Since beating Bloemfontein Celtic, the Team of Choice have drawn five of their last six Absa Premiership matches, and are now determined to ensure a maximum point haul in Pietermaritzburg.
Their last outing came 10 days ago, a 0-0 draw away to league leaders Orlando Pirates in a game in which the Team of Choice did well to match the Soweto giants.
Even then, there was a feeling that Maritzburg could have nicked all three points against Bucs.
“It was mixed emotions (after the Pirates game),” assistant coach Maahier Davids said. “Going to the in-form team in the league and getting a point…keeping two clean sheets, and putting up a good performance. But we were still disappointed because we felt the three points were there to be picked up.
“But we must take the positives. And to really get value from the Pirates draw, we have to pick up three points in the next match.”
Leopards are currently bottom of the table, with Maritzburg 12th, although only one point separates the sides on a very congested PSL table. This will certainly add to the intensity of what could be a thrilling encounter on Wednesday.
The Limpopo team will also be to an extent an unknown quality, due to the fact that they have a new head coach in place, Dylan Kerr, who arrived a few weeks back from Kenyan giants Gor Mahia.
“The challenge is that they have a new coach,” said coach Maahier. “So how do you prepare for that? You have to go into some of his previous games, at his old club, and see what he likes to do, see if you can pick up some elements and prepare from there.
“Ultimately though for us it’s a home game, we want to pick up three points in front of our own fans.”
Maritzburg: D, D, D, L, D
Leopards: L, L, L, D, L
Head to Head:
Maritzburg beat Leopards 3-1 in a last 32 Nedbank Cup game the last time these sides met, in March 2016.
There’s otherwise been very little to separate the teams: In seven matches played since 2006, Maritzburg have won two, lost two (both away from home), and drawn three, scoring eight goals and conceding seven.