AmaZulu, Ajax in basement battle

AmaZulu and Ajax Cape Town meet in an early relegation six-pointer

AmaZulu will host Ajax Cape Town in a battle between the bottom two sides in the Absa Premiership on Saturday night.

Ajax have already fired their coach in Maarten Stekelenburg, while AmaZulu’s Roger Palmgren is almost certain to follow a similar fate unless he can get a positive result in this game at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Ajax technical director Jan Pruijn has been put in charge of the side and the game gives him an opportunity to stake his claim for the job permanently.

Pruijn has been banding his CV about the PSL in recent years without being given an opportunity to take centre-stage.

Palmgren is very much in last chance saloon having himself moved down from the technical director role at the club to take charge of the side when Manqoba Mngqithi left early last season.

MTN8 champions Moroka Swallows make the difficult journey to Bethlehem to face Free State Stars in what is one of the toughest away days in the top-flight.

They do have some recent form in this fixture though, winning on their last two visits to play Stars, two of a handful of losses for Ea La Koto in their own back yard.

Swallows were brought back down to earth by AmaZulu after their MTN8 final win on September 22, but did bounce back to victory last time out against Mamelodi Sundowns.

That speaks to the inconsistency of the side this season, who have tended to lose games they should win and do well in matches where they are the less fancied side.

BidVest Wits have battled to put a string of results together this season, their wins being followed by draws or defeats.

Victory last time out at Maritzburg United should be followed by a home success over Lamontville Golden Arrows, who have yet to hit their straps this campaign.

On paper Abafana Bes’thende have a useful squad, but they have battled to match that with performances.

A home win would seem the most likely result, but as the PSL has already shown this season, surprises are everywhere.