Chiefs, SuperSport look for first league win

Chiefs, SuperSport look for first league win
Reneilwe Letsholonyane of Supersport United evades a tackle from Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Supersport United and Kaizer Chiefs on 29 April 2017 at Mbombela Stadium ©Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 10:30

Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United will both be targeting their first Absa Premiership win of the new season when they meet at FNB Stadium on 23 August 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Chiefs opened their league campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday. The Soweto giants will be disappointed at having walked away from the match with just a point after they claimed the lead through Erick Mathoho in the first half.

The Amakhosi enjoyed a strong home record last season, going unbeaten in their 15 turns as hosts. However, they drew no less than seven of those matches and coach Steve Komphela will be hoping for more wins at ‘Soccer City’.

SuperSport’s league campaign got off to a dispiriting start as they were beaten 2-0 at home by Tshwane rivals Mamelodi Sundowns. Not only did Eric Tinkler’s side suffer a humbling defeat, they also ended the match with 10 men after the dismissal of captain Dean Furman, who will miss this fixture due to suspension.

Matsatsantsa had a respectable away record last season, with five wins, seven draws and just three defeats from 15 games on the road. Tinkler will hope to improve on their haul of 22 away points from 2016/17, starting with at least one from this trip to Soweto.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and SuperSport have clashed in 53 league matches since 1990. Both the Amakhosi and Matsatsantsa have claimed 19 wins apiece, with 15 encounters finishing in draws. That evenness is reflected in the Soweto side’s home record: 11 wins each and five draws from 22 matches.

Last season the teams played to draws in both of their league meetings: the Amakhosi’s home match ended in a 1-1 draw, while the return game hosted by Matsatsantsa finished in a 2-2 draw which was one of the best games of the 2016/17 campaign and featured the Absa-lutely Goal of the Season from Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Chiefs’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Celtic on 20 August: Khuzwayo, Masilela, Gordinho, Mathoho (Cardoso 69’), Mphahlele, Tshabalala (Chirambadare 83’), Katsande, Ekstein (Twala 77’), Buchanan, Parker, Paez.

SuperSport’s line-up from their 2-0 loss to Sundowns on 19 August: Williams, Modiba, Daniels, Gould, Bhasera, Phala, Furman, Letsholonyane (Mokoena 59’), Mnyamane (Nhlapo 59’), Grobler, Brockie (Mbule 78’).




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