DStv Premiership Preview - AmaZulu aim to keep the heat on Mamelodi Sundowns

DStv Premiership Preview - AmaZulu aim to keep the heat on Mamelodi Sundowns
Siyethemba Sithebe of AmaZulu warming up

by Bertin Basson

Tuesday May 11, 2021. 09:01

AmaZulu will be aiming to keep the heat on runaway 2020-21 DStv Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns with victory over Baroka FC on Tuesday.

Usuthu remain Sundowns’ only competition for the league crown. Benni McCarthy’s troops have amassed a 16-game unbeaten run to climb up to second on standings, but have seen the gap between themselves and the Brazilians grow to seven points.

Sundowns beat TS Galaxy 1-0 on Sunday in a match brought forward in preparation for their trip to Al Ahly in the Caf Champions League this week.

The defending league champions had given the chasing pack hope of reeling them in, but three wins on the trot has taken the Tshwane giants to the cusp of another league title.

“With the quality that we have we can compete against anyone and we’ll take it game by game and we’ll work towards that [winning the remaining four matches]‚” said AmaZulu head coach, McCarthy.

“Ours is about bettering ourselves as a team and you could see in the matches that we’ve played that it was always about AmaZulu. We didn’t care about the opposition that we were playing against. We just prepared well for them.”

Orlando Pirates will also be in action in one of two matches scheduled for Tuesday. The Buccaneers will climb up to third with victory at Stellenbosch FC before Wednesday’s matches and keep their hopes of a top two finish alive as a result.

Wednesday’s action will see Maritzburg United host third-placed Golden Arrows in a KwaZulu-Natal derby that has significance at either end of the league standings, while recently crowned Nedbank Cup champions Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila will be eyeing a survival boost with three points at SuperSport United.

Kaizer Chiefs will meet Swallows FC in a Soweto derby, with the Amakhosi eager to climb back into the trop eight while Chippa United and Black Leopards will come to blows in a relegation dogfight.

The Chilli Boys will be desperate to bounce back following defeat in the Nedbank Cup final, while Lidoda Duvha know defeat in Gqeberha will leave them well adrift at the bottom of the league standings and on course for GladAfrica Championship football next season.

Full list of midweek fixtures:

Tuesday, 11 May

15:00 – Stellenbosch FC vs Orlando Pirates – Danie Craven Stadium

15:00 – AmaZulu FC vs Baroka FC – King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium

Wednesday, 12 May

15:00 – Maritzburg United vs Golden Arrows – Harry Gwala Stadium

15:00 – Bloemfontein Celtic vs Cape Town City – Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium

15:00 – Chippa United vs Black Leopards – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

17:00 – SuperSport United vs Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila – Lucas Moripe Stadium

17:00 – Kaizer Chiefs vs Swallows FC – FNB Stadium

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