Ajax Cape Town will be looking to bounce back from two straight defeats in the Absa Premiership when they host AmaZulu at Cape Town Stadium on tonght, kick-off at 19h30.
Ajax have dropped down to seventh place on the log after losing 3-0 at home to Mamelodi Sundowns and 1-0 away to Free State Stars in recent days.
The back-to-back defeats brought to an end the Urban Warriors’ best string of results this season: their previous six matches saw them go unbeaten and pick up 16 points from a possible 18. A return to that kind of form will be at the forefront of coach Maarten Stekelenburg’s mind, but he and his team must be sure that they do not underestimate their opponents.
AmaZulu have hit onto a good run of form in both league and cup. They are unbeaten in their last three Absa Premiership matches and advanced to the quarterfinals of the cup this past weekend with a 1-0 home win over Witbank Spurs. Tamsanqa Sangweni scored arguably the goal of the season in that match, and will be a danger man for Ajax to look out for.
Usuthu are placed ninth on the log standings and could close to within a point of Ajax if they win on Wednesday night, though the good news for Ajax is that they have never lost a home league match to their Durban counter parts in eight matches since 1999/2000.
The overall league record between the teams is in favour of Ajax as well (10 wins from 17 matches) and they will be looking for revenge for the 4-0 hammering they received at the hands of Usuthu earlier this season.
A win for Ajax is unlikely to see them move higher up the log on Wednesday, but with a game in hand still to come (the postponed match against Kaizer Chiefs) it could potentially be the first step toward securing a finish in the higher reaches of the league table.