AmaZulu await on-form Chiefs

AmaZulu will look to end Kaizer Chiefs’ winning run when the two sides meet in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday afternoon, kick-off at 15h00.

Amakhosi have won their last five league matches and go into this clash having beaten another Durban outfit, Lamontville Golden Arrows, 1-0 at the same venue on Thursday.

The result saw Stuart Baxter’s men climbing to the top of the log standings with 27 points, three more than Mamelodi Sundowns, who have a date with Maritzburg United on Friday night.

While the Englishman was pleased with another haul of maximum points, he believes they could’ve ended the match as a contest earlier by scoring another goal.

“We played well at times, passed the ball around and got into their penalty area, but we didn’t convert those chances,” said Baxter.

“It didn’t happen against Arrows but sometimes when you don’t kill off games it comes back to bite you; we should be scoring more goals.”

Looking ahead to Sunday’s game, Baxter says he is expecting a different type of encounter against AmaZulu, who are in a much better log position compared to Arrows.

“Against Arrows, the pitch conditions weren’t the easiest but maybe things will improve before Sunday’s game,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to play the ball a bit more like we normally do.

“It’s going to be a different type of contest because AmaZulu play a certain way and they are a confident side at the moment; we have to be on top of our game.”

Usuthu go into this clash having thrashed Arrows 3-0 on Monday afternoon with defender Tamsanqa Teyise netting a brace as Usuthu killed the match in the first half.

The centre-back believes it was a team effot and has urged his teammates to do the same against the Glamour Boys.

“We played well as a team defensively and going forward (against Arrows),” said Teyise. “We’d like to take this performance into our last game of the year against Chiefs.

“If we can play well and win this game then we’ll be in a very good place during the December break.

“It’s not going to be an easy game but we have to work as a team as we did against Golden Arrows. Nothing beats teamwork.

“We are motivated for the game, not because we are facing Chiefs but because there are three points at stake and we need them.”

Chiefs will be without midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who picked up a knee injury against Arrows and is now expected to return to action in the new year.

Last season Chiefs hammered AmaZulu 6-0 in the corresponding fixture with Bernard Parker scoring four goals.