gama has called on his side to continue their good run of form away from home - the Lions of the North have been defeated just once in their last six away games in the Premiership.

"Look, we play a fantastic team who do not have any away or home games," Da Gama is quoted as saying by Times Live.

"Wherever Chiefs play is home for them. It is an away game for us and we must continue with our good travelling record. We do not fear Chiefs but instead respect them."