In-form City take aim at stuttering Chiefs

In-form City take aim at stuttering Chiefs
Gustavo Paez of Kaizer Chiefs is tackled by Roland Putsche of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Cape Town City and Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium on 25 April 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 17:09

Cape Town City will chase a hat-trick of Absa Premiership wins when they host Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium on 13 September 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

City have a 100 percent record at the start of the 2017/18 league season, having claimed a 1-0 away win over champions Bidvest Wits and a 3-1 home triumph over Platinum Stars. The latter victory featured goals from Letsie Koapeng, Ayanda Patosi and Teko Modise, with the Cape side really getting into their stride.

The Citizens’ terrific start to the Absa Premiership campaign will have delighted coach Benni McCarthy, who must now make sure that his team has put the international break behind them and are ready to resume domestic duties.

It’s a very different story for Kaizer Chiefs and coach Steve Komphela, who opened the season with a 1-1 draw away to Bloemfontein Celtic and followed it up with a 2-1 home loss at the hands of SuperSport United.

The latter defeat was a fighting performance with a numerical disadvantage for the majority of the match, but such excuses are never acceptable to a demanding Amakhosi fan base. They will expect nothing less than a victory when their team comes up against the Citizens.

In head-to-head stats, City and Chiefs have clashed in just two league matches. Both encounters took place last season, with the teams drawing 1-1 in Soweto in the first half of the campaign, before the return game in Cape Town saw the Citizens claim a dramatic 3-2 win thanks to a late strike from Judas Moseamedi.

City’s line-up from their 3-1 win over Stars on 23 August: Walters, Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Kobola, Putsche, Matsi (Modise 62’), Manyama (Masina 46’), Lakay, Patosi (Majoro 80’), Koapeng.

Chiefs’ line-up from their 2-1 loss to SuperSport on 23 August: Khuzwayo, Mphahlele, Gordinho (Cardoso 17’), Mathoho, Masilela (Zulu 25’), Ekstein, Katsande, Maluleka, Tshabalala, Parker (Twala 58’), Paez.

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