Cape Town City v Chippa United

Cape Town City and Chippa United should both be at full strength for their league encounter at Athlone Stadium on Monday night.

The games, set for a 19H30 kick off, was carried over from last week’s round of fixtures due to the unavailability of a venue.

The Citizens go into the match on a six-game unbeaten run in the league, knowing that victory would take them top of the standings.

However, the Cape side have had a hiccup or two lately, in their Nedbank Cup defeat to minnows Acornbush United, as well as a lackluster 0-0 draw against struggling Bloemfontein Celtic.

The manner in which his side played against Celtic left head coach Eric Tinkler a concerned man. 

“It looks like the confidence has gone to a degree. First half we looked lethargic, we panicked, we really struggled to link up play,” Tinkler said after the match in Bloemfontein.

“Most importantly we have to start to get the confidence back into the team. We look very nervous when we play and I’m not too sure why that is.”

Chippa United coach Dan Malesela has on several occasions over the last few months critisised his team’s performances, and they approach Monday’s showdown without victory in their last six league matches and just three points above the relegation zone.

Rhulani Manzini and Andile Mbenyane should be back for Chippa after recent minor injuries, while Katlego Mashego is still making his way back from a long-term injury.

The home side could potentially hand a debut to 18-year-old Malawian attacking midfielder Isaac Kaliati, who was signed last week.

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