AmaZulu will be in search of their third consecutive win in the Absa Premiership when they face Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday at 15h30.
Usuthu are unbeaten in three matches since the beginning of the year, playing to a 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates before registering back-to-back 1-0 wins over SuperSport United and Ajax Cape Town.
The Durban side has picked up 15 points from their nine away matches so far this season and will look to increase their tally at the expense of a Swallows side that is looking to cement their place in the top half of the table.
Usuthu are placed third on the Absa Premiership log with 27 points from 18 matches and their next three league opponents are Bidvest Wits, Mamelodi Sundowns (both home) and Maritzburg United (away).
Swallows will be eager to return to winning ways following last week’s 2-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs as their midweek fixture against Mpumalanga Black Aces was postponed.
Zeca Marques’ side have claimed 13 points from their seven home matches so far this season and are placed eighth on the Absa Premiership log with 22 points from 15 matches.
Their next three league opponents are SuperSport United (home), Maritzburg United (away) and Bloemfontein Celtic (home).
In head-to-head stats, Swallows and AmaZulu have met in 49 league matches since 1985.
The Dube Birds have 18 wins compared to 14 for Usuthu, while 17 matches have been drawn.
Swallows have won 10 of their 24 home matches against AmaZulu down the years, suffering five defeats in the process.
Usuthu defeated the Birds 1-0 in Durban earlier this season with Bongani Ndulula netting the winner and will be motivated by the prospect of completing a double over the Soweto side.