Mamelodi Sundowns will play against Highlands Park in a crucial league match at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday night.

The game will be a pre-cursor to the big clash against arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday.

The PSL champions are in third position with 14 points from six matches, behind log leaders Chiefs on 19 points from eight matches. Sundowns’ mentor Pitso Mosimane says the Highlands game is bigger than the Chiefs match.

Sundowns were hammered 4-2 by Chiefs in the Shell Helix Cup clash at FNB stadium more than a week ago.

The Brazilians were trailing 4-0 at half time but salvaged some pride with two goals in the second half. Mosimane says they do not need to beat Chiefs to win the league.

The Brazilians drew 0-0 at Loftus in the first round last season, but won 1-0 at FNB stadium in the second round. Mosimane says they will not be emotional when they face Chiefs on Sunday.

Midfielder Andile Jali had a good game in the middle of the park before he was substituted due to an injury.

Jali has been struggling for game time in recent months but is slowly regaining his fitness and form. Mosimane says it is too early to talk about Bafana Bafana return. – Report by Vincent Sitsula