PSL

Sundowns could benefit from heavy schedule

2016-09-14 16:06
Ernst Middendorp (Supplied)

Cape Town - Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp believes the heavy fixture schedule in domestic and continental football could work to the advantage of Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Team of Choice will face Sundowns in an Absa Premiership clash at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Brazilians will play six crucial matches in the next 14 days in the Premiership, MTN8 and CAF Champions League.

"At the moment they have more of an advantage and fatigue will probably creep in a little later in October, November, December," Middendorp told KickOff.

"That will be a little difficult for them - but at this moment they have an advantage simply because they started playing earlier than others.

"They started playing [CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation] qualification rounds in June and hardly had a break but the advantage is, if you have certain competition, certain match fitness which other teams are lacking at the moment.

"In particular if you bring four five new players in, the competition and the communication is an advantage to a team like Sundowns.

"We will challenge and do our thing by pressuring them and putting them under pressure here at home as we've always done in the past six months. In this situation we have to do a wonderful job in each and every position to have a chance."

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