The Soweto giants are currently enjoying a 13-match unbeaten run in all competitions having defeated Light Stars at home in the Caf Champions League clash in midweek.
However, Pirates drew 0-0 with their Gauteng rivals Mamelodi Sundowns away in their last league encounter earlier this month.
The draw was enough to put Bucs at the top of the league standings having collected 23 points from 13 games. They are three points above third-placed Bidvest Wits.
|Game||Orlando Pirates v Maritzburg United|
|Date||Saturday, December 1|
|Time||20:15 SA Time|
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The Buccaneers will remain at the top of the table if they secure a win over a struggling Maritzburg side.
Midfielder Ben Motshwari is expected to make his return from injury, while winger Luvuyo Memela is out nursing a long-term injury and goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo has recovered from an ankle injury.
Pirates' Zambian forwards Augustine Mulenga and Justin Shonga scored in midweek and they will be keen to inspire Milutin Sredojevic's side to victory.
Potential Pirates XI: Mabokgwane, Mbekile, Maela, Jele, Munetsi, Mlambo, Nyatama, Lorch, Pule, Mulenga, Shonga.
Meanwhile, Maritzburg extended their winless run to four matches in all competitions when they drew 0-0 with Chippa United at home in a league game in midweek.
As a result, the Team of Choice are placed 15th on the league standings having accumulated nine points from 10 matches. They are three points behind 10th-placed Highlands Park.
The KwaZulu-Natal side will be desperate for a victory which would see them move out of the relegation zone.
Midfield maestro Keagan Buchanan, who joined the club from Kaizer Chiefs at the beginning of the season, is still out nursing a long-term injury.
Maritzburg head coach Fadlu Davids will look to Yannick Zakri and Siphesihle Ndlovu, who are key players in the team.
Potential Maritzburg XI: Ofori, Onyango, De Reuck, Xulu, Makaringe, Ndlovu, Mekoa, Kunene, Figuaredo, Zakri, Mokate.
In head-to-head stats since the 2005/06 season, Maritzburg and Pirates have clashed in 24 league matches.
Bucs have dominated this fixture claiming 12 wins compared to six for the Team of Choice, while six games have been drawn.
Pirates collected four points from Maritzburg last season, drawing 0-0 in Pietermaritzburg before winning 2-1 in the return in Soweto.