The Premier Soccer League resumes on Wednesday evening with several thrilling encounters on offer.
In the pick of the night’s remaining action, Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy will be looking for some much-needed respite when they host Free State Stars. The clash promises to be an exciting encounter with both City and Ea Lla Koto determined to return to winning ways following their elimination from the Telkom Knockout this past weekend.
However, the form book does favour the away side, who despite slipping up in the cup are unbeaten in their last four league encounters, while City on the other end have had to deal with defeats against Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United respectively as well as heartbreak in the MTN 8 final.
Nonetheless, City will be hoping to get their season back up and running and will look towards the likes of Lehlohonolo Majoro and veteran Teko Modise for that added spark. McCarthy could possibly also have talisman Aubrey Ngoma at his disposal should he choose to do as he makes his long-awaited return following a long-term injury layoff.
On the side of Stars though, Luc Eymael has his side firing on all cylinders, and are expected to put the past weekend’s disappointment behind them as they continue to surge up the PSL table, spearheaded by the rejuvenated Edward Manqele.
Meanwhile, in Rustenburg Platinum Stars will be desperate to start plotting their move off the bottom of the PSL standings when they host a struggling Ajax Cape Town. Roger De Sa’s men recently put in a shift against the highflying Maritzburg United in the cup to advance into the next round and the former Urban Warriors mentor will be hoping for a similar response.
But it won’t be easy for Dikwena as Ajax are showing signs of a resurgence. After defeats against cross-town rivals Cape Town City and Free State Stars, Ajax bounced back with victory in their last league outing, and although Ajax bombed out of the cup after losing out on the lottery of penalties, Stars will be in for fight.
Nevertheless, Ajax have been dealt a blow with the suspension of key defender and captain Mosa Lebusa after he picked up his fourth yellow card of the season against Polokwane City. This leaves Stanley Menzo picking up the pieces and will need to be proactive as he looks to find a way to contain Stars’ enterprising winger Katlego Otladisa.
Lastly in the nights’ other action, the PSL’s log leaders are in action as they travel to Durban to take on an unpredictable AmaZulu. Following Usuthu’s sensational comeback against Mamelodi Sundowns in the league, Cavin Johnson’s men were brought back down to earth against kaizer Chiefs on the weekend. But despite the loss, they cannot be taken for granted as they have several exciting players in their ranks including hitman Rhulani Manzini, and if the encounter is not going their way, they always have their experienced contingent to call upon.
But against a team like Baroka who have shocked the PSL’s ‘big guns’, the home side will not have things their own way. Bakgaga are arguably in the form of their lives and while they have struggled of late, racking up several draws and a loss to the defending champions Bidvest Wits in their last league outing, the win over City in the cup would have gone a long way to boosting the Limpopo-based outfit’s confidence.