Absa Premiership

Preview: AmaTuks v Swallows

2015-04-28 15:46
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Cape Town - University of Pretoria will be desperate to breathe new life into their top-eight hopes on Tuesday, but face a Moroka Swallows side battling for their Premiership survival.

AmaTuks currently sit 10th in the standings, just two points adrift of the final MTN8-qualifying position, but have gone six league matches without victory, drawing two and losing four, while their most recent outing finished goalless against Orlando Pirates.

Sammy Troughton's men should, however, view this week's Tuks Stadium encounter as the perfect chance to snap their winless run as they host a Swallows side sitting rock bottom in the league standings.

The Dube Birds have been marginally in better form than their upcoming opponents, managing at least one win from their last six, but still suffering four defeats during that time to see a resurgent AmaZulu surpass them in the standings, albeit on goal difference.

The Soweto outfit will now need to win at least two of their remaining four matches to have any hope of retaining their record of never having been relegated - one of only five teams in the PSL's history - although the odds seem heavily stacked against the Birds.

Neither team reported any fresh injury concerns ahead of the tie, although Troughton could look to rotate some of his squad members, given the fact they were in action against the Buccaneers just four days ago.

Swallows, meanwhile, were last in action back on April 18, a 1-1 draw against Nedbank Cup finalists SuperSport United, and should have a fully-fit squad to choose from.

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