Kaizer Chiefs v Bidvest Wits: Kick off, TV channel, live score, squad news & preview

Gustavo Paez and Sifiso Hlanti - Kaizer Chiefs v Bidvest Wits
Gavin Hunt's men started the season with a bang, but facing an Amakhosi side that is desperate for three points will not be a walk in the park

Kaizer Chiefs will be at home for their second league match of the season against Bidvest Wits, who are brimming with confidence following their 3-0 win over Free State Stars this past weekend.

Giovanni Solinas' charges could manage a draw away to Mamelodi Sundowns in their opening match, but winning in front of their home fans is none negotiable.

The Italian mentor has already pleaded for more time to instill his philosophy, but he is well aware that he won't be given enough time given the club's three-year trophy drought. 

While it's still early days, Chiefs showed signs of improvement from last season, playing an attacking brand of football in Tshwane last week. 

However, they will need to convert those goalscoring chances which they keep creating in the final third. 

Wits have almost a new team having signed 11 players in the off-season, and Hunt will have to find a way to make everyone in the team happy, including those who were there last season.   

Game Kaizer Chiefs v Bidvest Wits
Date Tuesday, August 07 
Time 7:30pm SA Time

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch

In South Africa, the game will be shown live on SuperSport 4.

Live Match Centre TV Channel
Goal.com SS4

Squads & Team News

Position Missing players
Defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele (doubtful)
Midfielder George Maluleka (injured), Dax (work permit)

George Maluleka is still nursing an injury, and he will not feature against the Students. 

Solinas partnered Siphelele Ntshangase with Willard Katsande in the previous game against Sundowns, and he's unlikely to make any changes given how well the team performed. 

Amakhosi's area of concern is the right hand side of the defence where Ramahlwe Mphahlele usually plays. 

Rama limped off the pitch against the Brazilians with a suspected hamstring injury, and he's doubtful for the encounter at the FNB Stadium. 

Should he opt to tweak his starting line-up, then Kgotso Moleko is likely to start on the right hand, although there's also Joseph Molangoane, who filled in Mphahlele's absence last season. 

Andriamirado Aro Hasina ‘Dax’ Andrianarimanana is also in camp with the Glamour Boys, but he won't feature until he acquires his work permit.  

Potential Chiefs XI: Khune; Moleko, Ntiya-Ntiya, Cardoso, Mathoho; Katsande, Ntshagase, Tshabalala; Parker, Billiat, Castro.

Wits on the other hand, have no injury concerns going into this encounter, and this gives Hunt something to be content with as he aims to upset the odds at the Calabash. 

Players such as Bantu Mzwakali, Brighton Mhlongo and Elias Pelembe had to settle for a place on the bench in the previous match. 

But the likes of Deon Hotto, Robyn Johannes and Terrence Dzvukamanja made their debuts for the Students.

Hunt will want to keep it this way to see if the same players would replicate their Saturday's performance.  

Potential Wits XI: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Johannes, Monare, Hotto, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Alexander, Motupa, Macuphu, Dzvukamanja. 

Match Preview

Elias Pelembe of Bidvest Wits scores against Chiefs

Matches between Chiefs and Wits are always interesting because of the unpredictable nature of the two sides. 

Based on form, there's nothing that separates the two sides as they have won two matches and lost two each in their last five competitive games.   

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Wits are yet to concede a goal this season, while Chiefs have already conceded via a penalty against Sundowns. 

The two teams met three times last season with Wits registering a 1-0 win over Amakhosi in the Telkom Knockout Cup match. 

The other two encounters which came in the league ended in draws.