Amakhosi need to win the match to keep their fading title hopes alive, while also trying to keep their distance between them and Rise and Shine.
This encounter also presents Chiefs with an opportunity to avenge the 1-0 first round defeat suffered at the hands of City in Durban in October 2018.
But at the time, Chiefs played without fans as they were serving a two-match ban after they were found guilty of fan-misbehaviour at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
|Game||Polokwane City v Kaizer Chiefs|
|Date||Saturday, February 23|
|Time||15:30 SA Time|
TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch
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Squads & Team News
|Goalkeeper||Itumeleng Khune (injured)|
|Midfielder||Happy Mashiane (injured)|
Chiefs will have to make a change to their midfield, especially on the left-hand side where Happy Mashiane has been playing in recent weeks.
The 21-year-old is carrying a knock and according to Middendorp, he will not feature in Saturday's encounter at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Also on the sidelines, is captain Itumeleng Khune, who is still nursing a shoulder injury.
Middendorp will rely heavily on Daniel Akpeyi, who could make his return after missing the team's 3-0 win over The Magic FC last week.
He will pin his hopes on the likes of Khama Billiat, George Maluleka and Bernard Parker to lead the team as the club senior players.
Potential Chiefs XI: Akpeyi, Mphahlele, Ntiya-Ntiya, Cardoso, Ngezana, Maluleka, Ntshangase, Zulu, Zuma, Billiat, Castro .
Meanwhile, Rise and Shine will still be without Rodney Ramagalela for this encounter as he's currently frozen out at the club.
But with Jabulani Maluleke and Ayanda Nkili in top form, Rise and Shine supporters are rest-assured that their side will go there to compete.
George Chigova did a brilliant job in midweek when City held Sundowns in Tshwane, and it is his imposing physique that Chiefs' attackers should worry about.
Potential Polokwane City XI: Chigova, Mbonani, Nkili, Phiri, Hlongwane, Maluleke, Mvelase, Seabi, Mashumba, Musona, Booi.
In terms of current form, Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs are close to each other and perhaps why the two teams find themselves just inside the top eight bracket.
Chiefs have won two of their last five games while losing twice and drawing once.
Rise and Shine, on the other hand, have won just once in their last five matches, while drawing twice and losing twice.
Jozef Vukusic will want to rectify the mistakes of the past and ensure that his charges dent Amakhosi's title aspirations.
In head-to-head stats, the two teams have met 11 times in the past with Chiefs recording five wins to City's two, while the other four matches ended in draws.
As things stand, Chiefs are placed seventh on the log while City sit a place behind in the eighth position. Chiefs are ahead of Rise and Shine only on goal difference.