Both sides head into the encounter unbeaten after two games, but Highlands Park are looking for their first win this season after drawing their opening two matches.
Sundowns have drawn one and won one, but despite sittting on four points, they are still in a respectable position on the PSL log.
The Brazilians have had to juggle no less three different competitions thus far, and Pitso Mosimane would be pleased that they have been competitive in all three.
|Game||Mamelodi Sundowns v Highlands Park|
|Date||Wednesday, August 22|
|Time||7:30pm SA Time|
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Sundowns have not reported any injury concerns from their camp, and while Anthony Laffor hasn't been playing of late, he has been training with the team.
The Brazilians have a big squad capable of handling the congested fixture schedule, and it's up to Pitso Mosimane to select a team based on the level of fitness and readiness.
However, players such as Rivaldo Coetzee, George Lebese and Thela Ngobeni have not featured, which could be the opportunity for the technical team to use them this time around.
The Tshwane giants also have the likes of Mosa Lebusa and Reyaad Pieterse among others, who recently joined the team, but whether or not they are ready to play remains to be seen.
Potential Sundowns XI: Onyango; Ngcongca, Lakay, Nascimento, Arendse; Kekana, Manyisa, Zwane; Sirino, Maboe, Vilakazi.
While Highlands Park are yet to win a match thus far, coach Owen Da Gama is not expected to tweak his team for this clash as he looks for consistency and most importantly show faith in those who have done well for the club.
Mothobi Mvala, Bevan Fransman and Tapuwa Kapini are some of the experienced players in the team, and Da Gama will hope to seem bring their A-game for this encounter.
Mahlangu, Mvala and Nyembe are all sitting on one yellow card each, and featured in the previous match against Black Leopards at the Makhulong Stadium.
However, they appear likely to start against Sundowns and possibly propel them to victory in Tshwane.
This match will no doubt be a test of character for the Lions of the North, and a chance for Da Gama to see if he needs both Ayanda Gcaba and Tendai Ndoro, who have been training with them over the past week.
Potential Highlands Park XI: Kapini, Mokoena, Fransman, Motsepe, Ramoraka, Mahlangu, Rae, Zwane, Mvala, M. Mokoena, Nyembe.
Highlands Park are yet to beat Sundowns in three teams' three previous meeting.
Nonetheless, they will draw positives from the fact that they drew 2-2 with Sundowns the last time out.
In those three matches, Sundowns have won two and drawn the other; something which Mosimane would hope to build on as he looks to move up the ladder.
While both sides are still unbeaten in the league thus far, Sundowns have looked the better side in terms of the number of goals scored and conceded compared to their Tembisa-based opponents.
The Brazilians have conceded just once (in their 1-1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs) and they have netted three goals already this season.
Highlands Park on the other hand, have scored three and conceded the same number of goals in the two matches that they have played.