KwaZulu-Natal side Golden Arrows is determined to upset Mpumalanga Black Aces fans when they meet for their Absa Premiership clash at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday night.
The KZN side are coming to this match high on confidence after beating the fancied Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 in their last encounter despite playing with ten men.
This victory ensured that the Durban side has now won both of their two home matches so far this season and is currently placed seventh on the Absa Premiership log with seven points from four matches.
Arrows coach Serame Letsoaka said they need to be both mentally and physically prepared when they take on Aces.
“We need to make sure that we are both physically and mentally prepared coming to this match,” said Letsoaka.
“It will not be an easy match, but we are looking to continue from where we left off against Sundowns.
“We know Aces are unbeaten in the league and we will try to change that. We have worked hard in training and we are ready.”
Aces, on the other hand, continued their unbeaten record this season as they held Orlando Pirates to a 1-1 draw away on September 18.
The Mpumalanga side has picked up four points from their two away matches so far this season and is now placed fifth on the Absa Premiership log with eight points from four matches.
Coming to this match coach Muhsin Ertugral said they will have to be more disciplined in all aspects so that they can continue on their unbeaten string.
“Against Orlando Pirates we failed to be disciplined throughout and this is something that we need to work on when we play against Arrows,” said Ertugral.
“We should work on being more organised and taking the opportunities that comes our way.
“Arrows is a good team and cause us problems, but we have prepared for the match and are confident we will get a positive result.”
In head-to-head stats, Arrows and Aces have met in six league matches since 2009/10.
AmaZayoni have three wins compared to two for Abafana Bes’thende, while just one match has been drawn.
Arrows have won two of their three home matches against Aces, suffering one defeat in the process.
When the teams last met in the 2013/14 season, AmaZayoni claimed a league ‘double’ by winning 1-0 at home and 2-1 away.
The Mpumalanga club has put together a run of three straight league wins over Abafana Bes’thende.