AmaZulu, Leopards meet in penultimate round

AmaZulu, Leopards meet in penultimate round
Michael Morton of AmaZulu challenged by Tshediso Patjie of Baroka during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Baroka and AmaZulu at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on the 28 April 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by BackPageTXT

Friday May 03, 2019. 09:02

AmaZulu and Black Leopards will clash in the penultimate round of the Absa Premiership season at the King Zwelithini Stadium on 4 May 2019, kick-off at 15h00.

AmaZulu suffered a third defeat from their last five league matches (and a 12th loss overall this season) when they went down 1-0 away to Baroka FC on April 28.

Usuthu have claimed 26 points from 14 home matches this season, with their last result as hosts a 2-0 win over SuperSport United on April 24.

Leopards suffered a third successive loss (and extended their winless run to six matches) when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Mamelodi Sundowns on April 30.

Lidoda Duvha have claimed just seven points from 14 away matches this season, with their last result on the road a 3-1 loss at Bidvest Wits on April 24. The Limpopo side’s only away win was at Baroka FC in January.

In head-to-head stats, Leopards and AmaZulu have met in 13 top-flight league matches since 2001/02. Both Usuthu and Lidoda Duvha have claimed six wins each, while just one match has been drawn. The Durban side has claimed four wins from six matches as hosts in the rivalry, suffering two defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, at Thohoyandou Stadium in December 2018, Leopards claimed a 3-1 home win thanks to goals from Lifa Hlongwane, Tshwarelo Bereng and Mwape Musonda.

AmaZulu’s line-up from their 1-0 loss to Baroka on April 28: Mbatha, M. Gumede, S. Gumede, van Heerden, Mabiliso, Morton, Chawapiwa, Ncube (Vilakazi 81’), Sithebe, Karuru (Ntsundwana 82’), Ntuli.

Leopards’ line-up from their 2-1 loss to Sundowns on April 30: K. Ndlovu, Mokoena, Munganga, Katjiukua, Zulu, Mudau, Ngambi, Mahangwahaya (Khutlang 38’), Hlongwane (Tshepe 73’), Bereng, Musonda (T. Ndlovu 58’).

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