AmaZulu host wounded Chiefs

AmaZulu FC will lock horns with Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 7:30pm.

Usuthu are undefeated in their last two league matches after drawing 1-1 with Baroka FC at home three weeks ago.

As a result, AmaZulu are placed ninth on the league standings with 12 points from nine games. They are three points behind fourth-placed Bloemfontein Celtic.

Meanwhile, Chiefs, who were knocked out of the 2017 Telkom Knockout Cup by Bidvest Wits on Saturday, are undefeated in their last three league games.

Amakhosi were held to a goalless stalemate by Polokwane City away in their last league game three weeks ago.

The draw left Chiefs placed fifth on the league table with 14 points from 10 games. They are three points behind the log leaders Baroka.

Possible starting line-ups

AmaZulu: Pule, Gumede M, Mtsweni, Gumede P, Sikhakhane, Darpoh, Morton, Mbatha B, Ncobeni, Cele, Manzini.

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Mathoho, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka, Ekstein, Tshabalala, Molangoane, Parker.

Head-to-Head

LAST 10 LEAGUE RESULTS

Season Result Scorers

2010/11 Chiefs 3-1 AmaZulu Motaung Jr 2, Jambo; Shipahu

2010/11 AmaZulu 1-2 Chiefs Majoro; Tau, Musona (pen)

2011/12 AmaZulu 0-0 Chiefs

2011/12 Chiefs 0-0 AmaZulu

2012/13 AmaZulu 0-6 Chiefs Parker 4, Nkhatha, Nkosi

2012/13 Chiefs 2-0 AmaZulu Rusike, Parker

2013/14 AmaZulu 1-4 Chiefs Madondo; Nkosi 2, Musona, Parker

2013/14 Chiefs 3-0 AmaZulu Nkhatha, Mashamaite, Mphela

2014/15 AmaZulu 1-2 Chiefs Ndulula; Lebese 2

2014/15 Chiefs 1-0 AmaZulu Parker

LEAGUE RECORD (since 1985)

Home P W D L GF GA

AmaZulu 25 5 7 13 26 43

Chiefs 27 20 5 2 52 14

Away P W D L GF GA

AmaZulu 27 2 5 20 14 52

Chiefs 25 13 7 5 43 26

Total P W D L GF GA

AmaZulu 52 7 12 33 40 95

Chiefs 52 33 12 7 95 40

What are the teams saying

AmaZulu defender Mbongeni Gumede

“This will be a different match. We are playing for points,” he said.

“I am looking forward to the game. It’s our chance to make things right (against Chiefs).

“I believe that we will get a positive result because we will be playing at home.”

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela

“We need to go to Durban and get a result. The essence of a champion is not falling," he said.

"The concern should be the rise, so that’s what we’re concerned about now.

"Now that we are out of the Cup, we have to focus our attention on the league. We will regroup and make sure we beat AmaZulu on Wednesday.”

AmaZulu key players

Michael Morton: The central defensive midfielder, who has impressed at Usuthu this season, will make his return from suspension against Chiefs. The SuperSport United loanee will be looking to play an important in helping Usuthu win at home.

Rhulani Manzini: The 29-year-old has established himself as a key player AmaZulu having scored five goals in seven league games. The bulky striker will be eager to score and help his side defeat Amakhosi.

Kaizer Chiefs players

Joseph Molangoane: The hard-working midfielder has flourished in his new role as a right wing-back for Amakhosi. The former Orlando Pirates winger will be looking to produce a Man of the Match performance and help his side win in Durban.

Hendrick Ekstein: The attacking midfielder is enjoying his best season since turning professional. The 26-year-old, who scored against AmaZulu in a Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 match almost a month ago, will be keen to inspire Chiefs to victory.