Moroka Swallows are next in the firing line for unbeaten AmaKhosiKaizer Chiefs will look to extend their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership table when they welcome Moroka Swallows to Soccer City on Tuesday night.
The Soweto derby match-up gives the AmaKhosi a chance to extend their advantage to seven points, with second-placed Orlando Pirates only in action on Wednesday.
Chiefs remain the only unbeaten side in the Absa Premiership this season having managed seven wins from their opening 20 games, while Swallows’ form has been patchy at best.
They are a side able to dominate any opposition on their day, but have found consistency hard to come by in this season. Still, Birds coach Zeca Marques is hoping they cause an upset on Tuesday.
“We’ve put a tactical plan in place and been working on it in the week leading up to the game. We are going to show aggression and we’ll definitely be spoilers,” Marques says. “We don’t want to allow them to play, we’ll give them no space at all.”
The Swallows coach added his players would need to be disciplined on a big pitch at Soccer city to ensure Chiefs did not exploit the flanks to get their attacks going.
Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune says his side are well aware of the qualities for their opponents, and is expecting a typically fierce derby match.
“Swallows have done well recently and they cannot be underestimated. They have assembled a good team and one has to look at what they have achieved in the past two seasons. We need to be at our best to beat them,” Khune said.
“We are happy that we have gone so many games unbeaten and we are determined to continue with the good run we have enjoyed this season.
“People have spoken about us beating Swallows in recent years but that will count for nothing on Tuesday. The derby is about bragging rights and Swallows will go out there and fight for every ball and their badge, which is the same for us.”
|DID YOU KNOW|
- Chiefs have claimed 13 points from a possible 15 in their five home matches so far this season.
In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Swallows have met in 55 league matches since 1985. The Amakhosi have a fine record in fixtures between the teams, recording 30 wins compared to 11 for the Birds.
- Chiefs’ home record against Swallows has seen them claim 16 wins (and suffer just five defeats) in 28 matches.
- Last season the Amakhosi did a league ‘double’ over their rivals, winning 2-0 away and 3-0 at home.