Bay United first-choice goalkeeper Arthur Bartman must be living in dreamland. He still believes Umlilo can avoid relegation.
But he does admit their chances are remote.
The veteran goal minder also made it clear yesterday that losing to AmaZulu at home on Sunday will be disastrous.
Umlilo welcome the rampant Usuthu side to Port Elizabeth Stadium in an all-or-nothing Absa Premiership match.
"This is a do-or-die match for us and we have to win it at all costs," said Bartman.
"We are now in serious trouble after Thanda [Royal Zulu] beat SuperSport United on Wednesday. [But] we have not thrown in the towel and are prepared to die with our boots on to remain in the Premiership.
"We are still going to play Bloemfontein Celtic who also find themselves in the same situation."
AmaZulu defender Belux Kasonga was forthright in his comments about the tie.
"We are going to Port Elizabeth to collect the three points and come back," he said.
But he was quick to say that they will not underestimate Khabo Zondo's battling side.
Usuthu are fifth on the log after they went seven matches without defeat, including five straight wins and, like Umlilo, are left with four matches.
The hosts' skipper Duran Francis and company will need to be at their best to contain the likes of Bradley Ritson and Duminasi Ngwenya.
Kickoff is at 3pm.
l Santos entertain Celtic at Coetzenburg Stadium in Cape Town tonight at 8pm.
Celtic are in relegation trouble, while a defeat for Santos will put coach David Bright under more pressure.