Chippa, Maritzburg United in battle at bottom

Chippa United will square off with Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 3:30 pm.

The Chilli Boys extended their winless run to 10 matches in the league when they lost 4-2 to Orlando Pirates away last week.

As a result, Chippa remained on 15th on the league standings with 12 points from 17 matches. They are three points behind 14th-placed Baroka FC.

Meanwhile, Maritzburg are now winless in their last 12 league games having succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns away in midweek.

The defeat saw the Team of Choice remain 16th on the league standings with 11 points from 17 matches. They are a point behind 15th-placed Chippa.

Previous starting line-ups:

Chippa United: 1. Akpeyi, 4. Macheke, 47. Nsabiyumva, 22. Modisane, 23. Maphanga, 12. Malepe, 18. Makobela, 35. Sangweni, 21. Tlolane, 11. Mayambela, 19. R.Manzini.

Maritzburg United: 31. Ofori, 23. De Reuck, 25. Xulu, 2. Onyango, 6. Sanoka, 36. Kunene, 11. Makaringe, 15. Matsi, 7. Makgalwa, 8. Ndlovu, Kutumela.

What are the teams saying

Chippa United coach Clinton Larsen

“There are things that I have seen that we have already started working on. But Rome was not built in one day so every day is a work in progress," he said. “However, I am happy to see that in the past four days the players have started to adapt to my demands and that’s a positive.”

Maritzburg United coach Muhsin Ertugral

“Our disadvantage is that we are playing all the teams who are around us [in the relegation zone] away from home," he said. “We are going to be have to be careful about how we play against them and what approach we take.”

Chippa United key players

Tebogo Tlolane: The defender-come-midfielder netted his second league goal of the season against Orlando Pirates. Tlolane will be keen to score again and help his side end their winless run.

Rhulani Manzini: The striker hit the ground running after rejoining the Chilli Boys from AmaZulu FC earlier this month. Manzini has the ability to inspire his side to victory against Maritzburg United.

Maritzburg United key players

Siyanda Xulu: The captain is a key player in the Maritzburg defence having made 17 league appearances this season. Xulu will be eager to lead his troops to victory against Chippa.

Thabiso Kutumela: The striker made his official debut for Maritzburg against Mamelodi Sundowns after joining the club from Orlando Pirates. Kutumela will be looking to fire his new team to victory.