Absa Premiership

Preview: Swallows v Tuks

2014-11-21 17:25
Fani Madid (Supplied)
Fani Madid (Supplied)

Cape Town - Three points will be like gold to both sides when Moroka Swallows host the University of Pretoria at the Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday.

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Both teams are struggling near the foot of the Premiership table, with Swallows in 13th position and Tuks in 14th, just one point and place above the drop zone.

The Birds have been in particularly bad form of late, having failed to win in their last six league matches, picking up just a single point in the process.

“We are more worried about ourselves than the opposition,” Swallows defender Larry Cohen admitted to Backpage Text, “We know they have also not enjoyed the greatest of starts, but we are focused on our game, we want to get as many points as possible before the Christmas break.”

Prior to their last match, a 3-0 home win over Ajax Cape Town, Steve Barker’s Tuks side had also been on a six match winless streak.

Historically, the two clubs have met four times in the past, with Tuks winning twice and Swallows once.

Last season’s two league encounters between the two sides ended in a home wins for both teams (1-0 for Swallows and 2-1 for Tuks).

Swallows will go into the game with caretaker coach Fani Madida still in charge of the team after Zeka Marques stepped away from the head coaching role. Former Birds midfielder Goodman Mazibuko has been helping Madida at training, but has not officially been handed the assistant coach role.

Neither side have any suspension concerns to deal with, although Mpho Matsi and Tebogo Monyai are both on three yellow cards for Tuks and will need to tread lightly.

Kick-off is at 18:00.

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