SuperSport chase second successive win

SuperSport United will be eager to build on their win at Orlando Pirates when they welcome AmaZulu to the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville for an Absa Premiership encounter on Tuesday evening, kick-off at 19:30.

Matsatsantsa’s first match of the New Year saw them trump the Buccaneers 2-1 away from home.

Cavin Johnson’s men will now take aim at Usuthu as they try to build momentum going into the Tshwane derby against the University of Pretoria on Friday.

AmaZulu, on the other hand, held the Sea Robbers to a 1-1 draw in their first fixture of 2014.

Matsatsantsa boss Cavin Johnson has highlighted the game against AmaZulu as very important as they aim to build momentum heading into a gruelling fixture congestion that will see them partake on three fronts.

United will be involved in Africa, the Nedbank Cup and the Premiership, and will play twice a week from next month if they stay alive in the respective cup competitions.

“Craig [Rosslee] is in his second season at AmaZulu and I feel that he has come a long way, he has built a strong side,” said Johnson.

“We have started 2014 well with the win at Pirates, but we need to keep the momentum going into the next month as we will play 10 games in five weeks.

“The win at Pirates has lifted the whole club and everyone is on their toes, ready to fight for a place in the starting XI, every game from now on is a cup final.”

Meanwhile, Usuthu coach Craig Rosslee has earmarked Senegalese forward Mame Niang as the danger man in a tie that he feels his side can win.

“I saw their game against Pirates and I thought Pirates had the better exchanges before they were sucker-punched. They got caught when SuperSport introduced the big Mame Niang,” said Rosslee.

“We played well against SuperSport at home, although the match ended in a draw, and we are confident that we can compete away from home.

“I think this is a game that we can do well in and one that we can also win. We have a similar style of play; Cavin [Johnson] likes to play football with patient build ups and I think that will suit us.”

In head-to-head stats, SuperSport and AmaZulu have met in 37 league matches since 1990.

United have the upper hand having won 18 to Usuthu’s 10 victories, nine matches ended all square.

Matsatsanta have an outstanding home record against their Kwa-Zulu Natal counterparts, with 12 wins and just one defeat from 17 matches.

The reverse fixture in Durban earlier this season ended in a 1-1 stalemate thanks to a Bevan Fransman own goal and a strike from Thuso Phala.