It’s advantage Chiefs ... but AmaZulu are no pushovers

2015-04-09 12:34

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The Absa Premiership title is Kaizer Chiefs’ to lose after their fellow championship contenders dropped crucial points in the latest round of league fixtures.

Amakhosi have now been presented with a chance to open the gap at the top to 10 points ahead of their nearest rivals Mamelodi Sundowns – that’s if Chiefs get past AmaZulu at the Peter Mokaba Stadium tonight.

This opportunity followed after all three other title chasers – Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits – lost ground in the race for the R10?million grand prize over the past few days.

Defending champions Sundowns came back to grab a point at Mpumalanga Black Aces after a 1-1 draw at Mbombela Stadium last night, which means the Brazilians missed out on a chance to narrow the gap to five points.

Also last night, Pirates were held to a 3-3 draw by

Platinum Stars at Orlando Stadium.

The high-scoring stalemate meant the Buccaneers also failed to take advantage of the slip-up by Wits who could only produce a 1-1 draw against Polokwane City on Saturday. A win for Pirates last night would have placed the Buccaneers a point adrift of Sundowns.

Meanwhile, despite Chiefs’ inconsistent form of late, the Amakhosi go into tonight’s fixture against AmaZulu still commanding a seven-point lead over second-placed Sundowns.

Chiefs failed to win in their last five matches in all competitions since their 3-0 win over relegation candidates Moroka Swallows on March 18.

On-form AmaZulu, on the other hand, also have a chance to leapfrog Swallows (on 15th) and Free State Stars (14th) in the relegation zone.

A win for Usuthu will shoot them up to 14th spot with 23 points, which will be one over Swallows and Stars, who are tied on 22 points.

AmaZulu’s victory will drag Swallows to the foot of the table as the low-flying Birds have inferior goal difference compared to the grief stricken Ea Lla Koto who this week lost their striker Richard Heneyekane in a car accident.

»?Follow the Chiefs vs AmaZulu match on SS4 at 7pm tonight

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