Maritzburg United seek to extend their
18-match home Friday night unbeaten run at the Harry Gwala Stadium, but AmaZulu
will hope to have something to say about that.
The Team of Choice won another KwaZulu-Natal
derby against Golden Arrows 2-1 in the opening game of 2020, extending their
unbeaten streak in Friday matches. They followed that up with draws against SuperSport
United and Chippa United.
“I think we commanded the game, very
well, probably from the first whistle,” Tinkler was quoted as saying by
Maritzburg’s website after the 0-0 draw with the Chilli Boys in Mdantsane.
“Yes, Chippa had a lot of possession in
the first 20 minute period, but it was negative possession in their own half
and they couldn’t hurt us. Only once or twice they played the long ball over
the top, but I thought we dealt with that very well.”
The Team of Choice are in pole position to
clinch a spot in next season’s MTN8. AmaZulu, by contrast, languish in 14th on
The usually unflappable Neil Boshoff was not
at his best in Usuthu’s 2-0 defeat to SuperSport United over the weekend, while
the team from Durban also struggled to bury their chances.
An over-reliance on Bongi Ntuli for goals has
been a problem, but they will hope the addition of Milos Lacny to their squad
will change that.
History does not bode well for AmaZulu — they
have not beaten Maritzburg in any of their last seven encounters. Usuthu’s last
triumph over the Team of Choice was a 3-1 away win in 2014.
time and prediction
Kick-off time: 17 January, 20:00
Prediction: Both teams have plenty of talented
defensive players and quality goalkeepers and not many goals are likely.
Maritzburg’s home Friday night run speaks for itself, so they are backed to win
When crunching the numbers and with an
expected chance of winning of 56% and considering they win more of half their
games with these odds, Maritzburg United are favourites. AmaZulu have just a
25% chance of winning and only win 16% of their matches with these odds.
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