Kaizer Chiefs are relishing the opportunity to claim back-to-back wins in the DStv Premiership when they do battle with champions Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium on Sunday evening.
The Glamour Boys ended their five match winless run in the league over the weekend following their narrow 1-0 victory over Nedbank Cup finalist Marumo Gallants after Keagan Dolly scored the decisive goal at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
Amakhosi are now placed fourth in the league standings with 42 points from 27 matches, three points behind Cape Town City and Royal AM in third place and second place on the log.
Mamelodi Sundowns are currently on a four-games unbeaten run in the league following their comfortable 2-0 victory over Sekhukhune United at Ellis Park Stadium with the likes of Aubrey Modiba and Peter Shalulile getting their names on the score sheet and earning the team maximum points away from home.
The Brazilians will remain top of the log after clinching the title last weekend, they currently sit on 61 points from 27 matches as they chase the 70 point record in the DStv Premiership.
Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane says: “Sundowns are playing more or less a similar style, but they’re more deadly and dangerous because they’ve got good runners up front.
“Players like [Peter] Shalulile and other strikers, who can hold the ball and wait and have other players join in. That’s the difference between them, in terms of the quality,” said Zwane.
“We are going to have to plan for them as we planned for this one, and we will see how we can also exploit the space behind Sundowns’ defence because we don’t have those explosive players in our team at the moment.
“We only have Khama and Keagan, who are also explosive, but in our No 8 and No 9 positions, we don’t have those explosive players. The minute we improve on that aspect we will also be deadly going forward. We will try and work on that.”
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi adds: “It’s very important that we still continue to try and achieve the number of points that we would’ve loved to achieve in each cycle and that is what is probably the main driving force.
“But on top of that we also have another responsibility to make sure that we use these matches as preparation matches for the final, maybe to see people who is raising their hands and telling us that maybe they also deserve an opportunity to be part of that final, that’s why we try to stretch the team as much as we can.”
The Soweto giants have only beaten the Brazilians once in their last five meetings, while Sundowns have managed to claim four out of five wins in head-to-head stats.
Arthur Zwane and Manqoba Mngqithi are both expected to have full fit squads for the match in Johannesburg with no injuries or suspensions to report from both camps.
Keagan Dolly will be relishing the chance to score against his former club especially after scoring the winning goal against Marumo Gallants to end Amakhosi’s streak of four consecutive defeats in the league.
Peter Shalulile is a man in form at the moment and full of confidence after netting his 22nd goal of the campaign against Sekhukhune United, having now scored nine goals in his last six league matches.
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