Maritzburg United take on TS Galaxy in a DSTV Premiership match at the Harry Goala Stadium on Friday. Maritzburg United vs TS Galaxy South African Premiership. The favorites will be hoping to resume their campaign with a much-needed win after a 2-0 defeat at home to Lamontville Golden Arrows on October 28.
The KwaZulu-Natal side sit 16th in the league standings and a win against the Galaxy would see Maritzburg climb out of the relegation zone if other results go their way.
Maritzburg United vs TS Galaxy South African Premiership
The team of choice has made changes to their technical team as John Maduka has been appointed as the new head coach replacing Fadlu Davids.
Davids, who guided Maritzburg to the 2018 Nedbank Cup final. Believes his previous stint at the club will help him succeed in his return.
“I’m really excited to be back here and to be here as a player. Assistant coach and head coach,” Davids said.
“I understand the club very well and it will make it easier for my technical team. And the players to hit the ground running.”
Meanwhile, the Galaxy will be desperate for a win after a 1-1 draw with Sekhukhun United in their last league game on October 30.
The Rockets are 12th in the DStv Premiership standings. And will move into the top eight if they beat Maritzburg and other results go their way.
The Mpumalanga team visited Turkey where they played international club friendlies during the recent break enforced by the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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Galaxy captain Given Msimongo felt they would return to South Africa as a better team. Facing Turkey’s UC Sampdoria, Dynamo Dresden, Al Batin and Giresanspor.
“As a team we have to try to collect maximum points in every game. I think this mid-season camp will help us a lot,” said Mimango.
“The quality of the games we play here is higher, if not equal, to what we get at home. Considering that the opponents are playing in European competitions. And the standard of football is at a higher level.”
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wayde Jooste: The experienced right-back, who is one of the country’s best crosses of the ball. Was snapped up by the team of choice on a free transfer. Joost’s delicate and accurate crosses can unsettle the Galaxy defense.
Amadou Soukauna: The former France youth international is the team of choice’s joint top goalscorer in the DSTV Premiership. With two goals this season and will be a threat for the Rockets with his explosive runs and powerful shots.
Xola Mlambo: The experienced midfielder, who was on the score sheet against Sekhukhun. Will look to dominate the midfield battle when he faces Maritzburg and put his side in a good position to win the match.
Djakaridja Traore: The Ivorian striker scored his first goal for the Galaxy against Kaizer Chiefs just before the break. Traore will be confident of scoring against Maritzburg whose leaky defense has conceded 19 goals from 13 games this term.
Prediction Maritzburg United vs TS Galaxy South African Premiership
We Say Maritzburg United 2-1 TS Galaxy.
A 2-0 defeat at home to the Golden Arrows before the FIFA World Cup. Break left Maritzburg United firmly at the bottom of the table. The home side are now winless in their last six matches with just two wins in the 2022/23 Premier Division campaign. They now face a TS Galaxy side who come into it on the back of a 1-1 draw. With Sekukhune United in their most recent league outing. The visitors are winless in ten matches. These are two poor teams and under 2.5 goals seems very likely.