The Kaizer Chiefs are going into their clash with Amazulu under all kinds of pressure, but does that mean Stuart Baxter will stick with the starting XI.
Here we take a look at how the Kaizer Chiefs could line up against Amazulu on Saturday.
Kaizer Chiefs starting XI prediction
After keeping a clean sheet last time around, one would expect Daniel Akepyi to keep his place in the goal by stopping the merry-go-round between the sticks.
Sifiso Hlanti’s expulsion will open the door for Sibusiso Mabaliso to only make his second start for Kaizer Chiefs in the DStv Premiership. Baxter may also consider the services of Happy Mashiane.
Love them or hate them, Daniel Cardoso and Erick Mathoho will not be moved from their place at the heart of the Kaizer Chiefs defense.
Reeve Frosler made a decent change in his first start of the season against Marumo Gallants and will more than likely continue in the role.
The Kaizer Chiefs have no choice but to stick with central midfielder duo Njabulo Blom and Cole Alexander, although the latter was intimidated by Gallants Miguel Timm on their last outing.
Bernard Parker took on Lebogang Manyama’s role as a false nine the last time around and offered more than the man he replaced. Expect Baxter to return to Parker in an attempt to fix the issues in the final third.
On the wings, Keagan Dolly and Khama Billiat should retain their place in the team.
The Kaizer Chiefs’ failure to sign an outgoing striker left them with a huge problem in their quest to replace injured striker Samir Nurkovic in the starting XI.
Nkosingiphile Ngcobo showed a lot of intensity and effort without making much of an impact last time around, but with only Lazarous Kambole in reserve, Ngcobo is likely to start ahead. The Kaizer Chiefs do not have a target man to deploy, which could see Baxter try a left-field option, but the risk of playing a center-back at nine is likely to outweigh the rewards of a paid experience. .
Starting XI Prediction
Kaizer Chiefs starting Prediction XI: Daniel Akpeyi, Sibusiso Mabaliso, Erick Mathoho, Daniel Cardoso, Reeve Frosler, Cole Alexander, Njabulo Blom, Bernard Parker, Khama Billiat, Keagan Dolly, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo.
Starting XI confirmed
To be determined