This match is Orlando Pirates first domestic assignment since losing 1-0 to old foes Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto derby on March 21.
They, however, arrive at Loftus Versfeld riding on some good form in the Confederation Cup where their last result was a 3-0 win over Al Ahli Benghazi last Sunday.
The defeat by Chiefs was the only one in their last five games where they have also posted two wins and as many draws.
According to Zinnbauer “This game is good for us, it gives us a chance to measure ourselves against a top team,” Zinnbauer said. “It also gives us a chance to measure ourselves against a Champions League team.
“They’ve played very well in the Champions League group stages and this is good for our players and exposes us to a good experience.
“You have a chance to win in all games, so we’re looking forward to this contest. If you win this game, the reward is a place in the semi-final.
“I asked this question to the players where I said, “if you want to go forward [and advance] then you have to win this game.
On the other hand, Sundowns have also been doing well except last Friday’s 2-0 Caf Champions League home defeat by CR Belouizdad’
They go into Thursday’s encounter fresh from a PSL win over Chippa United.
Just like Pirates, Sundowns have one defeat, two victories and as many draws in their last five outings.
So, the last match between these giants saw Masandawana winning 1-0 in a league match on January 2 at Loftus Versfeld.