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Reyaad Pieterse © Backpagepix

SuperSport hoping for a double over Wits

SuperSport United will hope to keep their winning run intact as they now shift their focus to Wits at the Bidvest Stadium in the Absa Premiership on Tuesday night.

Kick-off is at 7.30pm.

Coach Stuart Baxter will motivate his charges to keep going as they will want to claim a win over their hosts for the second time this season.

The Tshwane side lost their three previous league matches to Baroka FC and lost twice to rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.

However, they bagged a 5-0 win over Liberia's Young Barrack Controllers in the Caf Confederation Cup as well as a 5-3 penalty shoot-out win over Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup this past weekend.

SuperSport occupy fifth spot on the table with 37 points and will have to cause an upset in Braamfontein to ensure they derail Wits's chances regarding the league race.

“There’s still a long way to go but we are just taking it one game at a time. We play Wits next in the league and they are purely our focus now,” said goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse.

“We’ve lost some momentum against Sundowns and Baroka so we need to get back to winning ways to get our league campaign on track.”

Shifting attention to the Clever Boys, Gavin Hunt's men are also chasing a win to ease their winless run.

They are fresh from a 1-1 draw against Cape Town City last week.

Wits are No 2 on the table, one point behind league leaders City (but with two games in hand) and will be out to win at all costs to return to the top of the standings.

Apart from their draw against City, their recent match saw them lose 1-0 to Egypt's Smouha FC in the Caf Confederation Cup and defeat Golden Arrows 3-0 at home.

The Clever Boys lost 2-0 away to SuperSport earlier in the season and this is a must-win as far as revenge is concerned for the Students.

"I don't even look at the games in hand. I look at how many points we have got; I look at what our situation is," said Hunt.

"If we can get ourselves to keep going and then say, 'oh, by the way, we've played two games less' then we'll worry about the title race.

"Right now just get the points, keep going... Because I know, with five games to go, it doesn't matter who you are, funny things happen.

"We've got SuperSport United, Orlando Pirates and Sundowns in the next few games. It will be determined by them."


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