Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns will be aiming for revenge when they visit Kaizer Chiefs in the Absa Premiership on Saturday at FNB Stadium.
Kick-off is at 20:15. The Brazilians lead the league with 34 points from 18 matches while the Glamour Boys are in third on 29 points.
thus appears Chiefs need to win to keep their hopes alive in the title
race, whereas 'Downs have lost three of their last five PSL matches.
With that said, this weekend's encounter seems to have all the ingredients of a 'blood and thunder' affair.
Masandawa's two recent losses have come against Polokwane City and Orlando Pirates so far in the new year.
they bounced back with wins over Ajax Cape Town and Platinum Stars to
consolidate their number one spot on the log table.
men will be aiming to put some breathing space between themselves and
the chasing pack as they sit at the top spot with 34 points from 18
In the first round, the Tshwane giants succumbed to a
2-1 loss against Amakhosi at home and will now be chasing to return the
Looking at the Naturena-based outfit, they are picking up
their momentum in as far as the league title race is concerned and will
pose a threat to their visitors.
In their previous matches they
beat Rise and Shine, Baroka FC as well as bagging a draw against
SuperSport United in the new year thus far.
LAST 10 LEAGUE RESULTS
(Under season, result and scorers)
2012/13 Sundowns 0-0 Chiefs
2013/14 Sundowns 0-1 Chiefs - Arendse (og)
2013/14 Chiefs 0-1 Sundowns - Modise
2014/15 Chiefs 1-1 Sundowns - Lebese; Modise
2014/15 Sundowns 0-1 Chiefs - Parker
2015/16 Chiefs 0-0 Sundowns
2015/16 Sundowns 3-1 Chiefs - Castro, Nthethe (pen), Katsande (og); Gordinho
2016/17 Sundowns 2-1 Chiefs - Langerman, Vilakazi; Mphahlele
2016/17 Chiefs 2-1 Sundowns - Parker, Soumahoro (og); Billiat
2017/18 Sundowns 1-2 Chiefs - Zwane (pen); Ngezana, Parker
What the teams are saying…
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane:
"I wish I could play these big games with a fully fit team and compete
fairly," said Mosimane. But I can't complain because the same team that
lost to Chiefs played well.
"We need to be smart against Chiefs.
Not be all over the place, we know how they play. We must also avoid
playing into their hands because we are playing away and somebody must
attack. I appreciate an open game. I appreciate attack. That's why I'm
talking about a 4-4 or 4-3 (scoreline).
"Because that's what I
want, but we will respect Chiefs - they have done very well. And I think
'Itu' (Itumeleng Khune)‚ you can rest - maybe (Jeremy) Brockie will not
"We didn't bring Brockie to win a game against Chiefs.
And we didn't bring Brockie at Mamelodi Sundowns to keep us on top of
the log - he found us there.”
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela:
"It's going to be very interesting. Sundowns are doing well, we are
also hitting some form, we are getting goals, we are scoring," said
"And this is a big team. One thing people must not forget, this team is big. We do not get surprised by a positive run.
we just get angry when it's not coming. So that when we are winning, to
us it's normal. The only thing is when we draw, because to us a draw is
a loss, then we get a bit edgy. But a win, a win is normal at Chiefs,
it is what we get paid for.
"We still have many other matches to
play. It's 12 matches to go, the road is still long. We just have to
take it one match at a time. But it's important to keep within touching
distance and it makes for an interesting match, the next match."
Key players for Kaizer Chiefs
The hard tackling midfielder will be the man tasked to police the
Sundowns midfielders and stop them from launching their attacks. His
battle with the likes of Tiyani Mabunda and Hlompho Kekana is always
interesting to watch.
Leonardo Castro: The
former Sundowns forward has found a new home in Soweto and will want to
prove a thing or two to his former bosses. Having scored on his debut
last weekend, his morale is high heading to this one.
Key players for Mamelodi Sundowns
The Sundowns skipper was benched last weekend against Dikwena and could
be available to face Amakhosi to provide steel and leadership. His long
accurate passes and ability to direct the game will be key as they want
Themba Zwane: One of the mainstays in
the Sundowns starting line-up, Zwane will hope to provide creativity for
the visitors. His eye for a defence splitting pass and composure in the
box will be a threat to the hosts.