How Solomons and Dove plan to topple Rayners and Stellies at FNB stadium

How Solomons and Dove plan to topple Rayners and Stellies at FNB stadium

Kaizer Chiefs’ speedy wing-back Dillan Solomons has listed three key priority areas to have a chance of beating Stellenbosch United and that includes properly managing their danger man Iqraam Rayners.

Speaking to SABC Sport on Monday just before they went to camp for tonight’s Dstv Premiership clash against Stellies at FNB stadium tonight, Solomon says once these areas are covered, half the job is done.

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Stellies are unbeaten in their last 13 matches in the league since September last year, and as the battle for the second spot continues, Solomons appears to have a plan.

''We know what type of a team they are, a transitional team, very good on counter attacks and they have a few youngsters coming through. But for us it's about sticking to what we know and doing our best,'' said Solomons.

Fresh from scoring for Bafana during the 3-all draw against Algeria last week, this past weekend Rayners extended his tally to eight goals in the league after scoring and providing an assist during the 3-0 drubbing of Royal AM.

Chiefs and Mozambican international utility defender Edmilson Dove agrees that Rayners is a dangerous striker but says he will find his match tonight.

''I think he is a good player, but the most important thing is about ourselves. I think we have been doing well defensively and obviously it's a matter of confidence and we are ready for what is coming,'' said Dove.

Chiefs will be looking to complete a double over Stellies this season after they had beaten them 1-0 in the first round at Athlone stadium with goals from Pule Mmodi and Christian Saile.

With Steven Barker’s team currently second on the log, with 35 points from 20 matches, Chiefs who have played a game more desperately need to close this gap, they are five points behind in the seventh place. Tactically, Solomons has an idea of how they can catch Stellies.

''They are a team that likes to cheat with the  front man, so it's just about us playing quicker through the lines and hopefully we can break them down,'' added Solomons.

Chiefs has only won once in the league in their last six matches, and this is not a good record for a team that’s challenging for the Champions League spot.

In their last two matches, they only picked up one point from two direct opponents for the second spot (Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City). Solomons says it’s not about picking up six-pointers only.