Absa Premiership

Preview: Wits v Ajax Cape Town

2017-02-07 11:48
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Cape Town - Bidvest Wits continue their Premiership title quest when they host Ajax Cape Town at the Bidvest Stadium on Tuesday night.

The match kicks off the first round of games following a lengthy break for Christmas and the Africa Cup of Nations.

Gavin Hunt's Clever Boys are joint top of the standings, behind SuperSport United and above Cape Town City on goal difference.

However, their run up to the break did not provide great form - there was just one win (3-1 over Free State Stars) in a five game period, which saw the Johannesburg side losing to Cape Town City and SuperSport while drawing with Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United.

There was one new edition to the Wits squad in the January transfer window - that of former Ajax playmaker Granwald Scott.

Ajax's young captain Travis Graham is relishing the chance to face Scott, and says he hopes to get at least a point from the trip.

"It will my first time playing against Granwald Scott, obviously having played alongside him for a very long time," he told the club's website.

"I am happy for him and what he has achieved, but knowing Bidvest Wits - it is going to be difficult because they are title contenders, especially this season.

"Bidvest Wits have a good squad, knowing coach Gavin [Hunt] and the team he has at his disposal it is going to be a difficult game, they are going to go all in - we will have to match that.

"For us playing away, it is important that we try and at least get a draw, if we get a chance to win it - we must make sure we don't let it slip, three points would be the best outcome."

Stanley Menzo's Cape side were busier in the market with winger Sameegh Doutie returning for a second spell, while two attack-minded Zambian midfielders - Rodrick Kabwe and Aubrey Funga - as well as former Mamelodi Sundowns right-back Rheece Evans, all arrived in January.

The Urban Warriors go into the match in ninth position on the standings, thanks to an impressive run of form in the November and December which brought five wins in six games, following what had been a very poor start to the season.

The last five meetings (all competitions) between the two sides have seen two wins for each team and one draw. Wits beat Ajax 2-1 in the first half of the league season.

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