04/03/2012 2:43 AM
Knocked out of the Nedbank Cup but not out, the fight is not over for Black Leopards.
Lidoda Duvha are battling relegation, although have registered two league wins on the trot which leaves them a point above the drop zone with eight matches left. There is a still a lot to do from the Limpopo team and they will face Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium tonight April 03.
Amakhosi on the other corner enter the PSL rematch five points off leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, but with a game in hand. They knocked out Leopards with a 4-0 score in the Nedbank Cup last-16 on Saturday and will be looking to make the points count in order to stay in the title race.
In team news Leopards have reported no injury concerns, with no suspensions in play for either side. While Kaizer Chiefs’ skipper Itumeleng Khune is still recovering from a recent concussion, with veteran goalkeeper Arthur Bartman to continue manning the poles. On the field Amakhosi’s will be missing Khune's brother Lucky, defender Thomas Sweswe and midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane who remain long-term casualties.
In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Leopards have met in 15 league matches since 2001/02. Amakhosi have seven wins compared to four for Lidoda Duvha, while four games have been drawn. When the teams met earlier this season in their first round league game in Polokwane, Chiefs won 2-0 thanks to goals from Baloyi and Majoro.
Chiefs don’t have an impressive home record against Leopards, with just two wins from seven matches. They last beat the Limpopo team at home in 2004/05. This should give Lidoda Duvha the confidence to bring the game to FNB and walk out with 3 points which will do them more than good.