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Predicting Kaizer Chiefs' XI to face Golden Arrows in first PSL match after back-to-back Soweto Derby clashes

19:03 GMT+3 30/12/2022
Kaizer Chiefs, October 2022
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Kaizer Chiefs begin life after Njabulo Blom by visiting Golden Arrows for Saturday's Premier Soccer League match slated for Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Coach Arthur Zwane will have to find an apt replacement for utility player Blom who was at home as a right-back or defensive midfielder before recently leaving the club for Major League Soccer.

After going for the 2022 Fifa World Cup break on the backdrop of successive Soweto Derby clashes against Orlando Pirates in the league and Carling Black Label Cup, Saturday's assignment will be a resumption of Amakhosi's bid to reclaim the PSL title they last clinched in 2015.

Chiefs are placed fourth on the log and they are back to pile pressure on leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

GOAL predicts how Zwane could pick the starting XI he thinks is strong to collect three points on the road.

  • Itumeleng Khune Kaizer Chiefs.

    GOALKEEPER - Itumeleng Khune

    The experienced shot-stopper had reclaimed the number one jersey until he got injured in October.

    He is now expected back to guard goal and improve on an uninspiring record of one clean sheet in seven games across all competitions.

  • Reeve Frosler, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2022

    RIGHT-BACK - Reeve Frosler

    Frosler has been playing in his natural position on the right side of defence this season, having been converted to the left-back role in recent campaigns.

    In his rightful position, he thrives but faces stiff competition from Dillon Solomons.

  • Sifiso Hlanti, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2022

    LEFT-BACK - Sifiso Hlanti

    Hlanti has been using his experience to keep himself in the team and has consistently performed in the eight league starts he has so far this season.

  • Zitha Kwinika of Kaizer Chiefs.

    CENTRE-BACK - Zitha Kwinika

    The 28-year-old has established himself as a regular in Zwane's side, starting 11 of his 12 PSL appearances.

    Chiefs, however, are yet to improve at the back and Kwikika would be hoping they return a much-improved unit.

  • Edmilson Dove, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2022

    CENTRE-BACK - Edmilson Dove

    The Mozambique international has been moved from left-back to the heart of defence ever since he arrived at Naturena.

    Zwane has been trying to build a steely combination between Dove and Kwinika and the two managed to help the team to two clean sheets in Chiefs' last two competitive games against AmaZulu and Pirates.

  • George Matlou, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - George Matlou

    The departure of Blom presents Matlou to stake his claim in central midfield.

    However, Cole Alexander and Phathutshedzo Nange will also be trying to be considered.

  • Yusuf Maart, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Yusuf Maart

    The last time Chiefs were involved in an official match, Maart was the star of the show with an outrageous goal that sank Pirates.

    He would be hoping for another influential outing in Durban.

  • Keagan Dolly of Kaizer Chiefs.

    RIGHT MIDFIELDER - Keagan Dolly

    After a spell of being started from the bench and losing his Bafana Bafana spot, Dolly picked himself up towards the World Cup break with some crucial goals.

    The kind of form he had just before the recess is what Zwane would want to see from his star attacker.

  • Kgaogelo Sekgota, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2022

    LEFT-MIDFIELDER - Kgaogelo Sekgota

    Statistics do not favour Sekgota that much but Zwane has so much trust in the winger.

    The Chiefs coach would be hoping he managed to correct all of Sekgota's flaws and will start witnessing more goals and assists.

  • Khama Billiat Kaizer Chiefs.

    CENTRE-FORWARD- Khama Billiat

    Khama Billiat's work in attack hasn't been fruitful despite creating a couple of chances that are wasted.

    The Zimbabwean has also not done himself a favour by failing to score and that has invited so much criticism around him.

  • Ashley du Preez, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2022

    CENTRE-FORWARD - Ashley du Preez

    Another attacker who has been struggling for goals but has been handed regular game time with 10 league starts.

    Du Preez would be hoping to repay Zwane's faith by adding to his two league goals and grabbing more going forward.