THERE will be no relief for Moroka Swallows in their tough assignment against Absa Premiership champions SuperSport United tonight at Dobsonville Stadium.
The Birds are still reeling from a 2-0 defeat by second-placed Santos at the weekend.
Swallows had a bad start but looked to have turned the corner with impressive wins against Kaizer Chiefs and Lamontville Golden Arrows.
But coach Rainer Zobel's side has been plagued by inconsistency, leading to losses that saw them miss points and effectively drop out of the title chase.
Strikers Siyabonga Nomvethe and Collins Mbesuma will have to step up and support skipper Lefa Tsutsulupa, who has always done the donkey work.
Against Matsantsa a Pitori, goal-scoring chances will be few. The game tonight presents Swallows with the opportunity to make up for their 4-2 defeat by United in the first round.
Swallows will find United in an uncompromising mood since they are chasing a third league win to equal the record set by rivals Mamelodi Sundowns. United coach Gavin Hunt and striker Glen Salmon were on Monday voted November coach and player of the month respectively and confidence must be high in their camp.
Salmon, Jabu Maluleka and winger Daine Klate will stretch the Dube Birds to the limit.