Tuks host Wits in varsity derby

2014-12-19 13:53
Tebogo Monyai (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The University of Pretoria will be eager to end their winless run against Bidvest Wits when they welcome the Clever Boys to Tuks Stadium in an Absa Premiership encounter on Sunday afternoon.

Gavin Hunt’s men have yet to taste defeat against AmaTuks with the Johannesburg side claiming three wins in five previous meetings between the two sides.

Bidvest Wits will be eager to keep their sterling record against the Tshwane outfit intact as they look to cement their place in second spot on the league standings heading into the Christmas break.

AmaTuks though will be high on confidence having dispatched Polokwane City 5-1 in midweek, ending their winless streak in the league at four matches.

Captain Tebogo Monyai has warned that Bidvest Wits present a whole new challenge.

“Our preparations have to be different for the Wits game. Gavin is a very good coach, superb tactically. We know Bidvest Wits will play aggressive football, direct football, but if we play well we do stand a chance,” said Monyai.

“It’s a plus that we play at home, we have been doing well at home but that doesn’t make the game any easier. We have to build on the Polokwane win, we must be confident, but not over confident and I hope and pray that the players remain down the earth.

“We have to start again, it’s a new game against new opposition.”

Hunt expects a tightly contested game between the two sides with the former SuperSport United head coach admitting that his side we lucky to walk away with draw in the reverse fixture this season.

“They are a hard side to play against, we were lucky to get a draw against them at home in the first round,” said Hunt in the aftermath of his sides 1-0 win over Matsatsantsa on Wednesday.

“They have two good strikers, they move, they are very competitive and they fight.

“Sometimes a change of coach loosens the shackles a little bit and that’s maybe what happened [at Tuks]. I um under no illusion what we are going to get there.”

In head-to-head stats, Tuks and Wits have met in five league matches since 2012/13.

The Clever Boys have an unbeaten record, with two wins and three draws in the sequence.

When the teams met earlier this season in Johannesburg they played out to a 1-1 draw.

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