Kaizer Chiefs v SuperSport United: Who is in a better position to advance in the MTN8?

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Goal takes a look at who stands a chance of reaching the MTN8 final between Amakhosi and Matsatsantsa

The MTN8 semi-final matches will receive the attention they deserve this weekend when  Kaizer Chiefs host SuperSport United in the second leg at the FNB Stadium.

Amakhosi are yet to find their rhythm under their new coach Giovanni Solinas and the record is there to back the argument, but they are at home for this clash on Saturday night.

Having secured a 2-2 draw last weekend away at Lucas Moripe Stadium, are they capable of securing a win and setting up a final date on September 29?

Nonetheless, Goal takes a look at which of the two sides stands the best chance of reaching the final between the two Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants, Amakhosi and Amatsantsa A Pitori.

Although, many factors come to the fore when looking at Amakhosi as far as their 2018/19 PSL run is concerned, they have a lot of work to do to prove the naysayers wrong.

Kaizer Chiefs v SuperSport United MTN8


KAIZER CHIEFS' PSL FORM SO FAR


While previous form does not usually count when it comes to cup competitions, Chiefs must be concerned about their lacklustre showing thus far.

Out of five PSL matches, they have suffered one defeat and secured four points resulting from as many draws in their new campaign and have dropped an expensive eight points.

On the other hand, they were cruising to their maiden win in the league against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night, but two soft goals saw their die-hard supporters having to wait a bit longer for their first league win.

Heading into such a crucial clash on the back of a disappointing 2-2 draw could definitely dent Chiefs' chances of making it to the final, but the coach will have to pull rabbit out of the hat, if they are to advance. 

For the coach, perhaps he should also learn to close shop when he is comfortably leading in the match as their enthusiasm to search for more goals came a severe cost.

 


LOW CONFIDENCE AND PRESSURE ON KAIZER CHIEFS


It is no secret that Chiefs are under pressure to reach the final and lift the trophy.

Chiefs' barren run is slowly working on the players' mental aptitude because they are yet to bag a win in the league.

Perhaps in cup matches they can surprise SuperSport. That will take guts and character for the Naturena-based side as they have only tasted glory over Free State Stars since the start of the season in all competitions.

The players, the technical team and the management all have one thing in common at this stage and that is their desire to reach the final – that also puts further pressure on the team.

In most instances, pressure might work for some players but the same cannot be said for the entire squad.


DEFENSIVE CRACKS FOR KAIZER CHIEFS


Having conceded seven goals in the league and two in the Wafa Wafa competition means that the Tshwane side could potentially find a goal or two on Saturday night.

The Chiefs coach seems to have brought a different mentality in the league where his team led 2-0 against Celtic but still wanted to employ an attacking approach which opened a way for Siwelele to score twice.

Unless the coach brings some changes in how his team is organised defensively, chances of dispatching the reigning champions are slim.

Many are calling for Solinas to go with the defensive combo of Erick Mathoho and Siyabonga Ngezana and rest Daniel Cardoso whilst some have even called for Willard Katsande to make way for Wiseman Meyiwa to provide cover for Siphelele Ntshangase.

Also, with the absence of Virgil Vries, the coach has hinted that Itumeleng Khune could also be unavailable for the tie and that means Bruce Bvuma will man the posts.

However, the likes of Khama Billiat, Leonardo Castro and Ntshangase are definitely on fire upfront for the hosts and that fire power should give Chiefs an added boost at home.

Turning focus to the 2017 Caf Confederation Cup finalists, SuperSport stand a great chance of making the final for the second season in a row.

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SUPERSPORT UNITED'S PSL RUN SO FAR 


The side from the Capital City is enjoying a fine form so far as they have one loss and three victories on the trot.

That is a great record for a club who took the gamble on appointing one of their longest serving members

Nevertheless, SuperSport are not scoring as many goals (four) as they have conceded three out of four matches in the league. 

Ahead of the clash against Chiefs, they managed to defeat their former coach Eric Tinkler, who led Chippa United for the first time in their midweek game.

 


THE REIGNING CHAMPIONS TAG


Coach Tembo has already guided SuperSport past Orlando Pirates. Up next is another Soweto giant and sparks will fly because the match remains an open affair after their 2-2 draw in Atteridgeville.

The rules are crystal clear that should the match remain deadlocked in the second leg, there is no extra time and penalties will decide who reaches the final.

That should be a concern for Solinas if the match reaches the dreaded lottery because the Buccaneers suffered a loss on penalties when Ronwen Williams became the champions' hero.

Should Solinas miss Khune for this massive encounter and reach the penalties, SuperSport could have an upper hand because Williams has the experience to be highly influential. 


SUPERSPORT UNITED'S STRIKING FORCE


Bradley Grobler and George Maluleka - Kaizer Chiefs v SuperSport United

It is evident that Tembo has revived Bradley Grobler's form after spending much of the previous term sidelined by a long term injury and he has subsequently received a Bafana Bafana call-up upon his return.

Just last weekend, he was on-form and netted a brace, and Tembo will want to see the same hunger from the forward.

Moreover, another striker in Evans Rusike is also regaining the form which made him a greatly feared attacker at Maritzburg United. He has already netted three goals in the league as top scorer.

As football analysts have been singing the same song since the start of the season about Chiefs' defence, Tembo will also want to exploit their defensive weaknesses using his lethal men upfront.

However, he must be mindful of Ntshangase's defence splitting passes in search of Billiat and Castro, who are always ready to bury those chances.

This match is surely one of the most anticipated this weekend as both sides will want to reach the final for different reasons.

 

 

 

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