Derby challenge for Usuthu


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AmaZulu will aim to return to winning ways in the Absa Premiership when they travel to the Harry Gwala Stadium to face KwaZulu-Natal rivals Maritzburg United on Friday night at 20h00.

Usuthu go into this clash having suffered three straight league defeats, the latest being the 2-0 home loss to Mamelodi Sundowns and will be determined to get a positive result away from home.

Craig Rosslee’s men have collected 16 points from their 11 away matches so far this season and are currently placed eighth on the Absa Premiership log with 28 points from 22 matches.

Their next three league opponents are Polokwane City (home), Bloemfontein Celtic (away) and Free State Stars (home).

Maritzburg on the other hand go into this fixture with their tails high after collecting maximum points from their last two league outings, beating Moroka Swallows 1-0 and Free State Stars 3-2.

The Team of Choice have claimed 14 points from 10 home matches so far this season and are placed 13th on the Absa Premiership log with 23 points from 20 matches.

Their next three league opponents are Bloemfontein Celtic (home), Platinum Stars (away) and Golden Arrows (home).

In head-to-head stats, Maritzburg and AmaZulu have met in 13 league matches since 2006/07.

United have seven wins compared to just one for Usuthu, while five matches have been drawn.

Maritzburg boast an unbeaten home record against AmaZulu, with three wins and three draws from six matches.

When the teams met earlier this season, the Team of Choice claimed a 2-0 away win in Durban, a result that Usuthu will look to avenge on Friday.

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