KZN derby headlines four-match DStv Premiership preview wrap

KZN derby headlines four-match DStv Premiership preview wrap

We preview four of the weekend's DStv Premiership matches with a fiery Kwazulu-Natal derby scheduled for Saturday evening headlining the action.

Sekhukhune United v Cape Town City FC

Sekhukhune United lock horns with Cape Town City FC at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.

Sekhukhune, sixth, are coming off a 2-0 victory over Richards Bay FC after suffering consecutive defeats prior. Meanwhile, City are eighth and also returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Swallows FC last time after after successive losses to SuperSport United and Stellenbosch FC prior.

The odds are tilted in the hosts' favour as City have not won in their last six matches on the road while Sekhukhune have won their last three at home.

the last time the sides met was at the DHL Stadium in September last year when the match ended in a goalless draw.

Richards Bay FC v Stellenbosch FC

Richards Bay FC will be looking to turn around their worrying form since the FIFA World Cup break when they clash with Stellenbosch FC at King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday.

The Natal Rich Boyz have had an incredible debut season in the top-flight which has seen them in the number two spot for the majority of the season. Pitso Dladla and Valsili Manousakis's side however, have slipped to fourth after just two wins in seven matches since the resumption.

It has been a poor season for Stellenbosch. After finishing fourth last season and with 11 wins and just five defeats, the men in Maroon have only won five and already lost seven. Steve Barker's side are looking porous at the back as they have conceded the second most goals (27) in the division.

The last time the sides met was in September last year on which occasion Richards Bay prevailed 2-0 winners.

AmaZulu v Royal AM

AmaZulu and Royal will meet in what will be another heated Kwazulu-Natal derby at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

AmaZulu are looking for revenge after losing the reverse fixture 2-0 in January. In that match, Usuthu had more than their fair share of chances but failed to capitalise and put their neighbours to bed. AmaZulu boss said: “The game is going to be on us to win just like the first one [against Royal], if we take our chances then we win. Even if we concede two, we should score five."

Folz's side saw a five-match unbeaten streak come to an end with a 2-1 defeat to TS Galaxy last weekend. Royal, meanwhile, are on a three-match unbeaten run and drew 1-1 with SuperSport United in their previous fixture.

AmaZulu are in 11th with 25 points and Royal AM are in ninth - just a point better off which should add more spice to an already intriguing match-up.


Chippa United v Swallows FC

Swallows FC will be looking to do the double over Chippa United when the sides face off at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Gqeberha on Sunday.

The Birds won 1-0 in the reverse fixture last month with Mbulelo Wambi and Kagiso Malinga finding the back of the net for Ernst Middendorp's side who are coming off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Cape Town City FC on Sunday. Middendorp's men are in 14th equal on points with Maritzburg United in the relegation zone.

Chippa, meanwhile, lost 2-1 to Stellenbosch FC last time out and are just three points above the drop zone. Head coach Morgan Mammila referred to his side's defending against Stellies last weekend as 'childish'.

The 1-0 win over Chippa on January 6 was the first of Middendorp's tenure at Swallows but he will have to do without Keegan Allan and Bongani who are suspended after both being sent off against the Citizens in theor last fixture.