By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
THE Absa Premiership clubs return to action with eight matches being played at various venues throughout the country.
The focus will be on two relegated threatened side, Black Leopards and Jomo Cosmos who face Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs respectively.
Leopards who pay Pirates a visit at Orlando Stadium are lying second from the bottom of the log with 10 points need to win at all cost if they have to save themselves from the looming relegation.
On other hand Pirates (5th position with 24 points) need three points desperately as they want to close the gap between themselves pacesetters, Mamelodi Sundowns who are seven points clear of them.
Meanwhile Cosmos (16th with 9 points) who welcome Chiefs in their home match away from home at the Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape will be looking forward to cause an upset in this match.
Victory tonight will see Ezenkosi unseat Lidoda Duvha from the 15th position, and that is if Leopards lose to Pirates.
In the other interesting matches, Mamelodi Sundowns will be looking forward to maintain their lead on the log when they take on AmaZulu away at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Their rivals and second placed, SuperSport United will be hoping that Sundowns should lose to AmaZulu while they win their match tonight at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.
United are lying second with 28 points with Sundowns leading the log with 31 points.
The rest of the fixtures are: Moroka Swallows v Santos (Dobsonville), Ajax Cape Town v Platinum Stars (Cape Town), Bloemfontein Celtic v Golden Arrows and BidVest Wits v Maritzburg United (BidVest). Kick-Off for these matches is 7.30pm.