The Limpopo club are just three points above the drop zone, having beaten Bloemfontein Celtic in their most recent action to end a run of six consecutive draws.
Maritzburg are meanwhile in fourth spot and could for at least Friday night go third on the table if they can record a win.
In recent head-to-head stats against Rise and Shine, the last two matches have ended in draws, while the Team of Choice have to go back to August 2014 for their last win against Polokwane, underlining the challenge they face.
“We’re looking forward to the game – we don’t feel any pressure, but playing at home our main objective is to make our fans happy with a win and a good performance,” said Maritzburg midfielder Siphesihle Ndlovu.
“We always take it one game at a time. You can see how we played in the Nedbank Cup, our focus was there. Now we’re back in the league and are preparing this week accordingly. Its an important game from the point of view that we want to at least maintain our position we don’t want to go backwards (on the table),” the 21-year-old explained.
“But it won’t be easy, because Polokwane also have their objectives in trying to move away from the relegation zone. We expect them to come at us, firing, attacking in numbers. They won’t come here looking for a draw, I think they’ll come looking for a win.
“So for us we just have to keep calm, contain their intensity, and from there we can give them what they don’t want!”
The game kicks off at 8pm on Friday. Team of Choice captain Bevan Fransman is out suspended, but Andrea Fileccia returns from his ban.
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