By SABC Sport
31st March 2023
Amakhosi have won their last three league encounters and are unbeaten in eight games in all competitions including a Nedbank Cup last 16 encounter.
They emerged on the right side of a 3-2 victory over Maritzburg United on Saturday after seeing off Casric Stars 2-1 in the knockout competition.
They have aspirations for second place on the standings and currently occupy fourth with 37 points from 23 games; level with Orlando Pirates in third place and two adrift of SuperSport United in the runners-up spot.
Stellies are in eighth with 30 points having gone down 2-0 to AmaZulu last time out, but progressed with a 6-3 hammering of TS Galaxy in the Nedbank Cup and held Mamelodi Sundowns to a 1-1 league draw, after four successive wins, in all competitions.
Ahead of the tie, Chiefs boss Arthur Zwane said on FARPost: "We do have the quality. When you are Kaizer Chiefs and things are not going your way people will always doubt your quality. People expect Kaizer Chiefs to be up there competing for the number one spot.
"And I will say it again, when you look at the number of chances we created, we are probably the second best after Mamelodi Sundowns.
"The only difference is that Sundowns take 80% of their chances, and we only scored 30%. And yes, we have been very sloppy when it comes to defending. When you look at the goals we have conceded, it is not that teams punished us; we give the ball away for them to punish us, not that they outplayed us.
"I admit, we have had poor performances. We have been blowing hot and cold, but still we have been creating plenty of opportunities and most of the games we played, we dominated and we were just unfortunate not to win so that’s football for you."
Stellies boss Steve Barker added: "With a run that we're on, we're always looking for areas to improve. We're always looking to be a better team from a previous match.
"We know Chiefs themselves are on a good run. They have also been playing well, they've got good players all around the park, and good individual quality.
"So, it goes without saying that we have to our full potential. We have to do what we do well as a football team.
"We obviously have to negate the strength that they have as a team. But we do believe that if we can do that, we also have the capability of asking them questions.
"So, it's gonna be one of those games where we have to play well both defensively and in attack. Take our chances when they're presented to us and defend really well."