Dube Birds pile pressure on Amakhosi

2015-03-18 16:14

Kaizer Chiefs’ lead at the top of the Absa Premiership log could be reduced to five points if they fail to beat Moroka Swallows tonight.

With second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns breathing heavily down their necks, Amakhosi cannot afford to drop more points when they visit struggling Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.

Sundowns are also in action against another struggling side, Chippa United, at Loftus.

A victory for the Brazilians would put Chiefs under more pressure as it would reduce the gap at the top.

After losing back-to-back matches against Maritzburg United and Raja Casablanca in the CAF Champions League at the weekend, Chiefs will be looking to bounce back and get their title aspirations back on track.

Although they have a good record against the Dube Birds, facing a team that is fighting for survival will not be easy as Swallows need points to move away from the relegation zone.

Swallows parted ways with their second coach, Fani Madida, on Monday and it will be interesting to see how players respond to caretaker coach Patrick Mabedi, who is a Chiefs legend.

Chiefs problem has been converting their chances into goals and Stuart Baxter will be hoping that his strikers come to the party this evening. They have scored just a single goal in six matches.

In Tshwane, high-riding Sundowns are expected to add to Chippa’s woes – they are still to win a game under Ernst Middendorp.

Pitso Mosimane’s side is on a roll after beating visiting TP Mazembe 1-0 in the CAF Champions League. A week ago they registered an emphatic 5-0 victory over Polokwane City.

With Cuthbert Malajila and Khama Billiat in a free-scoring form, the odds are stacked against Chippa leaving Loftus with all the points.

Orlando Pirates host Mpumalanga Black Aces at Orlando Stadium. They are also hoping to continue their winning streak.

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