Cape Town City will hope to invade Braamfontein and come back with a win when they visit Bidvest Wits in a Nedbank Cup, last 32 match on Wednesday night at Bidvest Stadium.
The Citizens are still licking their wounds after their 1-0 loss against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership last Friday.
However, a cup match is a different ball game for the Premier Soccer League giants and they will be motivated to meet another side from the top tier.
Coach Benni McCarthy is set to return to the touchline after serving a suspension, but they will miss defender and skipper Robyn Johannes who was red carded against Sundowns.
The two sides met in the MTN8 Cup at the beginning of the season and McCarthy’s men claimed two wins over Gavin Hunt’s team in a two-legged semifinal affair.
Besides their Wafa Wafa clashes, the reigning league champions also lost their league encounter at home to the Mother City side.
Looking at the Clever Boys, Wits are slowly picking up their momentum in 2018 and are yet to lose in all their league matches.
They beat Bloemfontein Celtic, SuperSport United, and drew against Chippa United and Kaizer Chiefs last weekend to ease their relegation concerns.
On the other hand, they also claimed the Telkom Knockout Cup before the Christmas break and will now target another trophy.
With this encounter set to be played in front of their home crowds, Wits will be motivated to claim their first win over the former TKO Cup champions.
Previous starting XI:
Bidvest Wits: Keet, Hlanti, Khumalo, Mkhwanazi, Hlatswhayo, Claasen, Keene, Myeni, Gyimah, Majoro, Weidlich
Cape Town City: Stephens, Mkhize, Johannes, Fielies, Edmilson, Martin, Putsche, Modise, Lakay, Nodada, Masina
Bidvest Wits striker Lehlohonolo Majoro:
“I think it is a mental thing. People tend to psyche themselves up when they play their former team and it leads to making more mistakes.
“I don’t want to fall in that trap against City, I take it one game at a time. I believe we can exert ourselves the same way we did in our previous game, we might come up with a positive result.
“It felt good to score after such a long time. I have been trying to score and failing, but never lost hope. Every time I miss I tell myself to keep trying.
“This is the trophy we stand a chance to win at this point.
“City will not be easy to beat, but we will give all we can to do so.”
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy:
“I want to go and win every game you know, so for me the Nedbank Cup, I am trying to go with the strongest possible team that I think can possibly do well and possibly go through, beating coach Gavin Hunt again.
“I am going to put a team out there that gives me that possibility and then come Caf (Confederation Cup), it is likewise. That’s why all the players are there and they need to fight for places. The fit ones who are capable of going out and winning games, those are the ones that I send out.
“So I don’t really care about what the club’s mandate is and how far they want to go in competitions. Me, I want to go and win every single thing that I can.”
Key players for Bidvest Wits:
‘Major’ has netted his first goal for his new club and will be banking on his form to ensure he scores past his former teammates. Although they may know his qualities, he will want to find a way and restore pride for the hosts.
The former Orlando Pirates midfielder is regaining his confidence as he enjoys game time under Hunt. His clever moves and ability to beat opponents on the ball will be vital as they hope to avenge their three losses to the visitors so far.
Key players for Cape Town City:
With Wits’s ability to effectively utilise their wingers during the game, Dove will be the man set to close down their attacks on the left wing. He will come up against the likes of Daine Klate or Elias Pelembe, but he will be key with his strength and pace.
The experienced midfielder will hope to spread all the dangerous passes in search of his teammates and unlock the hosts’ defence. His ambition is to help the club lift their first trophy after the MTN8 Cup failure.