Four-time Absa Premiership champions Pitso Mosimane has been quick to say Thursday's six-pointer against Kaizer Chiefs will not be a title-decider.
Following Chiefs' shock 1-1 draw against Stellenbosch FC last Sunday, Sundowns responded with a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows on Monday to narrow Chiefs' lead to just three points.
With four more league games left before meeting Chiefs at the Orlando Stadium on Thursday night, a win for Sundowns will leave both teams with 53 points and three more games to play - or Amakhosi will extend the lead to six points with victory.
"The way I know this thing, the way I have been with this thing, sometimes the title might be won in the last match.
“And sometimes I always tell you guys that you don’t value a point – we might not even win against Chiefs. Of course we want to win to make everything correct. But mathematically, the league won’t be won on Thursday. How many more points do you have? So we deserved a chance, we deserved a break – this thing (race) still has a heartbeat. You have to buckle up.
"We are all feeling the stress. You saw the last few minutes of how the Arrows defence was reinforced, we had to put the balls in between. We have played against a reinforced defence for the last seven, eight years – everybody behind the ball against Sundowns. It’s our life, our stress, it’s football in the bio-bubble,” he concluded.
Amakhosi and Ka Bo Yellow's battle will kick off at 18:00 at Chiefs' bio-bubble home of Orlando.