Can Stars halt Chiefs’ run?

2014-03-12 12:26

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Platinum Stars are out to put a stop to Kaizer Chiefs’ unbeaten run of 14 matches in all competitions.

The two teams meet in a league fixture at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg this evening.

Stars were the last side to beat Amakhosi in November on their way to winning the Telkom Knockout.

In fact, Stars are the same team that halted Chiefs’ unbeaten run last season and they will be looking to do the same in front of their home supporters.

Chiefs, on the other hand, will not only be looking to avenge that defeat, but to open the gap at the top of the log.

They are six points ahead of second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns, who have played one more game.

Stars are guaranteed more supporters of other title contenders who will be rallying behind the Rustenburg team to stop Chiefs in their tracks.

But Stuart Baxter’s team has been on a roll and it doesn’t look likely that Stars can stop them.

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With one eye on Saturday’s Soweto derby against rivals Orlando Pirates, Baxter will be torn between playing some of his key men who are just one card from suspension.

The likes of Bernard Parker, Knowledge Musona and Morgan Gould are all sitting on three yellow cards and another caution will see them missing the derby.

Chiefs will once again be without their number one goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune, who is still nursing an ankle injury.

Reyaad Pieterse, who has kept two clean sheets in Chiefs’ last two matches, is expected to be in goals.

Meanwhile, new Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic will hit the ground running this evening when he leads his team against Moroka Swallows in the original Soweto derby at Dobsonville Stadium.

Vermezovic, who officially took over the reins on Sunday after being granted a work permit, inherited a team that has been blowing hot and cold. Pirates lost 1-0 to the University of Pretoria on Saturday and the Serb will have to motivate his charges to bounce back against the equally inconsistent Swallows, who have not won any of their previous seven league games.

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