Absa Premiership Preview: Kaizer Chiefs vs Moroka Swallows
Kaizer Chief will be looking to extend their unbeaten run of eight matches without a lose when they travel to rivals Moroka Swallows in the Absa Premiership encounter at the Dobsonville Stadium Friday night, kickoff at 8pm.
The defending Absa Premiership champions have registered their eighth win in a row when they defeated title chasers and second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns in their last outing. Amakhosi are leading the table with 33 points from 15 matches, and they have exceeded the half number of points that can win a title at the end of the season.
To come away with maximum points from few kilometres from their home ground FNB Stadium is task that Kaizer Chiefs will have to dig deep to pass, as their neighbours knows that dropping out of the top-half of table will result as a fail when they review their league objectives at the end of the season.
The Dube Birds know very well a win for them will mean they stole four points from Kaizer Chiefs after holding the on-form side to 1-1 draw away from last November, in a game where their goalkeeper Ituemeleng Khune made a couple of outstanding saves to spare his side from blushes.
Kaizer Chiefs defensive midfielder Willard Katsande, says even thought they have much respect for their fierce rivals, fires a warning to their old enemies and says his coach has a plan to down them come Friday night in the township of Soweto.
“We are prepared for the hard encounter against Moroka Swallows. Though we respect them, we will not worry much about them as we have master of coach in Stuart Baxter who will guide us to another victory on Friday night.”
The Zimbabwean added, “Swallows are a good side and mind you we are visiting them at their home ground, but we will stick to our game plan that I believe will make their easier for us on the night.
Moroka Swallows are 6th on the log, ten points behind their Friday night opposition with 22 points after 14 matches.
The corresponding last season was won by Kaizer Chiefs 3-1, and to show the odds will be against the home side on the night, is that they have never beaten Kaizer Chiefs since the rebuilding of the Dobsonville Stadium in 2009.