Chiefs host in-form Arrows

Kaizer Chiefs will lock horns with Lamontville Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership match at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 8:00pm.

Amakhosi are coming off their second league victory of the season as they defeated Maritzburg 2-0 at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday.

Gustavo Paez netted twice for the Soweto giants, who are undefeated in their last three league matches. They have recorded two wins, two draws and one defeat.

An improving Chiefs side is now placed fourth on the league standings with eight points from five matches. They are three behind log leaders, Arrows.

Meanwhile, Arrows maintained their good start in the league when they defeated Platinum Stars 1-0 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday.

Kudakwashe Mahachi's late goal extended Abafana Bes'thende's winning streak to three matches in the Absa Premiership. They are registered two draws and three wins.

Undefeated Arrows are placed at the top of the league standings with 11 points from five matches. They are ahead of second placed Baroka FC on goal-difference.

Possible starting line-ups

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Moleko, Zulu, Gordinho, Cardoso, Katsande, Malope, Meyiwa, Jayiya, Tshabalala, Paez.

Golden Arrows: Gumede, Mzava, Mngwengwe, Dube, Nkombela, Cele, Molefe, Jooste, Magubane, Mahachi, Lamola.



Season Result Scorers

2011/12 Chiefs 1-2 Arrows Lebese; Mbesuma, Bilankulu

2011/12 Arrows 0-0 Chiefs

2012/13 Chiefs 3-0 Arrows Majoro, Nkhatha 2

2012/13 Arrows 0-0 Chiefs

2013/14 Arrows 0-1 Chiefs Parker (pen)

2013/14 Chiefs 2-0 Arrows Mathoho, Nkhatha

2015/16 Chiefs 3-1 Arrows Lebese 2 (1 pen), Parker; S. Dube

2015/16 Arrows 0-2 Chiefs Abraw, Twala

2016/17 Arrows 0-2 Chiefs Parker, Tshabalala

2016/17 Chiefs 1-1 Arrows Moon; Mutizwa

LEAGUE RECORD (since 2000/01)

Home P W D L GF GA

Chiefs 16 10 3 3 25 11

Arrows 16 3 5 8 11 18

Away P W D L GF GA

Chiefs 16 8 5 3 18 11

Arrows 16 3 3 10 11 25

Total P W D L GF GA

Chiefs 32 18 8 6 43 22

Arrows 32 6 8 18 22 43

What are the teams saying

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela:

"Arrows are very quick. Apart from Arrows‚ even Maritzburg carried the same element and threat. And again it’s a reflection on the Absa Premiership – it’s very tight‚” he said.

“If you have to check the fixtures that we go through‚ none of them is a fixture that you would say is easy. We just went through Cape Town City‚ who are on form‚ Bidvest Wits‚ and if you go further into October you have your Orlando Pirates‚ Mamelodi Sundowns‚ Baroka‚ who are also on top.

“So it shows you how competitive it is‚ and Arrows are no different. They just beat Platinum Stars this week. And we have seen them play even before Platinum‚ how they break from their midfield‚ the speed that they have."

Golden Arrows midfielder Jabulani Shongwe:

"Look, Chiefs have also been doing well, so, it won't be easy. They are confident at the moment. We are expecting a difficult match against a team that is in form," he said.

"But we are also confident as a team. I am sure that we will play well against them and hopefully, get a win away from home. We want to keep our momentum going by winning this match.

"We have prepared very well for the match. We know what to expect from them and we know what to do in order to beat them."

Key Players

Kaizer Chiefs

Itumeleng Khune: The accomplished goalkeeper has been one of the best players in the Absa Premiership this season - scooping three successive Man of the Match accolades. The Chiefs captain will now look to keep another clean sheet and inspire his troops from the back.

Gustavo Paez: The striker has been praised for making clever runs in the box and finishing with a aplomb and his brace against Maritzburg has surely boosted his confidence. The Venezuelan striker will be eager to continue his scoring form against Abafana Bes'thende.

Golden Arrows

Limbikani Mvaza: The defender has been a pillar of strength for Arrows in defence, which kept a clean sheet against Platinum Stars. The Malawi captain will be hoping to marshall Abafana Bes'thende backline and ensure that they do not concede against Chiefs.

Kudakwashe Mahachi: The attacking midfielder is an influential player for Arrows due to his ability to create and score goals for the team. The Zimbabwean playmaker scored against Stars and he will look help his side humble Amakhosi in Johannesburg.