AmaZulu - Golden Arrows Preview: Usuthu out to do KZN rivals no favours

Usuthu, who are currently ninth on the PSL log, meet league strugglers Abafana Bes'thende at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Tuesday night
  PROBABLE LINE-UPS
AMAZULU

Zikalala
Van Heerden, Teyise, Nyandombo, Macala
 G. Dlamini, Madondo, Arwuah, Manqana 
A. Dlamini, Ndulula
GOLDEN ARROWS

Bartman
Mngwengwe, Zwane, Ntombayithethi, Nene
Shange, Khuboni, Moholo, Mbewe
Katongo, Ntuli

AmaZulu will look to return into the top eight with a win over Golden Arrows on Tuesday while at the same time sending their KZN rivals to the National First Division (NFD).

Usuthu have done well under coach Craig Rosslee this season, finding themselves up there with the best in the league as they were, at one stage, threatening to overtake the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at the top.

The same thing however, cannot be said about Abafana Bes'thende as they have battled to move off the foot of the table for the better part of the season.

Arrows have had a difficult season and they remain strong candidates to automatically get relegated as they need to win all their games and hope other results go their way to at least make the play-offs. 

Nonetheless, the Lamontville-based outfit have fought hard to keep their slim survival hopes alive in recent weeks, and they are unbeaten in their last four league games.

Usuthu have enough firepower to upset their opponents, with Ayanda Dlamini and Bongani Ndulula expected to lift them up the ladder.

The two forwards failed to inspire the team in the last three games as Usuthu have not scored a single goal since their 4-1 defeat to Bidvest Wits.

AmaZulu will need to defend better against a desperate side like Arrows, who stunned Platinum Stars and SuperSport United in their last two league games.

Bonginkosi Ntuli and Christopher Katongo should closely be watched as they can score at any given time provided they are afforded space in dangerous areas.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • AmaZulu have not lost to Golden Arrows in their last five league games.
  • Abafana Bes'thende will be relegated if they get anything less than the three points on Tuesday.
  • In head-to-head to stats, Usuthu and Arrows have met 15 times since 2006, with AmaZulu winning eight compared to Arrows' six while only one match ended in a draw.
  • Thanduyise Khuboni is Arrows' leading goalscorer with eight strikes. 
  • Usuthu hammered Arrows 3-0 in the first half of the season.