It’s an interesting encounter as Amakhosi faces a team that ultimately kept them from winning the league title last season.
Kaizer Chiefs’ undefeated four-game Premier Soccer League streak is under scrutiny when they host Baroka FC at FNB Stadium on Tuesday.
Placed seventh in the standings, the Soweto giants have recovered after a difficult start to the season and are currently enjoying a four-game streak – three wins and a draw – without tasting defeat.
But this race faces a severe test from visitors to Limpopo who shocked them on the final day of last season’s title race by winning a 1-1 draw that paved the way for Mamellodi Sundowns to win. the league crown.
It was a frustrating result for the Chiefs who would like to put that behind them by going five undefeated games in a row.
This candidacy clashes with Baroka who is struggling for consistency and who sits three rungs under Amakhosi on the table.
|Game||Kaizer Chiefs v Baroka FC|
|Dated||Tuesday January 26|
|Time||17:00 SA time|
TV channel, live score and how to watch
|Online streaming||TV channel|
|DStv.com/DStv Now app||SuperSport PSL 202 chain|
Squads & Team News
Veteran midfielder Bernard Parker is sidelined for the Chiefs due to suspension and is serving his last game on the sidelines after receiving a red card against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila seven days ago.
Amakhosi continues his life without Khama Billiat who is still treating a broken leg and who is absent for two months.
Defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele is expected to return after failing a late fitness test for the trip to Stellenbosch last weekend.
Lebogang Lesako has also not traveled to Stellenbosch and his availability for selection is questionable.
Baroka coach Thoka Matsimela will have to do without midfielder Cheslyn Jampies, suspended after accumulating four yellow cards.
The 30-year-old is one of Baroka’s regulars, appearing in 11 of his 13 league games this season.
With the last meeting between these two teams ending in heartache for the Chiefs, it could be a grudge match for the Soweto giants.
On the last day of last season, it was a heartbreaking sight to watch the Chiefs’ downhearted players on the pitch at Bidvest Stadium after being 31 minutes away from the league title lift for the first time since 2015.
It was thanks to Baroka denying them league glory by getting a draw as Amakhosi needed three points.
This puts Tuesday’s clash in a curious position to see how the Chiefs deal with their heartbreakers at FNB stage.
It might be a totally different game, but the Chiefs may want to add to Baroka’s woes when the Limpopo side come to Gauteng amid a 2-0 home loss to AmaZulu.
The Limpopo team have won only once in their last seven games which also include five losses and a draw to settle in 10th on the table.
It was after they started the season on a high, winning their first two games and a draw in their third outing, but have since slumped into form.
Interestingly, earlier this month, their opponent Chiefs were just a point better off than then on the Black Leopards basement side, but are now in the top eight, 10 points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns. .