Cape Town - SuperSport United and Free State Stars will have a rare Cup meeting when they clash in the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout on Saturday.
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Gordon Igesund’s side come into the match in fine form, having claimed a second successive win in the league with a 3-0 beating of Bloemfontein Celtic on the weekend.
SuperSport reached the semi-finals of the 2013 Telkom Knockout before they were beaten 2-1 by Orlando Pirates.
The Tshwane side has played 16 Telkom Knockout matches since the tournament’s inception in 2006, recording seven wins, three draws and six defeats. They have won one of the three penalty shootouts they have been involved in.
Matsatsantsa’s best showing in the Telkom Knockout era is reaching the last four, a feat they have achieved in the past two seasons.
In League Cup history, SuperSport have twice reached the final (2004 & 2005) but failed to lift the trophy on either occasion.
Tom Saintfiet’s side also come into the match on the back of a win, having come from two goals down to defeat Moroka Swallows 3-2. It is the second time this season they have overturned a two-goal deficit to end victorious.
Stars reached the quarterfinals of last season’s Telkom Knockout where they were beaten on penalties by Kaizer Chiefs.
The Free State side has played 15 Telkom Knockout matches since the tournament’s inception in 2006, recording seven wins, two draws and six defeats. They have won of the penalty shootouts they have been involved in.
Ea Lla Koto’s best showing in the Telkom Knockout era is reaching the semifinals, a feat they achieved three times: 2007/08, 2008/09 & 2012/13.
In League Cup history, Stars have won the tournament once (1994) and been runners-up twice in 1996 and 1999.
In head-to-head stats, SuperSport and Stars have met in just three previous cup matches. Matsatsantsa have claimed two victories, with one win going the way of Ea Lla Koto.
The teams’ most recent cup clash was in the quarterfinals of the 2012 MTN8, with SuperSport claiming a 2-1 home win.
Overall, the teams have met in 40 matches across all competitions since 1986. Matsatsantsa have 15 wins compared to 10 for Stars, while 15 matches have been drawn.
SuperSport have won 10 of their 20 home matches against Stars down the years, suffering just three defeats in the process.
The Tshwane side has not been beaten at home by their Free State counterparts since the 2001/02 season.
The teams have met once already this season, with Stars coming from two goals down to win 3-2 in a league clash back in August.
Kick-off is scheduled for 15:00 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday, October 4.