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By unknown | Jan 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Bay United's battle to escape the guillotine at the end of the Absa Premiership season is sure to produce combustible displays.

They host high-flying Moroka Swallows at EPRU Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Sunday in what is bound to be a fiery encounter.

United are third from the bottom on the log and the match is shaping up as a case of David versus Goliath.

Wash'Umlilo, as United are known, are fighting for survival while the Birds want to ruffle some feathers in the top five.

Victory for the Birds, who are in ninth place on 22 points, could catapult them up the log. They are only three points behind Orlando Pirates in fourth place.

United managed to ease some of the pressure by defeating Lamontville Golden Arrows 2-1 in their last game before the festive season break. That victory, under new coach Khabonina Zondo, who took over just before Christmas, gave them renewed courage which they have carried into the second half of the season.

They had too much fight for Bidvest Wits, who succumbed 2-1. That was United's fourth win. They have 15 points.

Swallows are also on a high after their 2-1 win over Maritzburg United last Sunday.

Swallows' 22 points came from six wins and four drawn games and they have the same number of points as Mamelodi Sundown who are in eighth place on goal difference but have played one game more. Defeat for United could dent their survival prospects but the damage could be limited by the outcome of Maritzburg United's home match with Ajax Cape Town at Woodburn Stadium tomorrow.

Maritzburg are breathing heavily down United's necks with 13 points.

Ajax lead the pack with 30 points.

Swallows coach Julio Leal must take enough fire extinguishers with him to douse the threatening blaze.


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