Chiefs welcome in-form Arrows

Chiefs welcome in-form Arrows
George Maluleka of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Knox Mutizwa of Golden Arrows during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows at the FNB Stadium, South Africa on 06 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 09:30

Kaizer Chiefs will welcome the Absa Premiership’s form team and log leaders Golden Arrows to the FNB Stadium on 23 September 2017, kick-off at 20h00.

Chiefs themselves are in good form, having claimed seven points from the last nine up for grabs. The Soweto giants won 2-0 at Maritzburg United in midweek, with Gustavo Paez scoring a brace and goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune putting in a third straight man-of-the-match performance.

The Amakhosi are chasing their first home win of the season, having been beaten by SuperSport United and held to a draw by Bidvest Wits in their two matches at ‘Soccer City’ thus far.

Arrows racked up a third successive win and retained their place at the top of the log when they defeated Platinum Stars 1-0 away from home in midweek. The Durban side needed a late penalty from Kuda Mahachi to seal the win, but their persistence was rewarded in the end.

Abafana Bes’thende have claimed seven of their 11 log points this season in away matches and will be confident of adding to that tally, despite the pedigree of their hosts.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Arrows have met in 32 league matches since 2000/01. The Amakhosi have claimed 18 wins compared to six for Abafana Bes’thende, while eight matches have been drawn. Chiefs have won 10 of their 16 home league matches against Arrows, suffering just three defeats in the process.

Last season the Soweto giants took four points off Arrows: they won 2-0 in Durban thanks to goals from Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker, while the return game in Soweto finished 1-1 after Ryan Moon’s opener was cancelled out by a late equaliser from Knox Mutizwa. The Amakhosi are unbeaten in their last nine league matches against Abafana Bes’thende.

Chiefs’ line-up from their 2-0 win over Maritzburg on September 20: Khune, Moleko, Gordinho, Cardoso, Zulu, Katsande, Malope (Ekstein 71'), Meyiwa (Mathoho 67'), Jayiya (Parker 80'), Tshabalala, Páez.

Arrows’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Stars on September 20: Gumede, Dube, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Nkombelo, Jooste (Sibiya 46’), Cele, Molefe (Bilankulu 46’), Magubane (Mutizwa 77’), Mahachi, Lamola.

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