Clever Boys brace for Amakhosi battle

Bidvest Wits will play host to Absa Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium in Soweto on Sunday afternoon. Kick-off is at 15h30 CAT.

The Clever Boys have put together an eight-game unbeaten run in the league, though that includes six draws – the most recent of which was 1-1 away to Bloemfontein Celtic on August 27. Gavin Hunt’s troops have claimed 22 points from 13 home matches so far in the 2019/20 season

Chiefs have won just once in five league outings since the restart and suffered a sixth defeat of the season when they were beaten 1-0 at home by title rivals Mamelodi Sundowns on August 27. The Amakhosi, however, have claimed an impressive 29 points from 13 away matches in this campaign.

The teams met as recently as August 12, in the first week of the league’s restart, and played out a 1-1 draw: Chiefs looked to be on course for all three points thanks to Samir Nurkovic’s opener, but Cole Alexander netted a late equaliser for Bidvest Wits at Orlando Stadium. 

Pre-match comments:

Gavin Hunt “Their biggest weapon of the season will be back in [Samir] Nurkovic so I’m expecting a different team from the one that played against Sundowns.

Obviously there were some players that played out of position [against Sundowns] that won’t play there again. It will be totally different. 

“People don’t obviously know the challenges we’ve faced, but we keep going. The players have given me everything. We will just continue going and give it everything we’ve got. 

“I think every game we have finished well, obviously the mental fatigue is a problem. But we will go with what we’ve got. 

“There will be a backlash from Chiefs. They are a proud club, the biggest club in South Africa. They are fighting to win the league, but we are also fighting for third. I think we still have a great chance, but we need to start winning games starting Sunday, which won’t be easy that’s for sure.” 

Head-to-head statistics: 

Last 10 league results 

Season Result Scorers

2014/15 Chiefs 1-2 Wits Tshabalala; Botes, Sekese
2015/16 Chiefs 2-1 Wits Katsande (pen), Gordinho; Klate
2015/16 Wits 0-1 Chiefs Maluleka
2016/17 Wits 2-1 Chiefs Pelembe, Hlatshwayo; Gordinho
2016/17 Chiefs 1-0 Wits Paez
2017/18 Chiefs 1-1 Wits Tshabalala; Gamal
2017/18 Wits 1-1 Chiefs Majoro; Moon
2018/19 Chiefs 1-3 Wits Castro; Hotto, Dzvukamanja, Motupa
2018/19 Wits 0-2 Chiefs Castro, Ekstein
2019/20 Chiefs 1-1 Wits.Nurkovic, Alexander

League record (since 1985)

Home

P W D L GF GA

Wits 34 3 12 19 20 56
Chiefs 33 13 10 10 33 28

Away

P W D L GF GA

Wits 33 10 10 13 28 33
Chiefs 34 19 12 3 56 20

Total

P W D L GF GA

Wits 67 13 22 32 48 89
Chiefs 67 32 22 13 89 48