An opportunity to close the year off on a high beckons for Orlando Pirates, who are at home to Black Leopards in a league clash at Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The fixture is the last for 2019 for both sides, who are separated by a single point, with the Soweto Giants higher up in the standings in seventh place, while Leopards are 10th.
It’s also the first match at the helm for new Pirates Coach Josef Zinnbauer, who will be looking to endear himself to The Ghosts with a positive result first up.
A win could push the Buccaneers towards the top four, a decent base with another 15 fixtures to go in the new year.
Like their opponents, Pirates have won just four of their 13 matches played so far and will be keen for maximum points on Saturday.
Recent history favours the Buccaneers in this particular fixture, having pulled a league double over their rivals last season.
A near-perfect showing against Lidoda Duvha in the 2018/19 campaign is blemished by a cup defeat, which came via a penalty shootout.
In the league, Pirates have been the dominant side, winning all six of their most recent encounters, dating back to August 2011.