Chippa look to secure survival

Chippa look to secure survival
Tercious Malepe of Chippa United challenged by Siyabonga Ngezana of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Chippa United at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 10 November 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday May 10, 2019. 18:00

Chippa United will be looking to secure Absa Premiership survival when they host Kaizer Chiefs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 11 May 2019, kick-off at 15h00.

Chippa claimed their sixth win of the season when they defeated Polokwane City 3-1 away from home on May 4. The result saw the Eastern Cape side move out of the relegation playoff berth, though they only sit above the red zone on goal difference.

The Chilli Boys have claimed 13 points from 14 home matches this season, with their last result as hosts a 2-0 loss at the hands of Cape Town City in late April.

Chiefs have gone six league matches without a win after they were held 1-1 at home by Free State Stars on May 4. The Soweto giants are under threat of dropping out of the top eight.

The Amakhosi have claimed 19 points from 14 away matches this season, with their last result on the road a 1-0 loss at Bloemfontein Celtic in late April.

In head-to-head stats, Chippa and Chiefs have met in 11 league matches since 2012/13. The Amakhosi have claimed five wins compared to four for the Chilli Boys, while two matches have been drawn. The Eastern Cape side has won two of their five home league matches against the Soweto giants, suffering two defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, at Moses Mabhida Stadium in November 2018, they played out a goalless stalemate. Chippa are unbeaten in their last three league matches against Chiefs.

Chippa’s line-up from their 3-1 win over Polokwane on May 4: Mzimela, Makobela, Shitolo, Macheke, Tlolane, Twala (Gamildien 76’), Malama, Malepe, Lentjies, R. Manzini (Klate 60’), L. Manzini (Keita 73’).

Chiefs’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Stars on May 4: Bvuma, Mphahlele, Moleko, Cardoso, Ntiyantiya, Andrianarimanana, Katsande (Maluleka 57’), Mahlasela (Manyama 56’), Parker, Castro, Billiat.

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