AmaZulu eye Arrows scalp in KZN Derby


Emiliano Tade of AmaZulu celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Highlands Park and AmaZulu at Makhulong Stadium, Johannesburg on 27 November 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC and Golden Arrows will renew their rivalry in the Absa Premiership when they meet at King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off at 15h30 CAT.

Usuthu are coming into this match having lost 3-1 to Black Leopards away on December 15.

The result broke a three-game winning streak for the team in green and white, which has turned their season around in spectacular fashion in recent weeks.

Usuthu have claimed 13 points from seven home matches this season, with their last result as hosts a 3-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic on December 12.

In-form Argentine striker Emiliano Tade will look to inspire Cavin Johnson’s side to victory at home.

Meanwhile, Arrows racked up a seventh draw of the season when they held Bidvest Wits 2-2 away from home on December 12.

The Durban side came from two goals down to salvage a share of the spoils.

Abafana Bes’thende have claimed eight points from seven away matches this season.

Their only win on the road came at KwaZulu-Natal rivals Maritzburg United way back in early August.

Arrows head coach Clinton Larsen will look to Lerato Lamola, who remains a key player for Abafana Bes’thende.

In head-to-head stats, Arrows and AmaZulu have met in 22 league matches since 2001/02.

Usuthu have claimed 10 wins compared to nine for Abafana Bes’thende, while three matches have been drawn.

The team clad in green and white has recorded five wins, three draws and three defeats from 10 matches as hosts in this rivalry.

Last season each side claimed a victory in their home game: Arrows triumphed 4-1 at Princess Magogo Stadium in September 2017, while AmaZulu claimed revenge with a 2-1 win at King Zwelithini Stadium in February 2018.

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