Maritzburg look to bounce back v Ajax

Ajax Cape Town will continue their push for a top eight finish in the Absa Premiership when they travel to Harry Gwala Stadium to take on Maritzburg United on Friday, kick-off at 18h00.

Maritzburg saw a three-game unbeaten run come to an end in midweek when they were beaten 1-0 away by Orlando Pirates.

The KwaZulu-Natal team has claimed 18 points from 13 home matches so far this season.

Their remaining league opponents are Bidvest Wits (away) and Mamelodi Sundowns (home).

The Team of Choice is placed 12th on the Absa Premiership log with 31 points from 27 matches.

Ajax have claimed seven points from the last nine available and beat SuperSport United 2-0 at home in their last league outing.

The Cape Town side has claimed 10 points from 12 away matches so far this season.

Their remaining league opponents are Bloemfontein Celtic and Platinum Stars (away).

The Urban Warriors are placed 10th on the Absa Premiership log with 35 points from 27 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Maritzburg and Ajax have met in 15 league matches since 2005/06.

The Urban Warriors have six wins compared to four for the Team of Choice, while five matches have been drawn.

Maritzburg have won four of their seven home matches against Ajax, suffering two defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season in Cape Town, the Urban Warriors claimed a 3-1 home victory.

Maritzburg’s line-up from their 1-0 loss to Pirates: Walters, Evans, Booysen M, Awal, Cloete, Morton (De Jongh 81’), Hartog (Mandaza 90’), Mkhize (Vilakazi 89’), Jayiya, Isaacks, Smeekes.

Ajax’s line-up from their 2-0 win over SuperSport: Jaakkola, Lolo, Allie, Coetzee, Lebusa, Dolly (Telinho 82’), Morris, Scott, Losper, Lark (Mobara 62’), Rodgers (Sithole 74’).