Wits chase first win since the restart

Wits chase first win since the restart
Wits players warming up

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Aug 21, 2020. 10:00

Bidvest Wits will chase their first win since the Absa Premiership’s restart when they host AmaZulu at FNB Stadium on Friday 21 August 2020, kick-off at 15h30.

Wits played to a 0-0 draw at home to Golden Arrows on August 18, a result which saw their run of stalemates extend to three in a row – though they are unbeaten in their last five league outings. The Clever Boys have claimed 19 points from 12 home matches this season.

AmaZulu come into the match on the back of their sixth draw of the league season, as they were held 0-0 at home by fellow strugglers Baroka FC on August 15. Usuthu have claimed 12 points from 13 away matches in the 2019/20 campaign.

In head-to-head stats, AmaZulu and Wits have met in 58 league matches since 1985. The Clever Boys have claimed 23 wins compared to 15 for Usuthu, while 20 matches have been drawn. The Johannesburg side has won 16 of 29 home matches against their Durban counterparts, suffering five defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, at King Zwelithini Stadium in August 2019, Wits claimed a 3-0 away win thanks to goals from Terrence Dzvukamanja, Deon Hotto and Thulani Hlatshwayo.

Wits’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Arrows on August 18: Goss, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi (Phillips 81′), Hlatshwayo, Macheke, Alexander, Monare, Human, Sekgota (Richie 75′), Hotto (Domingo 56′), Macuphu (Eva. Nga 81′).

AmaZulu’s line-up from their 0-0 draw with Baroka on August 15: Boshoff, M.Gumede (Sikhakhane 57′), Masilela (Mabiliso 75′), Booysen, Xoki, Sithebe, Darpoh (Magaqa 66′), Maduna (De Jong 74′), Magubane, Chawapiwa, Ntuli.

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