Kaizer Chiefs take on Black Aces in a league contest this evening at FNB Stadium, and the match seems certain to be a very interesting affair.
The Glamour Boys recent defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns has opened up the PSL title race, meaning that tonight's clash could be significant in terms of the destination of the Absa Premiership crown.
To add spice to the affair, Aces coach, Clive Barker, has come out in recent times and said his team were playing better quality football than the Amakhosi.
Our exclusive Soccer Laduma stats seem to bear out the claims made by the former Bafana Bafana mentor. Aces complete on average 352 passes per game, whereas Chiefs make just 315 in the same category.
AmaZayoni also get into the final third with more efficiency than the Soweto giants - they average 72 breaches of the last third per game, compared to Chiefs' total of 67 per match.
With that being said, Chiefs have been the dominant force for much of the season, and Aces will undoubtedly not want to underestimate their opponents.
This is something Barker admitted to the Siya crew. He said, "We know what we're up against - we're up against the whole world. It's because Chiefs will want the win to take them to the top again. I think they'll be hurting about the loss to Mamelodi Sundowns. So, for the first 30 minutes it's going to be like the Alamo (famous siege and gunfight in American history).They'll try to break us down and we'll try to catch them on the counter. For the purists it's going to be a great game to watch."
The 69-year-old also has praise for some of his players, "Look, for us, we've had players who I thought would come to the party. But I didn't expect it of this magnitude. I'm talking about Abia Nale - I mean we've been praising Themba Zwane for some time now and he got into Bafana Bafana now. But how Nale didn't is surprising. Gosh, in the last eight games he's been playing out his skin consistently. We're looking forward to him being a big factor."
Barker concluded, "I don't think the league title race is over yet. But a good result tonight against Chiefs will make for an exciting league. Let's hope we can make it exciting for everybody."
Meanwhile, Mpumalanga Black Aces' U13 team took centre stage at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium before the Blues' match against Fulham.
Tonight's action gets underway from 19h30 in Johannesburg.