SSU take aim at AmaZulu

27 September, 2019

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SuperSport United will take aim at a struggling AmaZulu team for an Absa Premiership clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.

SSU take aim at AmaZulu

SuperSport United will take aim at a struggling AmaZulu team for an Absa Premiership clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 8:15pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).

SuperSport come into this match on the back of a 3-1 loss away to Polokwane City on Saturday, 21 September – a match in which they played with 10 men for half of the time following a red card for Onismor Bhasera.

Matsatsantsa are unbeaten at home this season, with one win and a draw from their two turns as hosts thus far.

United coach Kaitano Tembo said he was satisfied with his side's overall performance thus far: "This is a tough league and I am proud of the guys, I think they have done extremely well to be where they are at the moment when we consider the type of matches that we played," he explained.

"It is still early days but we are happy where we are. I look at the performance and if I am happy I don't really mind the way we conceded [three against Polokwane]."

AmaZulu are still searching for their first win of the season after they were beaten 2-0 at the King Zwelithini Stadium by Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday, 24 September.

Usuthu have claimed one point from their three away matches this campaign, with their last result on the road a 1-1 draw in the Durban derby against Golden Arrows.

New coach Jozef Vukusic will have been pleased by the spirit his team showed against Chiefs, with the home side denied two goals by incorrect offside calls before conceding in the dying minutes when a creditable draw looked to be on the cards.

" I take a lot of positives from this game," the Slovakian explained. "The attitude was good, the mentality was good. Even some game moments very good. [On Saturday] we have a tough game. We will move on from here, we go forward."

In head-to-head stats, SuperSport and AmaZulu have met in 44 league matches since 1990.

Matsatsantsa have claimed 20 wins compared to 15 for Usuthu, while nine matches have been drawn.

The Tshwane side has won 13 of 21 home league matches against the Durban club, suffering four defeats in the process.

Last season United claimed a 1-0 home win in August 2018, but the return game in Durban saw AmaZulu claim a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Bonginkosi Ntuli and Somila Ntsundwana.

These teams have not played out a draw against each other since 2013/14.

SUPERSPORT UNITED: STAR PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bradley Grobler – Grobler was rested for most of the match against Polokwane, with coach Tembo eager not to overload him so early in the season. Grobler will hope to return to scoring form with a strong showing against AmaZulu this weekend.

Teboho Mokoena – AmaZulu are likely to play with a more defensive mindset in this away game, making the role of Teboho Mokoena a key one.

The youngster has the ability to unlock a stubborn defence and United will be relying on his creativity and attacking instincts.

AMAZULU: STAR PLAYERS TO WATCH

Siyethemba Sithebe – AmaZulu's attacking midfielder was at the heart of many of their best moves against Chiefs, and Sithebe even had a couple of cracks at goal which nearly paid dividends. He'll hope to build on that showing in Tshwane on Saturday.

Bonginkosi Ntuli – The burly striker may have had a relatively quiet game against Chiefs, but he remains AmaZulu's spearhead and key figure in attack. If he can find space between SuperSport's defenders, then Usuthu may have a path to goals and a first victory of the season.

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