Coach Stuart Baxter has been ringing in the changes within his starting XI for recent games, as he juggles two major competitions, namely the Absa Premiership and the CAF Champions league. However, with the Soweto Derby looming, should Baxter revert back to his usual starting XI?
It’s an occasion which will require big name players. Names like Bernard Parker, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Itumeleng Khune and Reneilwe Letsholonyane have been synonymous with the Soweto Derby in the last couple of seasons, as they have proven to be Chiefs' best core of players for years now.
We know that in the CAF Champions League, we have been doing well despite many first team regulars being rotated out of the squad for the competition. However, the chance of those fringe players being selected for the Soweto Derby, albeit finding form, is slim.
The only real dilemma Baxter would face is his goalkeeper and striker selection. Torn between having to choose from an in-form Brilliant Khuzwayo and the experience of Itumeleng Khune will never be an easy task for our coach.
As for the strikers, Siphelele Mthembu and Katlego Mphela are back to scoring ways, with David Zulu still looking to make his mark in an Amakhosi kit. In fact, the Soweto Derby is the perfect platform for all our strikers to prove their worth and it may be coming at the opportune time.
Having said that, should Baxter opt for experience over form in the Soweto Derby?