Only wins can save Arrows

2014-04-05 00:00

GOLDEN Arrows are on their last legs in the PSL, and they will be desperate for three log points against Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium tomorrow as they look to start their escape from relegation.

Arrows have been dismal this season, and have lost their last six league outings to be bottom of the table, seven points behind Polokwane City.

With a drop down to the National First Division looking increasingly likely, Arrows under coach Shaun Bartlett will have to arrive in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow with an attacking mentality as only a win will do. That should make for an open game, given that United under coach Steve Komphela have been amongst the goals themselves.

Coming off an impressive 3-1 win at SuperSport midweek, United enter tomorrow’s clash as favourites. But Komphela is all too aware of the dangers that come with facing a team fighting for their lives.

“These are the last kicks of a dying horse,” Komphela said of Arrows’ current situation. “But they are still ambitious, and they will come here to play.”

The province’s other club, AmaZulu, are in action this afternoon when they host another relegation-threatened side, Free State Stars, at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Coach Craig Rosslee goes into the match without any new injury concerns, though it was confirmed this week that goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini is likely to miss the rest of the season with a slipped disc in his neck.

Safe from any relegation worries, it is now a matter of securing a place in the top half of the table and participation in next season’s MTN8 for AmaZulu.

As good a season as it has been for Usuthu, their form at home has been concerning with just four victories out of 12.

“We have showed good away form and it is now a matter of replicating those performances at home,” said the coach.

“We’ve let ourselves down. We have three more matches at home and it is important that we get maximum points from them.”

Turning his attention to Free State, Rosslee said he expected them, like Arrows, to arrive with an attacking mentality.

“I don’t think they can afford to come here and just sit back,” said Rosslee. “Hopefully we can put them under pressure and get an early goal, and that will force them to open up even more.”

Both matches will be televised on SuperSport Four.

Weekend fixtures:

Today: 3 pm - SuperSport United v Orlando Pirates, Black Aces v Wits;

6 pm - AmaZulu v Free State Stars (SS4), University of Pretoria v Polokwane City; 8.15 pm - Kaizer Chiefs v Mamelodi Sundowns

Tomorrow: 3 pm - Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows (SS4), Bloemfontein Celtic v Platinum Stars.

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