Chiefs host wounded Chippa

Kaizer Chiefs will target a haul of three Absa Premiership points when they host Chippa United at FNB Stadium on Saturday, 7 April 2018, kick-off at 3pm CAT.

Chiefs returned to winning form in the league by defeating Free State Stars 1-0 away on April 4, thanks to a last-gasp goal from Teenage Hadebe. The Soweto side had gone three matches without a victory prior to their midweek trip to Bethlehem.

The Amakhosi have claimed 16 points from 12 home matches this season, with their last result as hosts a goalless stalemate with AmaZulu on March 17.

Chippa suffered a third loss from their last four league matches when they were beaten 2-0 at log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on April 4. The Eastern Cape side has won just one of their last nine matches in the top flight.

The Chilli Boys have claimed just 12 points from 12 away matches this season, with their last win on the road a 2-0 triumph at AmaZulu on January 7.

In head-to-head stats, Chippa and Chiefs have met in nine league matches since 2012/13. The Amakhosi have claimed five wins compared to three for the Chilli Boys, while one match has been drawn. The Soweto giants have won three of their four home league matches against the Eastern Cape side, suffering one defeat in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, Chippa claimed a 1-0 home win in early December thanks to a goal from Abel Mabaso. The Amakhosi have won just one of the last five league matches between the teams, having won all of the first four.

Previous starting line-ups

Chiefs’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Stars on April 4: Khune, Cardoso, Mathoho, Hadebe, Mphahlele (Jayiya 82’), Katsande, Ekstein, Zulu (Zuma 68’), Tshabalala, Moon (Parker 59’), Castro.

Chippa’s line-up from their 2-0 loss to Sundowns on April 4: Akpeyi, Mabaso, Okwuosa, Konqobe, Lentjies, Mntambo, Sali (Macuphu 68’), Mako, Mayambela, Rakhale (Mbokoma 73’), Macheke.

Head-to-head statistics

ALL LEAGUE RESULTS

Season Result Scorers

2012/13 Chiefs 2-0 Chippa Mashamaite, Majoro

2012/13 Chippa 0-2 Chiefs Motaung Jnr, Nkhatha

2014/15 Chiefs 1-0 Chippa Parker

2014/15 Chippa 0-2 Chiefs Masango, Katsande

2015/16 Chippa 0-0 Chiefs

2015/16 Chiefs 0-2 Chippa Sali, Manzini

2016/17 Chippa 3-1 Chiefs L. Manzini 2, Bereng; Tshabalala

2016/17 Chiefs 1-0 Chippa Lebese

2017/18 Chippa 1-0 Chiefs Mabaso

LEAGUE RECORD (since 2012/13)

Home

P W D L GF GA

Chiefs 4 3 0 1 4 2

Chippa 5 2 1 2 4 5

Away

P W D L GF GA

Chiefs 5 2 1 2 5 4

Chippa 4 1 0 3 2 4

Total

P W D L GF GA

Chiefs 9 5 1 3 9 6

Chippa 9 3 1 5 6 9

What the teams are saying

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela

"I would not be doing justice if I were not to compliment Free State Stars for the fight they put, they're a hard nut to crack," Komphela said after their last-gasp 1-0 win in midweek.

"The goalkeeper [Sangare] did a splendid job. I thought Itu [Khune] as well under conditions, you expect goalkeepers to always be there. It was a game of concentration.

"Although, the first half we failed to take advantage of the fact that we were playing Moon and Castro against Mahamutsa and Keita. We could have been more practical. conditions like these, you can't complicate your game, you have to keep it simple, which I thought we failed.”

Chippa United coach Vladislav Heric

“I’m not disappointed with the way my boys played, we were spot on tactically but that was not enough. A big team like Sundowns is difficult to beat whether you’re spot on or not,” Heric said after a 2-0 away loss to Mamelodi Sundowns in midweek.

“We knew that whoever was going to score first was going to win the match. We had a one-on-one with the goalkeeper [Denis Onyango], if we could have scored it we would be talking a different story now.

“But the reality is something else. Technically we were poor from my point of view. We gave a lot of balls away. I believe it’s also a mental problem where we over-respect the team.

“We were playing with fear, looking more at them than what we agreed upon. We were worried about them than what we were supposed to do.”

Kaizer Chiefs key players

Teenage Hadebe – The Zimbabwean defender has a growing reputation for his work at the back, while in midweek he demonstrated that his aerial power from set pieces can also be a potent attacking weapon for the Amakhosi.

Leonardo Castro – The South American striker was guilty of missing some good chances in midweek (though he was often denied by some superb goalkeeping, to be fair) and will want to get his sharpness in front of goal back in this clash against Chippa.

Chippa United key players

Mxolisi Machupu – The attacking midfielder made a good impact coming off the bench in Chippa’s 2-0 loss to Sundowns in midweek and will hope he cracks the nod to start against Chiefs at Soccer City on Saturday.

Abel Mabaso – A hard-working and versatile player, Mabaso has been one of Chippa’s standout performers through the season and the Chilli Boys will look for another spicy showing from the 26-year-old when they take on the Soweto giants.