Absa Premiership

Absa Premiership off to an explosive start

2018-01-21 06:05
LETHAL: Gift Motupa will lead the Baroka attack against Kaizer Chiefs. (Chris Ricco, BackpagePix)

Johannesburg - Baroka FC have already caused a few upsets against Kaizer Chiefs and they have had the better of Chiefs since their days in the second division.

Despite their dominance, they will want to show that their previous victories were not flukes when the teams meet at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane at 15:30 on Sunday. 

Baroka can lose to any other side, but need little motivation to win when playing against Amakhosi.

Another home win

This tantalising fixture is the pick of the weekend and Chiefs have a score to settle after their first-round loss at home.

Both sides have great momentum coming into this game following their respective wins last weekend. They will be hoping to continue where they left off against AmaZulu and Polokwane City.

There is a lot at stake as only one point separates the two teams on the log.

After their victory over Usuthu last weekend, which followed another home win over SuperSport United, Kgoloko Thobejane said he wanted his club to win all its home matches.

But he will have to tighten his porous defence – the players had let in 11 goals in four matches before keeping a clean sheet against AmaZulu.

Chiefs will not only be hoping to have another good outing, but will also want to register back-to-back victories in the new year.

The game will see Siphelele Ntshangase going back home for the first time since his move to Chiefs.

A week ago, the 26-year-old midfielder was a Baroka player, but on Sunday he will be out to inflict pain on his former team-mates.

The home side will be hoping the Limpopo heat takes its toll on the visitors – the temperature is expected to go above 30°C, which will make for a sweltering afternoon.

Come out tops

Gift Motupa, who came off the bench in the second half to ensure Baroka’s three points with a goal against AmaZulu, will be out to continue where he left off last weekend.

Whenever these two sides meet, there is no love lost and Sunday's game promises the same fireworks experienced previously.

Supporters are in for a real treat when the two teams renew their rivalry.

Chippa United welcome Golden Arrows at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

With only two points separating the teams, it is hard to say which side will come out tops.

Both have been blowing hot and cold on the field, but playing in front of their home supporters should spur the Chilly Boys on to do better on Sunday than they did last weekend.

They fought hard to get a late equaliser against Bidvest Wits and force a draw.

Arrows were buoyed by their first win in 10 matches when they beat SuperSport United last weekend.

The game will see Sandile Zuke play against his former side for the first time after leaving Chippa to join Arrows.

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