Sundowns a serious threat, says Baxter

2014-04-03 14:07

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter believes Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash against Mamelodi Sundowns will go a long way in determining the destination of the title.

The eagerly anticipated game takes place at the FNB Stadium at 8.15pm.

Baxter says he has respect for Sundowns as they play as a team and will pose a serious threat to Chiefs’ title challenge.

Chiefs are three points ahead of second-placed Downs and Baxter says he expects the Brazilians to come out with guns blazing as they aim to halt Amakhosi’s successful run.

Chiefs have lost only two of their previous 17 games in all competitions this year, but Downs have also won six on the trot since their defeat to Bidvest Wits last month.

“The pressure is more on them to attack us as they need results more than us,” says Baxter. “This game is more important to us as well because the three points will make us comfortable at the top.”

Baxter also says it is still touch-and-go regarding the availability of goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and striker Knowledge Musona.

Khune was on the bench when Chiefs beat Golden Arrows yesterday after recovering from last month’s ankle injury. He has missed the team’s previous six games.

After limping off with an ankle injury, Musona did not make last night’s team, but Baxter is optimistic that the Zimbabwean striker will be back for Sundowns.

“Our medical team will assess them again this morning and we will take it from there. Itu did take part in a full training session and if he does not feel the pain then he will make it.”

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