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Clever Boys, Leopards chasing top form

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Bidvest Wits will face a tough examination when they return to Absa Premiership action with a match away to Black Leopards at the Thohoyandou Stadium tomorrow

Bidvest Wits will face a tough examination when they return to Absa Premiership action with a match away to Black Leopards at the Thohoyandou Stadium tomorrow (kick-off at 8.15pm).

Leopards have suffered successive defeats in the league, with the Limpopo club beaten 3-1 at Cape Town City in their last outing. They have since changed coaches with Dylan Kerr replacing Joel Masutha.

Lidoda Duvha have claimed seven points from five home matches this season, with their last result as hosts a 1-1 draw with Free State Stars in late October.

Wits suffered their third defeat of the season when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Bloemfontein Celtic on November 10.

The Johannesburg side have taken just eight points from the last 18 up for grabs.

The Clever Boys are unbeaten away from home this season, taking 11 points from five matches. Their last result on the road was a 1-1 draw at Mamelodi Sundowns in early October.

In head-to-heads, Leopards and Wits have met in 16 league matches since 2000/1. The Clever Boys have claimed eight wins compared to four for Lidoda Duvha, while four games have been drawn.

The Limpopo side has claimed three wins from eight home matches in the rivalry, suffering three defeats in the process.

The teams last met in the top flight league in the 2012/13 season, drawing 2-2 in Johannesburg in the first half of the campaign, before the return game saw Wits claim a 2-0 win in Limpopo.

Leopards coach Kerr said: “I am excited and scared at the same time.”

Black Leopards’ key players include Mwape Musonda. The Zambian striker was on target in Leopards’ last game, the loss to City, and he will hope this kick-starts a scoring run which helps to lift his beloved Lidoda Duvha away from the lower reaches of the table.