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Bidvest Wits v SuperSport United

SuperSport United's title challenge is fading fast, and will need to put their hands up and remind their title rivals that they're still around when they take on Bidvest Wits on Tuesday.

Kick-off at the Bidvest Stadium in Milpark is scheduled for 7.30pm on Tuesday evening.

Stuart Baxter's men were flying high and confident a couple of weeks ago, but since the Englishman has been linked with the vacant Bafana position, results have taken a dive.

And, to make matters worse, they were thrashed 5-0 by Tshwane rivals Mamelodi Sundowns two weeks ago.

"We had a couple of results we felt we didn't play well," Baxter was quoted by KickOff.

"We start off with the Baroka result, that was a poor performance. We can try to philosophise -- is it the players destabilised by the rumours about me with SAFA? Has it been the long journey in CAF? Has it been injuries to certain players? 

"It doesn't matter. A poor performance is a poor performance. Defeat is defeat, it tastes just as bad all the time," Baxter added.

SuperSport's Nedbank Cup win over fellow title contenders on the weekend will have given Baxter's charges some confidence, but in Wits, they will take on a side that has their eye firmly on the Premiership title.

For Gavin Hunt's men, the title is theirs to lose.

The Clever Boys trail league leaders Cape Town City by a mere point, but they still have two games in hand.

Hunt and his charges will be well aware that games in hand don't automatically equate to points in the bag and will be out to prevent the mishap of dropping crucial points when the finish line is in sight.

And Hunt says the secret to his club's success is keeping it simple. "We are keeping things simple, just as we have done throughout the season," Hunt was quoted by the Mail and Guardian.

"Football is a simple sport. It is the media and the fans who make it complicated. If it needed rocket scientists to figure it out, I would not be here," said Hunt.

The last time they met in the league, Matsatsantsa walked away from the Mbombela Stadium with all three points in a 2-0 win in November last year.

A loss won't be entirely disastrous for Wits, but for SuperSport, it will all but spell the end of their title challenge.