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Maritzburg United v Black Leopards

Maritzburg United and Black Leopards will meet at Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday evening with both sides looking for their first victory of the season.

After a 1-0 opening-day defeat to Golden Arrows, Maritzburg have played to successive draws with Highlands Park (1-1) and Stellenbosch (0-0).

Meanwhile, Leopards suffered back-to-back 1-0 defeats to Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs in their opening two fixtures before drawing 1-1 with Highlands Park.

Last season, the sides drew 1-1 in Kwazulu-Natal before Maritzburg won the return fixture 2-1 in Limpopo.

The Team of Choice have made some astute signings in the transfer window, bringing in experienced midfielder Daylon Claasen, who enjoyed a fine outing in the 0-0 draw with Stellenbosch FC on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Lidoda Duvha's most high-profile signing was former Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United Thuso Phala and the Thohoyandou-based side will be hoping he can start contributing with assists and goals as soon as possible.

Team of Choice tactician Eric Tinkler believes his side need to be sharper in front of goal after seeing them squander a number of opportunities in the stalemate with Stellies.

“We were wasteful again, and that’s the disappointment for me,” said United coach Eric Tinkler as he looks ahead to this midweek battle. He added, “We’ve got to keep working, we’ve got to keep earning points. That’s the most important thing.”

Meanwhile, Leopards coach Lionel Soccoia was happy with the character shown by his side to bounce back from two successive defeats to claim a point against Highlands Park and says the clash with Maritzburg is very important for his team.

“I’m not happy, but also not unhappy,” said Leopards coach Lionel Soccoia as he turns his attention to the clash against Maritzburg. “I’m happy for the reaction of the team [to two losses at the start of the season].” He added, “It’s a big game against Maritzburg, very important for us.”