Chiefs and United meet in the top-of-the-table clash
Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to continue their winning streak when they host Supersport United in the Absa premiership top-of-the-table clash at their alternative venue Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday night, kickoff at 19:30.
The Glomour Boys have the score to settle against Matsatsantsa, who beat them in the reverse fixture 3-1 at Lucas Moripe Stadium. The defending Absa Premiership champions are 1st on log with 36 points after 16 games, and their 10 points clear of second-placed Supersport United, who are on 26 points from 16 matches.
The encounter is expected to produce fireworks as it will be the battle of two teams that are going to contest in Africa, as Kaizer Chiefs will be participating in the CAF Champions League while Supersport United will be in action at CAF Confederations Cup.
Both sides have been busy in the market in January transfer window, with the Johannesburg-based Kaizer Chiefs brought in George Maluleka, who is formerly with Supersport United, and former Bafana Bafaba striker Katlego Mphela on-loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.
Supersport United have brought in Lebohang Manyama, who they beat Kaizer Chiefs on race for 23-year old’ signature, as well as former Israel-based striker Dino Ndlovu on-loan from Maccabi Haifa.
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter, says they will give their opponents the respect they deserve and they are still monitoring their injured players ahead of their trip to Polokwane. “We will give Supersport United the respect they deserve after they beat us in the first-round. There will also be added motivation of both teams needing the points on offer.
“We are monitoring several players like Bernard Parker, Tshepo Masilela, and Kingston Nkhatha, who all suffer from niggling assorted of injuries,” added the English mentor.
Struggling sides University of Pretoria and Maritzburg United will collide in a match where either of the two sides will want to pick up point and move away from the danger zone. AmaTuks are at home, and a win will see them move within touch with top of the half placed teams, as Steve Barker’s men lie 11th on the log with 17 points after 16 matches.
The Team of Choice are just four points behind their opponents on 13th place after 15 rounds of matches. Their new coach Steve Kompela is given a task to move the KwaZulu-Natal side away from the danger zone, as they are in the same points as his former side Free State Stars, who are on 13 points and occupying a playoff place.
Moroka Swallows will hope to put their home loss to Kaizer Chiefs and focus on getting back to winning ways when they visit Mpumalanga Black Aces on the same night. The Dube Birds beat the Zionist 3-2 in the first-round, with club joint top-goal scorer Edward Manqele netting a hat-trick on the night.
Zeca Marques’s troops are 6th on the log with 22 points after 15 matches, while the Nelspruit-based outfit sitting 12th on the log with 17 points after 14 matches, and just seven points off the automatic relegation spot. Clive Barker will have more attacking options after adding former Orlando Pirates striker Thulasizwe Mbuyane to his side.
The other tie on the night will see Mamelodi Sundowns at home to relegation-threatened Golden Arrows. The Brazilians started the season like a house on fire, but they have found themselves lately without a win in their last four matches, and that resulting them to drop down the summit of the table as they now occupy 3rd spot on the log with 25 points, and 11 points behind leaders Kaizer Chiefs but they played two games less.
Golden Arrows, who called former Kaizer Chiefs and veteran goalkeeper Arthur Bartman out of his retirement to try and help them overcome their problem of conceding goals every match, need to react fast and start collecting points if they are to avoid the axe. The Durban-based side are rock bottom with 10 points after 15 matches, and they are just three points from safety.