Kaizer Chiefs face SuperSport United in their next DStv Premiership match on Sunday at Lucas 'Masterpieces' Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, following a confidence-boosting 4-0 victory over Chippa United last time out.
Amakhosi will now try to halt a four-game league winless streak against SuperSport and turn their fortunes around against a squad that has long proven to be a difficult opponent for Chiefs.
Chiefs will be looking at their opponents' recent form and the fact that they have yet to lose a game and are now in second position as they prepare for the encounter.
All of these criteria are unimportant to Chiefs defender Erick Mathoho. "I don't glance at the table," he says of the game. I've been studying their lineup to see who their standout players are and who I'll need to pay special attention to. We know it will be a difficult game, but their present form and results don't worry me."
Mathoho and Chiefs will be seeking to change their poor record against SuperSport United, which has seen Amakhosi lose their last four league games against them, with Chiefs' last league win coming on December 12, 2018.
“We are prepared to fight,” Mathoho continues. "We know SuperSport has caused us trouble in the past, but this time we are prepared."
United has proven to be a difficult opponent for Amakhosi over the years. This will be the teams' 51st league clash in the PSL era. Chiefs have won 13 of the past 50 matches, compared to 19 for SuperSport, with 18 more games ending in a draw. Chiefs have done well when SuperSport has been the host. Since 1996-97, each side has won seven games and drawn eleven times with SuperSport as the host.
Bernard Parker, a former Matsatsantsa striker, believes that Chiefs may come away with a positive outcome from their match against Matsatsantsa.
"Games against SuperSport United are always exciting because they have a fantastic structure and well-equipped squads," says Parker, a Chiefs senior striker. "From set plays, we know they're strong and have a devastating front line." Earlier in the season, we played them in a friendly game. We did well in the game, which serves as a warning to the boys about what SuperSport will entail.
“For the past two years, we've had success against strong teams. This was also evident in the Champions League. It is beneficial to us and motivating to win the game. They're really sturdy, and it's up to us to put in the effort. It will be excellent for us to go into this game after winning our last game."
The game will be Baxter's 98th league game in command of the Chiefs, putting him in a tie for second place with Ernst Middendorp on the list of Chiefs coaches in the PSL era. Muhsin Ertugral is the only one ahead of them.
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