CT City, Wits set for epic showdown

Cape Town City will play host to Bidvest Wits in an Absa Premiership at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 6:00pm.

The Citizens, who advanced to the first round of the 2018 Caf Confederation Cup after defeating Swaziland side Young Buffaloes on Tuesday, are winless in their last three domestic league games.

As a result, City are placed sixth on the league standings with 31 points from 21 games. They are three points behind second-placed Kaizer Chiefs.

Meanwhile, Wits also advanced to the next round of the 2018 Caf Champions League after eliminating Mauritian champions Pamplemousses on Wednesday.

The Clever Boys, who are undefeated in their last six domestic league games, are placed 11th on the league table with 25 points from 21 games. They are two points behind seventh-placed Chippa United.

Previous starting line-ups:

Cape Town City: Walters, Kobola, Gumede, Fielies, Seedat, Johannes (c), Kewuti, Roberts, Ralani, Masina, Moseamedi.

Bidvest Wits: Peters, Hlatshwayo, Khumalo, Frosler, Gordinho, Scott, Ntshangase, Rodgers, Myeni, Kodisang, Pule.



Season Result Scorers

2016/17 Wits 2-3 CTC Khumalo, Rodgers; Putsche, Manyama 2

2016/17 CTC 1-1 Wits Gumede; Mahlambi (pen)

2017/18 Wits 0-1 CTC Majoro

LEAGUE RECORD (since 2016/17)

Home P W D L GF GA

CTC 1 0 1 0 1 1

Wits 2 0 0 2 2 4

Away P W D L GF GA

CTC 2 2 0 0 4 2

Wits 1 0 1 0 1 1

Total P W D L GF GA

CTC 3 2 1 0 5 3

Wits 3 0 1 2 3 5

What are the teams saying?

Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy

"I can never be too confident when I’m up against (Gavin) Hunt. You know‚ Hunt is experienced and you see Wits are slowly but surely picking up. They are making steps forward down there (near the relegation zone) and they are gaining confidence," he said.

“We have already had a dip like this in this season‚ so we can’t afford to have another dip at the most crucial stage (of the season) as we are hitting the home straight.

"You can see the finish line now and we are edging closer and closer‚ so we don’t want to have any dip and mess up all our hard work that we’ve done the whole season.So‚ I want to go and make it five out of five."

Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Darren Keet

“Yeah look, they (Cape Town City) are doing well against us and we have to find a way of getting our first win this season,” he said.

“We will be meeting for the fifth time and we must just keep working hard as a team. We are doing well since the new year. We need the points and we have to remain positive about getting a win to ensure we keep moving up the log table.

“It is not going to be easy in Cape Town, but we will have to find a way to ensure we continue where we left off against Golden Arrows last weekend.”

Cape Town City key players

Sage Stephens: The goalkeeper, who produced a great performance against Kaizer Chiefs last weekend, was one of the reasons why City did not lose to Amakhosi. The former AmaZulu FC shot-stopper will be looking to continue his good form against Wits.

Surprise Ralani: The attacking mdifielder is oozing with confidence after scoring his first goal for City against Young Buffaloes in midweek. The 30-year-old will be eager to score again and help the Citizens return to winning ways in the league.

Bidvest Wits key players

Thulani Hlatshwayo: The experienced defender, who has been solid at the back for Wits, is one of the reasons why they are undefeated in their last six league games. The inspirational Wits captain will be keen to lead his side to victory against City.

Lehlohonolo Majoro: The former Kaizer Chiefs marksman is slowly regaining his old form, having scored twice in his last three league games. The lethal forward will be hoping to continue his scoring form and help the Clever Boys extend their unbeaten run.