Bidvest Wits looking to close gap and catch up with Kaizer Chiefs

FILE IMAGE: Mwape Musonda of Black Leopards challenged by Teenage Hadebe of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Black Leopards at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 07 November 2018.
FILE IMAGE: Mwape Musonda of Black Leopards challenged by Teenage Hadebe of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Black Leopards at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 07 November 2018.
Image: ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

With four games behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs in the Absa Premiership, Bidvest Wits will have another opportunity to try and cut the gap when they host Black Leopards at Bidvest Stadium tonight (7.30pm).

With those games in hand, and 15 points behind Chiefs, Wits cannot afford to drop more points if they are to pose a serious challenge to the Soweto giants.

While games in hand are not points guaranteed as this was proved when The Students lost 2-0 to Cape Town City in their last league match on January 18, Gavin Hunt's side will be desperate for victory tonight.

And with their disappointing CAF Confederation Cup now out of the way, the Clever Boys will put all their focus in the league matches as they look to put pressure on Amakhosi.

But they are coming against a Leopards side beaming with some confidence following their 2-1 victory over Stellenbosch in their previous match, where Mwape Musonda showed glimpses of his old form.

The only worry though for Leopards caretaker coach Alan Clark is their record on the road this season.

Leopards have played nine matches away and won only one, while drawing two and losing six, collecting a mere five points out of a possible 27.

Clark hopes their win in their last match will help them change their fortunes away.

"We have not been good on the road; I think we only picked five points and we have to change that," Clark said yesterday.

"We have to make sure in the remaining fixtures, we pick up points in every game and this game is another chance for us to do that and move away from the relegation zone."

A win for Wits will still see them remain fifth on the log standings, but will move to 33 points, one behind fourth-placed SuperSport United and 12 adrift of Chiefs.

A Leopards victory will see them jump from 14th place to 12 with 23 points and have some breathing space away from the relegation zone.

"We had to turn the corner and I'm glad we were able to do it on Sunday," Clark concluded.

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