Kaizer Chiefs aim to avoid 3rd straight defeat

Kaizer Chiefs will be desperate to avoid a hat-trick of 2020-21 DStv Premiership defeats when they host SuperSport United at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 3pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).

Chiefs suffered a second straight defeat – and saw their winless run in the league extended to four matches – with a 2-1 home loss at the hands of in-form AmaZulu on February 17. The Amakhosi have taken just seven points from eight home matches this season. Their only win as hosts was against top-flight newbies Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila last month.

The Soweto giants have for large part been their own worst enemy this season and after Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya saw red in their Nedbank Cup loss to Richards Bay FC, Darrel Matsheke was given his marching orders in what ended in defeat at home to Usuthu.

“We have a few more red cards this season already, so it is a concern, but it comes from various things, and it is not good if you look at it,” said Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt, whose goalkeeping department has come under the microscope this week. “We also have to look at the situations. It is not good, and we know that.”

“We have to try and get through this. As much as we had those five games unbeaten, we were not that great, and the games that we lost were better, and we lost.”

SuperSport go into the match on the back of a 2-1 home win over Cape Town City on February 13, with Ghampani Lungu and Thamsanqa Gabuza netting for the Tshwane side. Matsatsantsa have claimed 12 points from seven away matches this season. All three of their league defeats in the 2020-21 season have been on the road.

“We played well and deserved the three points,” said SuperSport head coach Kaitano Tembo following their win over City. “Good work ethic from the boys. I’m happy because we’ve beaten City for the first time. They have given us problems over the years.

“We have more days to try to recover and also train to prepare for Chiefs. Games are coming thick and fast. We wanted to win the game because we were playing at home and also to reduce the gap on Sundowns.”

That gap has grown back to five points following Mamelodi Sundowns’ win over Baroka FC earlier this week, but SuperSport will move back to within two off top spot with victory over Chiefs, with the defending league champions not in action this weekend.

In head-to-head stats, SuperSport and Chiefs have met in 60 league matches since 1990. Matsatsantsa have claimed 22 wins compared to 20 for the Amakhosi, while 18 games have been drawn. The Soweto side has won 12 of their 30 home matches in the rivalry, suffering 12 defeats in the process.

The teams met in the Premiership earlier this season, with SuperSport claiming a 2-1 home win at Lucas Moripe Stadium in December 2020 thanks to goals from Bradley Grobler and Sipho Mbule. Matsatsantsa are unbeaten in their last four league matches against the Amakhosi.

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