AmaZulu, Arrows set for derby showdown

AmaZulu FC will square off with their KwaZulu-Natal rivals Lamontville Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 3:30pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).

Usuthu saw their four-match unbeaten run in the league come to an end when they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Black Leopards away last weekend.

The defeat left AmaZulu placed 11th on the league standings having accumulated 13 points from 14 matches. They are two points above the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Arrows are undefeated in their last two league matches having drawn 2-2 with Bidvest Wits away last week Wednesday.

As a result, Abafana Bes'thende are placed 10th on the league standings having collected 16 points from 14 matches. They are three points behind eighth-placed Highlands Park.

PREVIOUS STARTLING LINE-UPS

AmaZulu: 28. Mbatha, 17. M.Gumede, 25. P.Gumede, 5. Van Heerden, 27. Nyongo, 6. Ncube, 4. Morton, 33. Daroph, 11. Karuu, 20. Tade, 2. Khenyeza.

Golden Arrows: 1. Mbaeva, 21. Mngwengwe, 20. Mathiane, 29. Sibisi, 13. Lunga, 24. Molefe 26. Phiri, 30. Conco, 16. Parusnath, 18. Mutizwa. 41. Lamola.

LAST 10 LEAGUE RESULTS

2010/11 AmaZulu 1-2 Arrows Shipahu; Mbesuma
2010/11 Arrows 3-2 AmaZulu Moon 3; Majoro 2
2011/12 Arrows 1-2 AmaZulu Tom; Johannes (og), Mbele
2011/12 AmaZulu 1-0 Arrows Nyadombo
2012/13 AmaZulu 0-0 Arrows
2012/13 Arrows 0-1 AmaZulu A. Dlamini
2013/14 Arrows 0-3 AmaZulu Teyise 2, G. Dlamini
2013/14 AmaZulu 1-0 Arrows A. Dlamini
2017/18 Arrows 4-1 AmaZulu Lamola, Magubane, Mutizwa, Mahachi; Ouro-Akoriko
2017/18 AmaZulu 2-1 Arrows Sithebe 2; Mutizwa

WHAT THE TEAMS ARE SAYING

AmaZulu assistant coach Alan Clark

"Well firstly we will be at home, where we’ve enjoyed some strong performances and results, so that in its self gives us all a boost and a lift," he said.

“This fixture always produces goals and excitement, so its an incredible derby to be involved in. Our supporters have been great and they are a massive part of why our home form has been so good."

Golden Arrows head coach Clinton Larsen

"AmaZulu are doing well. They are improving as a team. It is so unfortunate what happened to them with points (they were docked six points). They fight," he said. "There's a lot of quality in that team. It is all about the bragging rights. We want to finish on a high. It is very important to make our own supporters proud in our last game of the first round.

"We want to finish in a respectable position."

AMAZULU KEY PLAYERS

Nhlanhla Vilakazi: The midfield maestro has been impressive in the middle of the park while wearing the captain's armband this season. Vilakazi will be keen to lead AmaZulu to victory in the KwaZulu-Natal Derby.

Emiliano Tade: The Argentine striker is enjoying his football at the moment having picked up the Absa Premiership Player of the Month for November/December 2018. Tade will be eager to continue his scoring form and help AmaZulu overcome Arrows.

ARROWS KEY PLAYERS

Limbikani Mzava: The Malawian defender is a pillar of strength in Arrows defence having netted twice against Kaizer Chiefs in a league game recently. Mzava will be looking to play an important role in helping his side win against AmaZulu.

Lerato Lamola: The hard-working forward remains a key player for Arrows having grabbed an assist during the team's 2-2 draw with Bidvest Wits in a league game last week. Lamola will be eager to inspire Arrows to victory in the KwaZulu-Natal derby.