Wits get no time to take a breath
CATCH-UP: MEET MARITZBURG SHORTLY AFTER CUP DRAMA
There are no thunderstorms forecast for Johannesburg this evening, which will no doubt come as a relief to Bidvest Wits, who are playing an absurd game of Absa Premiership catch-up that never seems to quite get going.
The Clever Boys could be right in the title race, or right out of it, once they have managed to play their four games in hand on Kaizer Chiefs, who they currently trail by 15 points at the top of the table.
One of those games was supposed to be played last week against Black Leopards, but an Act of God, if you believe in such, caused too much lightning around Bidvest Stadium for a match to take place.
This evening Wits will play Maritzburg United at Bidvest Stadium, and with the outlook in the sky far clearer, they will hope to carry on the momentum from their incredible Nedbank Cup win over Orlando Pirates on Sunday.
Both Maritzburg and Wits went all the way to penalties in their respective cup encounters (Maritzburg beat Stellenbosch in the Cape), though the Team of Choice played on Friday, giving them a couple of extra days rest to prepare.
Eric Tinkler’s side have recovered well after a shaky start to the season, losing just three of their last 20 matches in all competitions. They have also already got one over Wits this season, knocking them out on penalties in the first round of the Telkom Knockout, after a 1-1 draw at the end of extra time in Maritzburg.
Wits, however, have won their last five Premiership games against Maritzburg at home, and that even with a pretty dismal home record overall in the last couple of seasons.
The Team of Choice, indeed, haven’t beaten Wits in the league, home or away, since 2014.
Wits coach Gavin Hunt will have to decide whether to shuffle his pack a bit after Sunday’s exploits, with Cole Alexander and Gift Motupa perhaps in with a chance of starting after coming off the bench at Orlando Stadium.
Elias Pelembe, however, is suspended after the red card he received against Pirates.
NEXT STOP. Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler is looking for a solid performance from his troops when they take on Bidvest Wits in the Absa Premiership tonight.