Simphiwe Mtsweni of AmaZulu during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between AmaZulu and Platinum Stars at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban on 23 September 2017 © Steve Haag/BackpagePix
Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 10:08
AmaZulu will take aim at high-flying Absa Premiership leaders Baroka FC when the teams meet at King Zwelithini Stadium on 1 November 2017, kick-off at 19h30.
AmaZulu come into the match having claimed a surprise 2-1 away win over Mamelodi Sundowns on October 21. The Durban side’s first victory on the road this season was secured by goals from veteran strikers Siyabonga Nomvethe and Mabhuti Khenyeza.
Usuthu have a respectable home record this season, with eight points claimed from a possible 15. However, their last two turns as hosts have resulted in a 1-1 draw with struggling Platinum Stars and a 3-2 loss against Polokwane City.
Baroka suffered their first league defeat of the season when they went down 1-0 at home to Bidvest Wits on October 22. The Limpopo side had put together an eight-match unbeaten run prior to that result and still lead the log table despite the defeat.
Bakgaga have performed impressively away from home this season, claiming 10 points from a possible 12. Their last match on the road was a stunning 2-1 win over heavyweights Kaizer Chiefs in Durban in late September.
In terms of head-to-head stats, this will be the first top flight league meeting of AmaZulu and Baroka.
AmaZulu’s line-up from their 2-1 win over Sundowns on October 21: Pule, M. Gumede, P. Gumede, Ouro-Akoriko, Morton, Dlamini L, Darpoh, Mbatha B, Ncobeni, Cele, Manzini (Nomvethe 74').
Baroka’s line-up from their 1-0 loss to Wits on October 22: Vries, Shaku, Matloga, Chawapihwa (Nguzana 77’), Banda, Moeti, Masenamela, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane (Nglande 55’), Macha (Motupa 8’).