Chiefs, SuperSport records under threat
The last two undefeated teams in the Absa Premiership will lock horns in a league match on Saturday evening as SuperSport United host table toppers Kaizer Chiefs at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, kick-off at 8:15pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).
Neither Gavin Hunt’s men nor Stuart Baxter’s Glamour Boys have felt the heartache of defeat in the league this season, but, in stark contrast, the two sides sit in very different places on the log.
The Amakhosi top the standings with 21 points from their first nine games, four points clear of their closest rivals, while SuperSport occupy ninth spot on the table with 11 points.
Why such a big gap between the two sides – well, Chiefs have won six of their nine league games while the Matsatsantsa have only won one match and drawn their eight other games.
It has certainly been a cause for concern for Hunt who saw his side throw away another three points in midweek. United took the lead twice in their match against PSL rookies Chippa United, but on both occasions were pegged back as an 89th minute goal from Welcome Qalanto saw the sides draw 2-2.
Still, despite the disappointing draw, one of the positives coming out of the match was the form of striker Kermit Erasmus who scored a brace. Erasmus admits he was happy with his goals, but upset to see his side draw for the eighth time of the season.
“It feels good to find the back of the net and I was more than happy to score, but as a team we are disappointed because we felt we threw away the three points. It was a game we should have won,” said the Matsatsantsa man.
Looking ahead to the Chiefs game, the SuperSport attacker knows it will be no walk in the park: “Chiefs are in good form and top the standings, but we are not thinking about that. We are just focused on our own game and doing what we practise in training. We will go into this game confident and look to collect all three points.”
Chiefs are indeed in fine form and that was none more evident than in their 3-0 hammering of Golden Arrows in midweek. The Amakhosi coasted to victory and should have probably scored more goals, something coach Baxter is hoping improves against SuperSport.
“I am pleased with the result (against Arrows). I thought we started well, opening them up and creating quite a number of chances,” says the Englishman.
“There were, however, too many lapses of concentration. I think we should have scored more goals in the first half.”
Baxter, though, is aware that it will be no easy task to score against SuperSport who boast the second best defensive record in the league behind Kaizer Chiefs.
“We are coming up against an organised side in SuperSport United who also remain unbeaten in the league and who have been doing well in the Telkom Cup. They are difficult to break down and very organised in set pieces,” explains the Amakhosi coach.
“It is important for us to continue doing well. We want to stay unbeaten as long as possible. We will need to be on top of our game against a top quality side.”