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Butcher Birds promises nothing but a win against Usuthu!

The Dube Birds are unbeaten in their last four matches and go into this clash in a buoyant mood following their dramatic 3-2 comeback win over defending champions Orlando Pirates.

Nonetheless, midfielder Bennet Chenene believes the job is far from done as they need to continue with their positive streak in order to improve their current log position.

“When you find yourselves two goals down against a strong team like Pirates it’s difficult to come back and draw the game, so the fact that we managed to win says a lot about our attitude and fighting spirit,” said Chenene.

“Those three points will help us a lot but that game is in the past and now it’s important to move forward and do even better in our next game because we want to get into the top eight.”

Zeca Marques’ men are currently placed in 11th on the Absa Premiership log with 22 points from 19 matches, but only five points ahead of Amazulu, who are sitting in 15th place with 17 points.

“I think it’s going to be a difficult game because we have also been struggling this season,” added Chenene.

“Even though we are in a better position than AmaZulu at the moment there’s not much between us and we have to be careful not to get carried away after beating Pirates.

“We have to win again because we are also not safe, especially since we’ll be playing at home.

“AmaZulu have not lost in their last three games so it shows that they are also fighting and those are the teams we have to beat as well to move away from danger.

“I think it’s going to be a good game because they have been playing good football but hopefully we’ll start the game well this time and not allow them to find their rhythm.”

AmaZulu are also enjoying a positive run since the resumption of the league having won one and drawn two of their last three leagues matches.

Craig Rosslee’s side were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Supersport United in their midweek clash last week, but captain Tapuwa Kapini says it’s time to turn these draws into wins.

“The game against Supersport United was one of those games we could have won but in the end we had to settle for a point,” said Kapini.

“The positive thing is that we have not conceded goals so far in this second round so if we can keep it up it will increase our chances of winning our upcoming matches.”

Earlier this season AmaZulu defeated Swallows 2-1 in Durban, but the Usuthu captain says he is expecting a much tougher encounter this time around.

“It will be a different game,” said Kapini. “Swallows have also gone through their struggles this season but it’s clear that they are also trying to get their season back on track.

“They play good football so I’m expecting an open match but the team which wants it the most on the day will walk away with three points.

“Although we’ll be playing away from home, we have to go all out because all matches are equally important to us now.”

AmaZulu come into the match off the back of a goalless draw at home to SuperSport United. They are unbeaten in three league games in 2013.

The Durban side has recorded just one away win this season, but that victory came against Golden Arrows in their last league match on the road.

Usuthu are placed 15th on the Absa Premiership log with 17 points from 19 matches.

When the teams met earlier this season, Usuthu claimed a 2-1 home win thanks to goals from Ayanda Dlamini and Mshengu.

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