“All the teams in the league want to start the New Year with a victory and we would like to do the same. We are only five points behind SuperSport so if we could cut that gap to two points and it would be a great start to the year for us. It would keep us in a strong position,” Larsen told Goal.
Abafana Bes'thende recruited two strikers in Chiukepo Msowoya and Knox Mutizwa as well as left-back Nkosinathi Mthiyane on-loan from Orlando Pirates during the recent January transfer window.
They are in line to make their debuts against United, who will possibly unveil their new addition Mandla Masango too.
“We brought in two strikers - Msowoya and Knox Mutizwa from Bidvest Wits. We brought in Mthiyane at left-back, which has been a problem area for us since (Lehlohonolo) Nonyane got injured," he added.
“So it’s a big relief for us as a club to have a player like Mthiyane available. The same goes for Msowoya and Mutizwa. So there’s a possibility that all three players could be involved against SuperSport,” Larsen said.
Matsatsantsa are known for their astuteness at set-pieces with the aerial prowess of among others Clayton Daniels, Morgan Gould, Michael Boxall and even Thabo Mnyamane.
Having played to a 1-1 draw in the first round in KZN where Arrows missed two penalties, Larsen believes they have planned well to combat their threat.
“We worked very hard at training to neutralize that threat from SuperSport. We done it very successfully when we drew with them in the first round and we are hoping to do the same on Wednesday," he stressed.
“They do have a very tall team. All we got to do is try to be aggressive and compete, and hopefully that will be enough to thwart any aerial danger from them,” Larsen concluded.