Match Preview: Moroka Swallows vs. Bidvest Wits

Moroka Swallows will hope to claim three points and move up the Absa Premiership log standings when they welcome Bidvest Wits at on Tuesday night at Dobsonville Stadium.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

Although the Dube Birds have lost two matches since the resumption of the Absa premiership last week, coach Fani Madida will hope his men capitalise on the home ground advantage.

They lost 4-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns in their first 2015 league match and they failed to hold Polokwane City to a 1-1 draw as they succumbed to a late strike by Rendani Ndou to hand them their second consecutive loss.

The Soweto club are lying at position 14 on the table with 19 points from as many games while their opponents are placed at position three with 34 from from 19 matches.

Looking at the camp in Braamfontein, Gavin Hunt’s men are favourites to bag the three points as they’re fresh from two back to back wins against Maritzburg United and in their CAF Confederations Cup against Royal Leopards of Swaziland.

To the Birds committed defender, Larry Cohen, playing at home gives them the advantage but he acknowledged that it’s going to be a tough encounter.

“Obviously we’re looking for the points, it’s our home game, we played well against Polokwane, we just need to improve on our game and get results,” said Cohen.

“It’s not going to be an easy match indeed, welcoming the hard working Wits and they’re a motivated side obviously.

“However, we’re hungry for three points, we’ve worked on our errors as we conceded late against Polokwane, we’ve talked about it and we’re looking forward to the game.”

To the former Swallows hitman, Henrico Botes, he believes that the match will not be an easy task as the Birds will look to fly high at home.

“Yes, (CAF Confederations Cup) it’s a different competition from the league, our primary focus is to collect points and challenge for the league,” said Botes.

“The league at this stage is our focus, Swallows aren’t doing well and we’re playing at their own backyard – so it’s going interesting I must say.

“At this stage, playing three competitions is not easy (League, Nedbank Cup next weekend and the CAF), we’re ready and we’ve got a technical team that’s capable of rotating the players.

“We have enough ammunition to sustain us in all competitions across the board and we’re confident in getting the result in Dobsonville.”

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