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During the past few weeks, in Kaizer Chiefs' last four matches, Amakhosi have beaten Maritzburg United 2-0, drawn with Bloemfontein Celtic 0-0, won 2-1 against Platinum Stars and recorded a 1-1 draw with Orlando Pirates. 

The draw with Pirates saw Chiefs crash out of the MTN8 on aggregate, as Bucs progressed to the final with a 2-1 aggregate scoreline.

Read: Bucs Beat Chiefs To The Final

Chiefs' coach, Stuart Baxter, has tinkered with his starting line-up in these last four matches and it's led to debate among certain sections of the club's supporters about whether he's getting his changes right or not.

Against Maritzburg, Baxter fielded almost a three-pronged attack featuring Knowledge Musona, Kingston Nkhatha and Bernard Parker.

It was a combination that appeared to work well as Chiefs created plenty of chances and ran out easy winners.

Read: What Is Chiefs' Best Attack?

He employed more of a 4-4-2 system in the 0-0 draw with Celtic as George Lebese came in on the left side of midfield. However, the Glamour Boys were stifled and the front two of Nkhatha and Musona didn't threaten a whole lot on the night. 

In the entertaining 2-1 victory over Platinum Stars, Lehlohonolo Majoro was handed a start, alongside Bernard Parker, again in what seemed more of a 4-4-2 formation.

Majoro was lively but didn't get many chances to convert and it was left to Musona as a second half substitute to win the game for Chiefs.

Read: Should Majoro Start?

Interestingly, Baxter rested both his fullbacks in the encounter and it appeared to pay off, as Josta Dladla gave a Man of the Match display at right back.

Siyabonga Nkosi also gave a good account of himself in the game as an attacking midfielder by creating Parker's 19th minute opener with a lovely bit of skill.

In the 1-1 draw with Bucs, Baxter seemed to field a more narrow 4-3-1-2 system. Parker and Musona led the line with Nkosi appearing to add support as number 10.

The previously rested Tsepo Masilela and Siboniso Gaxa came back into the starting line-up for Dladla and Keegan Ritchie, although there had been some speculation before the game that Dladla could start against Bucs, given his excellent performance at right back against Stars.

Read: Should Dladla Get Another Chance?

Against Bucs, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Willard Katsande gave Chiefs a base in the centre of the park, while the free roaming Siphiwe Tshabalala also operated more centrally. 

Chiefs largely dominated in the first half and took a deserved lead through Parker, before a strong second half performance, largely inspired by subsitute Sifiso Myeni, helped Bucs get back into the game. 

Overall then, Chiefs have won two of their last four matches played and drawn the other two. They've scored five goals in the four contests with Musona and Parker both getting two, while Lebese contributed one strike.

Why don't you have your say and assess how you think Baxter's tinkering of his starting line-up is affecting Chiefs?

By David Minchella

Follow David on Twitter: @DavidLaduma  

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