Kaizer Chiefs’ trip to Harry Gwala this weekend to face Maritzburg United will come at the back of a disappointing recent run against the KwaZulu-Natala club.
Chiefs head off to Maritzburg having won their last match before the FIFA calendar week which was against Orlando Pirates but faced with the reality of having battled against the team now led by their former coach Ernst Middendorp.
From the last six meetings between the two clubs, Chiefs have won just one, which was an MTN8 tie under Gavin Hunt last year.
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AmaKhosi have lost three – all of them at home – with the other two ending as stalemates.
Based on these results from the last six games it means the risk of betting on Chiefs to win is higher even though they are buoyed by their Soweto derby victory in the last match.
None of the games from the last six has failed to produce a minimum of two goals and Daniel Cardoso is aware of the challenging facing them.
"Maritzburg have always been a tricky game and we are playing them at Harry Gwala. It is unfortunate that we don’t have a crowd behind us especially in a small stadium with fans on top of the pitch so it is not the best feeling and hopefully the fans will be back very soon, and it will be a positive for us. It is always tricky going up against Ernst as he is very good tactically," says Cardoso.
Chiefs will travel having welcomed back their national team players amongst them Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly who is expected to lead the attack again.
"Preparations have been good during the FIFA break because it has given us some time to tighten up some screws that are loose. Ten days of training. It is just unfortunate that not all out players have been there because of national team duty but they have joined us in the last few days to sort everything out.
"Coming off a win going into the break isn’t because you are carrying your momentum, but we shouldn’t let that get to us. I think we can take this FIFA break as a positive especially after a big derby win," he adds.