Pretoria University will look to continue their winning ways against a Platinum Stars side desperate for a positive result
Pretoria University host Platinum stars at the TUKS stadium on Tuesday night, a match which would have been seen as a potential battle between relegation threatened sides.
However AmaTuks have displaced early fears and are sitting in third position on the league table after four games.
The team have shown impressive character and resolve against tough opponents. They are still an unbeaten side going into Tuesday night’s match, with draws against Supersport United and Maritzburg United and victories against Golden Arrows and most recently Moroka Swallows.
AmaTuks striker Mame Niang looked a class apart during his man of the match performance against Moroka Swallows and will be a major threat with his heading ability and renewed confidence.
Their opponents Platinum Stars will start the game in a lowly 14th position only two points behind last placed side AmaZulu. After their opening day 3 -1 victory against Moroka Swallows, Stars have not picked up a single point.
Stars would have been disappointed with their 1-0 loss against Orlando Pirates in their last outing as it was a tenacious performance. They played seventy-two minutes of the match with ten men and a controversial penalty lead to a Pirates victory.
Stars coach Calvin Johnson will want to remind his players that their hard work against Pirates almost paid off. He is under pressure to get the three points against the newly promoted AmaTuks, but he feels that his team cannot underestimate a side which is obviously on top of their game.
“For a new team coming into the Premier League, they have done exceptionally well and I must congratulate them,” Johnson told Platinum Star’s official website.
“For them to get those results, especially against top teams like Swallows and SuperSport is a great achievement and we will give them all the respect that they deserve.
“Steve Barker has been their coach for a long time now and they look to be a very organised team under him.
“But we are also ready to get back on the winning trail and we are going there to fight for the three points. The players will be up for it and I expect a good performance from them.”
AmaTuks have a young and ambitious side which defeated MTN8 champions Moroka Swallows 3- 2 in a thrilling never-say-die performance at the Dobsinville Stadium. The team showed their pace and willingness to fight against a quality Swallows outfit.
In contrast Platinum Stars have fielded an ageing side with experienced regular starters this season such as former Pirates star Benson Mhlongo, midfielder Elias Ngwepe and striker Patrick Malokase.
The team relies on a strong backbone of players who are familiar with the PSL. This experience may be the catalyst for Stars to survive a tough season ahead, however against a fast counterattacking AmaTuks team they may struggle.
AmaTuks team spirit and hard working nature will make them a tough task for Platinum Stars on Tuesday night. Kickoff is at 19:30.