Swallows and Chiefs renew Soweto Derby rivalry

Swallows FC and Kaizer Chiefs will renew their Soweto rivalry when they meet in a DStv Premiership clash at Dobsonville Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Kick-off is at 7:30pm CAT.

Swallows continued their unbeaten return to the top-flight when they were held 0-0 at home by TS Galaxy this past weekend. The Birds have taken four points from two home matches so far this season, with the stalemate against the Rockets preceded by a narrow win over Bloemfontein Celtic in late October.

Brandon Truter was disappointed with the result in a game in which both teams created a catalogue of goalscoring opportunities, and lamented the fact that his team only have two days to prepare for Chiefs' visit.

"In a home game, you want to pick up three points but the conditions didn't make it easy for both teams. The chances they created came from our mistakes. We [on the other hand] created really good chances which we should've capitalised on," said Truter, who guided Swallows to GladAfrica Championship glory last season.

"I'll take the point, we are still unbeaten and we managed to keep another clean sheet, so we have something to work on going forward even if we only have 72 hours before our next game so it is all about recovery.

"There will be fatigue to manage, they [Chiefs] also played on Saturday [afternoon] so it will be tough for both teams."

Chiefs head into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw away to Golden Arrows, a match in which Leonardo Castro netted a brace for the Soweto giants. The Amakhosi have taken four points from two away matches in the current campaign, defeating Chippa United 1-0 to add to the above-mentioned result in KwaZulu-Natal this past weekend.

Gavin Hunt will be hoping to build on an improved performance away to Arrows. Chiefs have only scored three goals in the league this season, one of which was an own goal and are still searching for their first home win as they set themselves for another away fixture.

"It's disappointing that we came away with a draw, I'm really disappointed with a 2-2 draw," said Hunt. "I thought we had the game in control, we had so many opportunities and you can see why we have struggled to score this season. Our defending has also been a problem.

"But I mean, from where we had been and where we are, I'm disappointed but it's a good sign that we're disappointed because we expected more, that's for sure."

The teams last met in the top-flight league in the 2014-15 season, with Chiefs taking four points off Swallows (Moroka Swallows) thanks to a 1-1 home draw in October 2014 and a 3-0 away win in March 2015. The Birds’ last win over the Amakhosi came back in October 2009.

Players to watch:

Swallows FC

Ruzaigh Gamildien: The hard-running forward was extremely unlucky not to add to his goal tally for the season on Saturday, but despite not finding the back of the net, his continued form will come as a huge boost for Swallows. Gamildien seems to have taken well to a more central role and will fancy his chances against a Chiefs side that remain fragile in defence.

Virgil Vries: The former Chiefs shot-stopper will have a point to prove against his former employers. Vries endured a tough time at Naturena, but the Namibia international has bounced back superbly and heads into Tuesday's match having conceded just one goal so far this season.

Kaizer Chiefs

Khama Billiat: The Zimbabwean winger seemed to return from international duty with a bit more confidence and assisted Castro for both of Chiefs' goals on the weekend. An in-form Billiat will be integral to the Amakhosi turning things around and Hunt will be hoping his star man leads them to victory in Dobsonville.

Siyabonga Ngezana: With Erick Mathoho still suspended, Hunt is likely to start with five defenders (three centre-backs) once again. While Daniel Cardoso and Ramahlwe Mphahlele boast years of experience, Ngezana is still a work in progress. That said, the young defender has a lot of talent and has shown that over the past few seasons. He will be called upon to rise to the challenge in place of Mathoho.