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Maritzburg United v Black Leopards

Maritzburg United will be looking for maximum points when they host basement side Black Leopards in a Premiership clash on Wednesday.

The Team of Choice have drawn five of their last six encounters in the league and will be going all out on Wednesday to ensure they take three points instead of one at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

Fadlu Davids' side sit 12th in the table having only won one of their 11 games to date.

Leopards are currently rock-bottom, although only one point separates the two teams on a very congested PSL table.

Lidoda Duvha will be hoping to start their journey up the standings especially since they have a new coach at the helm with Dylan Kerr having joined from Kenyan giants Gor Mahia.

Maritzburg assistant coach Maahier Davids thinks the game could tricky, saying: "The challenge is that they have a new coach.

"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."

Kerr, a former professional footballer in England with Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, admits it won't be easy to take over a team that is fighting relegation, but is confident his players can help the team out of their current position.

The Black Leopards coach has set a benchmark to collect at least four points from the next two league games.

Kerr told Limsportzone: "Obviously it's a big concern because nobody likes being bottom of the league. You look at the top six teams above us, there is only three points separating us so these next two games are very important for us.

"It means we have a good Christmas or we have to rearrange our training schedule.

"I said to the players if you want to go and spend time with your family on Christmas day then get me a minimum of four points. One away from home will be good, three will be better but definitely when we play AmaZulu at home we must win."