Absa Premiership

Preview: Chiefs v Maritzburg

2014-10-03 14:36
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Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs will be bidding to make it 12 wins in a row when they host Maritzburg United in the Telkom Knockout in Soweto on Saturday.

Read: Mthembu happy to be a team player

The Amakhosi train has not looked close to being derailed this season, having enjoyed a 100 precent run so far, but cup competitions are a different story.

However, with one trophy already in the cabinet this season, the MTN8 Cup, Stuart Baxter's side will be confident of extending their superb run.

They clash at the FNB Stadium and United captain Ashley Hartog believes they have no reason to fear Chiefs.

“They are good in certain places on the field but that also depends on how we play and how we defend," he said.

"If we defend well but also attack them the way they do, there could be rewards.

"At the moment they are the best team on counter attacks. They are very dangerous going forward because they do so in numbers.”

“If we can improve on our counter attacks and the other basics that we need to sort, it should be a nice game to watch.”

The Team of Choice gave Chiefs their toughest test so far last week, even though they were on the wrong end of a 1-0 league loss. With the game taking on a different format, Hartog said the happy-go-lucky format of cup competitions suits them well.

“I can't say we have revenge on our minds but it will be case of correcting where we went wrong on Saturday. It will be more about us trying to be better than we were last week.”

Chiefs goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune (ankle) and striker Katlego Mphela (foot) remain sidelined for the hosts, although they have been boosted by the return of Erick Mathoho, who was away on bereavement leave last week. Fellow defender Siboniso Gaxa is suspended.

United, meanwhile, will be without midfield trio Sibusiso Kumalo (ankle), Deolin Mekoa (knee) and Thami Mkhize (toe).

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