Arrows, AmaZulu set for Durban Derby

Arrows, AmaZulu set for Durban Derby
Siyabonga Dube of Lamontville Golden Arrows keeps the fallaway from Daylon Claasen of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 football match between Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, Durban on 04 August 2019 © Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

by BackPageTXT

Friday Sep 13, 2019. 15:10

The Absa Premiership’s ‘Durban Derby’ sees Golden Arrows and AmaZulu meet at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday 14 September 2019, kick-off at 15h00.

Arrows recorded their first draw of the season when they held Orlando Pirates 0-0 in Soweto on Wednesday, August 28. Abafana Bes’thende have also recorded two wins (over Maritzburg United and Chippa United) as well as a 5-0 loss (to Bloemfontein Celtic) so far in 2019/20.

AmaZulu remain winless after four rounds of the 2019/20 league season. Their latest disappointment arrived on Tuesday, August 27 at the Makhulong Stadium as they were beaten 2-1 by Highlands Park. Usuthu at least managed their first goal of the campaign through Bonginkosi Ntuli.

In head-to-head stats, Arrows and AmaZulu have met in 24 league matches since 2001/02. Usuthu have claimed 11 wins compared to nine for Abafana Bes’thende, while four matches have been drawn. The team clad in gold and green has recorded six wins, one draw and five defeats from 12 matches as hosts in this rivalry.

Last season AmaZulu took four points off Arrows, winning 2-0 at home in December 2018 (with a brace of goals from Bonginkosi Ntuli) before playing out a 1-1 draw in the return game in April 2019. Usuthu have won seven of the last 10 league meetings of the teams.

Arrows’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Pirates on August 28: Sibanda; Dube, Sibisi, Mathiane, Lunga, Makhubela, Shitolo, Phiri, Sabelo (Lamela 81′), Gumede (Sibiya 54′), Mutizwa (Mtshali 87′).

AmaZulu’s line-up from their 2-1 loss to Highlands on August 27: Boshoff, M. Gumede, Sikhakhane, Xoki, T. Gumede, Vilakazi, Sithebe, Karuru, Ncobeni (Cele 79′), De Jong (Chawapiwa 78′), Ntuli.

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