Ailing Chiefs face mighty challenge in SuperSport United

There are five matches in the DStv Premiership this weekend that will have a bearing at both ends of the table, including another chance for ailing Kaizer Chiefs to pick up a much-needed win. Here is our quick guide to the games.

KAIZER CHIEFS VS SUPERSPORT UNITED

Many Kaizer Chiefs supporters may be wondering, ‘where too from here?’ The team continues to struggle in the league and recently suffered a shock exit in the Nedbank Cup at the hands of Richards Bay, while their lead forward Samir Nurkovic has a single goal in nine appearances this season.

Their troubles are well documented, so perhaps the last thing they need is a tricky clash against SuperSport United, who have beaten them 2-1 in their last two clashes, and are unbeaten in four overall against the AmaKhosi.

They also come up against Matsatsantsa striker Bradley Grobler, who has an excellent record of scoring against the Soweto giants, including in their last three meetings. In fact, he has seven goals in the last eight clashes with Chiefs. No other striker in the PSL has had as much success against them.

Chiefs’ struggles at home have been a stand-out feature of their season, they have just one win in 12 (3-0 v TTM on January 19), while SuperSport have lost their last two on the road (0-1 v TTM; 1-2 v Bloemfontein Celtic). Before that SuperSport had won four in a row on their travels.

CHIPPA UNITED VS TS GALAXY

Chippa United coach Dan Malesela gets the chance to meet the team that fired him in December, though he has already beaten the Mpumalanga side in the colours of the Chilli Boyz this season.

Chippa claimed a 1-0 away win on January 16 thanks to an early goal from Frédéric Nsabiyumva, while the only other meeting between the sides ended in a 3-0 home success for the Nelson Mandela Bay club in the Nedbank Cup in the 2019-20 season.

Galaxy have been in improved form under new coach Owen da Gama, especially away, where they have won 3-0 at both Maritzburg United and Black Leopards, and claimed a 1-1 draw at Orlando Pirates in their last three outings.

In fact, 10 of their 15 points this season have come on the road, as have 10 of their 14 goals, which shows that, for whatever reason, they are far more comfortable playing outside of Mpumalanga.

Chippa have only played three of their 15 games this season at home due to Nelson Mandela Bay previously being a Covid-19 hotspot, but they are back in the province and can look forward to a run of matches at their stadium.

They have picked up a win, draw and defeat in the three games so far.

BAROKA FC VS BLACK LEOPARDS

A Limpopo Derby that is the first game for Black Leopards since Kosta Papic was unveiled as the club’s technical director.

Leopards sit bottom of the DStv Premiership and Papic is an interesting choice to lead them to safety, a coach known for his attacking, vibrant football, but also a gung-ho attitude to defending that leaves them open to conceding. Expect plenty of goals at either end in their games.

Baroka are winless in their last five matches (and have a single victory in 11 games), but showed enough against Mamelodi Sundowns in midweek that they can match anybody on their day, despite the 2-0 defeat.

Leopards have lost their last four league games, scoring a single goal in that time, but will hope a 2-1 victory over second-tier Jomo Cosmos in the Nedbank Cup last time out sparks a change in fortunes.

Baroka have won the last four meetings between the sides, including a 3-1 away victory in October, but overall the record between the two is tight.

In 16 previous games there have been six wins for Bakgaga and five for Leopards, with five draws.

TTM VS STELLENBOSCH FC

If Stellenbosch are not careful they will be sucked into a relegation battle despite their obvious talent and potential, and this match against fellow strugglers is the kind they need to win to dispel that notion.

The Winelands club are winless in their last seven games, and have looked lackluster at times as they fail to find the necessary spark to claim victory, despite a solid squad that has been well assembled by coach Steve Barker.

TTM will hope they have turned the corner after back-to-back wins, both achieved with 1-0 scorelines, at home SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup and away at Maritzburg United last time out.

They had only managed a clean-sheet once before this season, so the fact that they are defensively more sound will be a boost in confidence as they will always feel they can score at the other end.

Stellenbosch claimed a comfortable 2-0 win when the sides met in the league earlier this season.

CAPE TOWN CITY VS SWALLOWS FC

Swallows FC may have continued their unbeaten run this season in recent weeks, but coach Brandon Truter will be starting to get concerned at their rush of draws.

The Birds have been held in each of their last four DStv Premiership games, and in eight of their 15 matches this season, slipping seven points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, albeit with a game in hand.

While they have the second best defence in the league with only nine goals conceded, they have managed to score just five times in their last six games, which shows just why they have played to so many draws.

Cape Town City have been something of an enigma this season, at one stage looking like potential title contenders, but back-to-back losses at Orlando Pirates (0-2) and SuperSport United (1-2) now make that unlikely.

There is no doubt they can beat anybody on their day, but they also have the capacity to disappoint with below-par performances that are hard to explain.

They remain the most exciting team to watch in the DStv Premiership though, with 52 goals scored in their 16 games (27 for, 25 against), giving them both the most potent attack and worst defence in the division.