Wits look to claim Chiefs’ scalp

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Bidvest Wits will look to claim the scalp of heavyweights Kaizer Chiefs when the teams meet in an Absa Premiership clash at Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 9 January 2019, kick-off at 19h30 CAT.

Wits claimed a third straight win (and a fourth from their last five unbeaten matches in the South African top flight) when they defeated Free State Stars 2-1 away on January 5, with Elias Pelembe scoring a decisive second-half goal.

Matches in Bethlehem have often been tough going for coach Gavin Hunt, so he will have been delighted to leave the Goble Park Stadium with all three points in the bag.

The Clever Boys have taken 13 points from eight home matches this season, with their last result as hosts a 2-0 win over Chippa United just before the festive-season break last month.

Chiefs suffered their fifth league defeat of the season when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Mamelodi Sundowns on January 5. The Soweto side has lost four of their last seven outings in the Premiership, though this was their first reverse under the tenure of Ernst Middendorp.

The German (who is having his second spell in charge of the Soweto giants) replaced Giovanni Solinas last month and will be hoping to guide the club to a strong finish, even if a title challenge looks beyond them now.

The Amakhosi have claimed 10 points from eight away matches this season, with their last result on the road a 2-1 loss at Golden Arrows in early December.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Wits have met in 65 league matches since 1985. The Amakhosi have claimed 31 wins compared to 13 for the Clever Boys, while 21 matches have been drawn. The University-based team has won three and lost 18 of their 33 home matches in the rivalry.

When the teams met earlier this season, Wits claimed a 3-1 win at FNB Stadium thanks to goals from Deon Hotto, Terrence Dzvukamanja and Gift Motupa. The Clever Boys are unbeaten in their last three league matches against the Amakhosi.

Wits v Chiefs – Head-to-head, league since 1985

Matches played 65

Wits wins 13

Chiefs wins 31

Draws 21

Last five results (League only, most recent first)