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Absa Premiership

Teams: Black Leopards v Kaizer Chiefs

Date: 18 January 2020

Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium

Kaizer Chiefs will be eager to extend their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership table when they visit Black Leopards at Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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Chiefs have rediscovered their form after bouncing back from a slight slip-up with back-to-back 3-0 victories over Highlands Park and Cape Town City.

Ernst Middendorp’s troops opened a nine-point gap at the top of the log in the process, and they could stretch their lead over Mamelodi Sudowns to 12 points with a win this afternoon.

Chiefs will be without midfielder George Maluleka due to suspension after he picked up his fourth booking against the Citizens last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Lidoda Duvha are already involved in the relegation dog-fight after suffering four consecutive losses, three of those under new coach Cavin Johnson.

The latest defeat was a 4-2 hammering by Bloemfontein Celtic last Sunday, as they slipped down to second-from-bottom, level on points with bottom side Polokwane City.

Amakhosi are unbeaten against Leopards in their last four meetings in all competitions, which included a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture in August last year thanks to a goal by Eric Mathoho at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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Here's how they line up:

Leopards: 1. Mendes, 6. Mudau, 13. Zulu, 29. Masia, 2. Gyimah, 5. Abubakar, 15. Bereng, 8. Matlaba, 20. Ngele, 27. Ng'ambi, 11. Musonda.

Subs: 32. Muleka, 19. Mncwango, 3. Ndou, 25. Mokoena, 9. Andrianarimanana, 12. Kapinga, 30. Mhlongo.

Chiefs: 40. Akpeyi, 36. Ntiya-Ntiya, 3. Mathoho, 4. Cardoso, 18. Moleko, 20. Sasman, 31. Katsande, 25. Parker, 21. Manyama, 8. Castro, 9. Nurkovic.

Subs: 32. Khune, 2. Mphahlele, 30. Ngezana, 6. Baccus, 19. Mashiane, 28. Zuma, 7. Kambole.

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