Carara Kicks' coach David Vilakazi believes his troops will end Durban Stars' surprise dominance over the National First Division coastal stream early pacesetters.
The sides lock horns at King Zwelithini Stadium at 4pm today.
Stars beat FC Cape Town 2-0 while they were at the top in October and repeated the feat against Ikapa Sporting, winning 3-1, last weekend. Kicks are on top of the log with 16 points from eight matches.
"We expect a tough match against Stars, because they are a totally different team from the one that we beat 3-0 in the first round, they are more organised," said Vilakazi, the former Free State Stars player.
"We are prepared to fight for the three points although it will be difficult."
Basil Mohalane, Kicks' general manager, said: "We are quite comfortable that we are still very much in the race for the championships. Our plan is to finish at the top of the log, we want to see ourselves in the Premiership next season."
Kicks' Namibians pair of Michael Pienaar and Steven Goagab are out injured.
Stars' owner Phindani Nene said they will beat Kicks.
"As the management and the players we resolved to gain revenge over all the teams that beat us in the first round, as part of our mission of moving out of the relegation zone," said Nene.
Meanwhile in the inland stream the main focus will be on the clash between log leaders Jomo Cosmos and Winners Park, who are third on the log, at Seshego Stadium on Sunday.
Mpumalanga Black Aces' new coach, Sammy Troughton will face an acid test against the inconsistent FC AK tomorrow.