But the league leaders face a difficult challenge in the North West province
The teams had contrasting fortunes in midweek, when the AmaKhosi celebrated a last-minute winner over Moroka Swallows, while Stars succumbed to a shock 2-1 loss to minnows Chippa United that brought an end to their five-game winning streak.
Chiefs currently hold a four-point advantage over defending Absa Premiership champions Orlando Pirates, but with Bucs beginning to hit form, any slip-ups could be costly. It is something coach Stuart Baxter is aware of.
“We are not reading too much into the [2-1 loss for Stars] on Tuesday. We are preparing here for a very tough game against a top team. We need to be at our best on Saturday to bring maximum points to Naturena,” Baxter told his club’s website, before lamenting the loss through suspension of Reneilwe Letsholonyane.
“We are missing the services of Reneilwe this coming weekend which is a blow for us. He is on a high following this performance on Tuesday. We will need to assess Tower [Erick Mathoho] who took a knock in the [Swallows] game,” Baxter says.
“Besides that we are looking forward to the game against Platinum Stars. They are obviously back on their turf this weekend. We need to be consistent and keep the momentum going.”
Dikwena coach Cavin Johnson knows the difficulty of the task at hand, and that the visitors will get significant support from the stands, but believes his team can get the three points.
"Stuart Baxter has them attacking very well and their running off the ball is very good. Maybe we can sneak in a goal behind them but I'm not going to risk losing the game by giving any more of our plans away," Johnson says.
"We will play as best we can and if we get something out of it then so be it … I call it a home-away game because although it is at our stadium, it will be filled with the other team's supporters. But while the seats might be theirs, we want the grass to be ours."
|DID YOU KNOW|
- Platinum Stars have performed well at home this season, claiming four wins from five matches.
Chiefs have recorded three wins and two draws from their five away matches so far this season.
- In head-to-head stats, Stars and Chiefs have met in 18 league matches since 2003/04. The AmaKhosi have claimed eight wins compared to just two for Dikwena, while there have been eight draws.
- Stars have never won a home league match against Chiefs, with four draws and five defeats from nine matches.
- Last season the AmaKhosi did a league ‘double’ over Dikwena, winning 1-0 at home and 2-1 away.