Absa Premiership

Preview: Chiefs v Black Aces

2014-12-19 13:23
Kaizer Chiefs (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to cement their position as the best team in the league by closing out the year with a win over Black Aces.

The match takes place at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with kick-off scheduled for 15H30.

The two sides will be meeting for the second time in the league this season, with Chiefs having won the first-round match 2-1.

AmaKhosi’s record says it all: 17 matches played, 13 wins, four draws, highest goal-scorers in the league, with the meanest defence in the league; right now Chiefs appear uncatchable under Stuart Baxter.

Aces coach Clive Barker would, however, love to upset the apple cart and to show that he has the tactical acumen to beat the best.

And Barker will be desperate to see his side end 2014 on a positive note after picking up just one win in their last seven games.

Having only taken one point from their last two games, against Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars, their recent form will not be seen as good enough for the big-spending ambitions Mpumalanga club, and in this respect a win on Saturday could go a long way to restoring morale ahead of next year.

But unlike his AmaKhosi counterpart Baxter, who has had endured very few injury problems this season, Barker has struggled with an ongoing casualty and suspension list.

Kwabena Adusei ,Valery Nahayo, Dennis Masina, Mabhuti Khenyeza, Clifford Ngobeni and Bafana Nhlapo are all sidelined with injury, while Mbulelo Mabizela’s disciplinary issues saw him forced out of the club.

Bongolethu Jayiya was forced off injured during the midweek loss to Celtic and is doubtful for Saturday, although Barker does have two players retuning from suspension: goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane and defender Siboniso Gumede.

Chiefs’ only major injury concern at the moment is to Zimbabwean midfielder Willard Katsande, who is likely to remain sidelined with a torn abdominal muscle.

Historically Chiefs have dominates this encounter, with 21 wins and five draws from the 31 matches played since 1985.

Aces can however take some confidence however from their unbeaten away record this season, which has yielded four draws and three victories.

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