Usuthu look to beat Maritzburg in KZN Derby


AmaZulu FC will look to return to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they host provincial rivals Maritzburg United at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Tuesday.

Kick-off at 19h30.

Usuthu have gone three matches with a win and their last league outing was a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs in Soweto on September 22.

The Durban side last registered a three-pointer when they beat Free State Stars 2-1 in August.

Usuthu, however, boast an unbeaten record at home this season. They have claimed seven points from a possible nine and held champions Mamelodi Sundowns 3-3 in their last game as hosts.

AmaZulu head coach Cavin Johnson will look to hard-working midfielder Siyethemba Mnguni, who has the ability to inspire Usuthu to victory.

Maritzburg picked up their first win of the season in their last league outing, defeating Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 away from home on September 23 thanks to an early goal from Bandile Shandu.

The Team of Choice have played just twice away from home this term: their first was a 2-1 loss at Free State Stars in August and their second the above-mentioned win in Bloemfontein.

Maritzburg attacking midfielder Siphesihle Ndlovu is the dangerman for Fadlu Davids’ side.

In head-to-head stats, Maritzburg and AmaZulu have met in 18 league matches since 2006/07.

The Team of Choice has claimed nine wins compared to two for Usuthu, while seven matches have been drawn.

The Durban side has claimed one win from nine home matches in the rivalry, suffering five defeats in the process.

Last season, Maritzburg took four points off AmaZulu, drawing 1-1 in Durban in the first half of the campaign before claiming a 2-0 home win.

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