It has been three seasons since Kaizer Chiefs lifted any silverware and Amakhosi will be desperate to change that as they lock horns with SuperSport United in an eagerly anticipated Telkom Knockout clash.
With the likes of Bidvest Wits, rivals Orlando Pirates and Baroka having confirmed their place in the last four, Giovanni Solinas has a golden opportunity to finally get the proverbial monkey off his back, but only if they can first overcome a side that has proven to be a bogey team over recent years.
Chiefs have struggled against SuperSport with their last win coming in 2016. The most recent meeting between the two sides came in the MTN8 where SuperSport once again continued their dominance over the Soweto giants.
Nonetheless, after suffering defeat in the Soweto Derby last week, Chiefs know that only victory will be able to satisfy their fans.
Meanwhile, for Matsatsantsa following the heartbreak of losing in the final of the MTN8, they will be on the lookout for redemption, and an opportunity to get their hands on a trophy that they last won in the 2015/2016 season will go along way to mending broken hearts.
|Game||Kaizer Chiefs v SuperSport United|
|Date||Sunday, November 04|
|Time||15:00 pm SA Time|
TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch
In South Africa, the game will be shown live on SuperSport 4 and SABC 1. You can also catch live updates on Goal.com .
|Live Match Centre||TV Channel|
|Goal.com||SS4 and SABC 1|
Squads & Team News
Although, the form book does generally go out the door when it comes to the Cup, both sides go into the game not in the best of form. Chiefs have won just two of their last five games as injuries have certainly played a role in their drop in form.
However, with the likes of Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro having recently returned to action, Solinas’ headaches may have lessened.
The Italian-born mentor will certainly be grateful to have Billiat back. The Zimbabwe international is the club’s top scorer having scored four goals in the league, but he is yet to open his account in the tournament.
With Lebogang Manyama still out with injury, the responsibility will fall on Billiat and company to get results.
On the side of SuperSport though, Kaitano Tembo has had even greater problems when it comes to injuries.
SuperSport will be without the star of the show the last time these two juggernauts clashed, Bradley Grobler.
Grobler recently underwent the knife and joins the likes of Dean Furman, Evans Rusike, Fagrie Lakay and Thabo Mnyamane on the sides lines. This could mean that James Keene may have important role to play. The Englishman has scored two goals in the league thus far and will hope to carry that same form into the Cup.
But the absence of Rusike will undoubtedly be felt as he is the club’s top striker and his pace and aerial ability from set-pieces will leave a void.
The stage is set for an absolute thriller at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, but a closely fought battle should be expected.
This will be the 37th meeting between the two sides in all competitions and it doesn’t get any tighter as Chiefs have won 13, while SuperSport boast just one more win with 14.
There have also been nine draws between the two sides, which could mean that the clash could go all the way.
But both SuperSport and Chiefs previously needed penalties to overcome their opponents in the last round, which could see this experience called upon.