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Chippa United and Cape Town City to battle it out for three vital points

Posted: 22 October 2017 Time: 13:00

Chippa United and Cape Town City square off at Sisa Dukashe Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a game where three points is crucial for both sides.

For hosts Chippa, it’s been a gruelling start to the 2017/18 campaign, with Dan Malesela being shown the door after failing to impress management with the desired results.

Successor Teboho Moloi is yet to lose since taking over, but on the flip side, is yet to win either: the Chilli Boys have drawn all of their last five matches in a row.

Success seems a distant memory for the squad, with their last win being the 2-0 victory over Absa Premiership newcomers AmaZulu in August – their only win of the season.

Currently sitting in 10th place, Chippa are just three points above 14th and 15th-placed Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits, who both have a game in hand, meaning a loss could suck the Port Elizabeth club into the relegation zone already, with less than a third of the season played.

Not that Chippa fans want to hear this, but next up is a Telkom Knockout date with Mamelodi Sundwns, followed by a league fixture against the reigning Absa Premiership champions, adding further pressure to Sunday’s almost ‘must-win’ clash.

For City, it’s more a case of keeping things together and preventing their MTN8 disappointment from affecting their good momentum.

Having ridden the crest of the wave at the start of the season, reality has hit the Cape club hard over their past two encounters: having failed to capitalise on ten-men SuperSport United in extra-time, as they were defeated via penalties in last weekend’s MTN8 final, a crushing blow after coming so close.

It was always going to be difficult to pick themselves up for a league encounter against Bloemfontein Celtic three days later, yet despite McCarthy making eight changes to his starting line-up, the Citizens were lethargic and failed to impress, as Siwelele emerged 1-0 victors at Athlone Stadium.

Having already faced off against ‘big boys’ Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates – losing both – City know they need to grind out results against the smaller sides if they are to maintain their league title aspirations, with Chippa a case in point.

History favours the visitors too. The last league encounter between the two sides in April ended in a resounding 4-1 win for City, as Bongolethu Jayiya stole the headlines with his ten-minute hat-trick. The reverse leg, played at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, also delivered City a three-pointer in a 2-1 win, with Lebogang Manyama and Judas Moseamedi on target on that occasion.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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