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Bidvest Wits v Chippa United

Bidvest Wits will feel confident of continuing their fine season when they take on struggling Chippa United in Saturday's Nedbank Cup quarterfinal at BidVest Stadium.

After initially making a solid start under coach Clinton Larsen, Chippa have struggled in recent matches collecting just two points from a possible 12 in the Premiership.

As such, this weekend's clash could be a valuable exercise for the outfit from Durban in terms of building up confidence ahead of what could be a harrowing battle against relegation.

The Chilli Boys are in 14th position but have enjoyed better form in the cup having beaten giants Mamelodi Sundowns as well as National First Division side Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in the earlier rounds.

Nonetheless, Larsen is optimistic his men can do the business against the Clever Boys. He told The Herald: "Thabo Rakhale in particular he has been a breathe of fresh air. He is forever present in the team, he has been a constant performer.

"Mark Mayambela is starting to find his form now. In the last two games he has been very good for us. There is also Lerato Manzini who has scored three goals in three matches.

"We have some offensive players in Kurt Lentjies who is coming back after missing three matches. We are getting back to full strength again which is good news for us. Rhulani Manzini is firing again. William Twala, he is looking very good at training just to name a few players."

Meanwhile, Wits coach Gavin Hunt is aiming to complete the double in 2018/19 by claiming both the Nedbank and the Premiership trophies.

The Students are in second position in the standings on 41 points with a two point deficit behind Sundowns.

He said: "If we want to win the double we are going to have to play like hell because we were in such a good position and let it go, but what's gone is gone.

"Now we have got the cup so let's see. I definitely want to have a go at it and see how far we can go. Over the years we have done well in cup competitions so we'll see."

In team news, Frederic Nsabiyumva, Tercious Malepe and Donashano Malam all returned injury free from international duty while Kurt Lentjies returns after three matches out. For Wits, Thulani Hlatshwayo is out with suspension.

Saturday's action is set to get underway from 20:15 in Johannesburg.