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Chiefs 'need to be at their best'



Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter believes his table-topping outfit can not afford to let their guard down when they take on AmaZulu in a Premiership clash at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday.

"Struggling sides normally have nothing to lose when they come to a place like Chiefs," Baxter said of AmaZulu.

"They will not be an easy opponent either, they'll battle and battle and we'll try and put them to bed."

Chiefs head into the clash on the back of a 1-1 draw with the University of Pretoria over the weekend.

AmaZulu, last in the league standings, were held to a 1-1 draw by Chippa United on Saturday.

Baxter said Chiefs would need to be at their best as the league heads into its last round of fixtures before the Premiership takes a break for the Africa Cup of Nations next month.

"If we play the way we played when we scored the goal against Tuks, then I think we'll give anybody a game," Baxter said.

"But if we play the way we played when Tuks scored their goal, then we'll be in trouble against anybody."

Amakhosi, who hold a one-point lead at the top of the table, have struggled to carry the form which saw them claim top spot after the first quarter of the season.

"I don't think our form has dropped," he said.

"The draw against Tuks was a disappointment.

"You can do what you want with statistics, we're top of the league."

They have only managed to claim five of a possible 12 points from their last four fixtures, including a 1-1 draw with Orlando Pirates, and a 3-0 drubbing of Ajax Cape Town at the beginning of December.

"If you had said to me when I first came to Chiefs, 'at the halfway mark you'll be top of the league,' I'd say looking at the work we have to do with the players, that was a very optimistic call," Baxter said.

"I'm pleased with where we are in the league. I'm not pleased with Saturday's performance against Tuks."

In Tuesday's only other fixture, Maritzburg United host AmaTuks at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

On Wednesday, Moroka Swallows welcome Platinum Stars to the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto, and SuperSport United take on Ajax Cape Town at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Golden Arrows will host Orlando Pirates, while Bloemfontein Celtic are at home to Black Leopards.

Bidvest Wits will play Free State Stars in Johannesburg and Mamelodi Sundowns travel to Cape Town to take on Chippa United.

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