Bloemfontein Celtic will look to build on their recent improved form when they host the University of Pretoria at the Free State Stadium on Saturday.
While Phunya Sele Sele are currently in eighth place with 10 points from seven matches, they defeated Orlando Pirates 1-0 at home before holding Kaizer Chiefs to a 0-0 draw at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium before the international break.
Tuks, meanwhile, have been in fine form all season, and despite coming in to this game on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Pirates last time out, they are sitting pretty in fourth place with 12 points.
They were, however, eliminated from the Telkom Knockout by Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday.
And Celtic midfielder Ruzaigh Gamildien knows they face a tough test against the Premier League newcomers.
He told SuperSport: “Each game is a difficult game nowadays and Tuks is a decent team. The confidence is there and hopefully we will get the three points.
“It will be tough; we expect them to go all out. Mame Niang is in great form and we will have to deal with his threat. We traditionally play better against the stronger teams so it is quite a dodgy fixture for us.”
Celtic will have to do without the suspended Tsietsi Mahoa, as well as Thabani Stemmer and Tumelo Mogapi, who have both been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, AmaTuks striker Mame Niang is confident ahead of the tie despite their recent setbacks.
He said: “The confidence is still there. We didn’t play so badly against Pirates, but we were disappointed against Sundowns.
“In the first half we struggled but the second half we did a lot better. The coach is trying to keep us from getting into a comfort zone. We are still a young team and the confidence is there.
“Celtic have done well this season. They looked to improve their squad after they lost a few players by bringing in new ones.
“We respect them but we still have a chance of coming away with the points.
“They are strong at home but we are just as strong away from home. We are yet to drop any points away and we are looking to extend that and come back fighting.”
Tukkies will be without Junior Sibande, who is suspended.
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