Absa Premiership

City meet Pitso's Brazilians in title charge

2019-03-05 08:17
Benni McCarthy and Pitso Mosimane
Benni McCarthy and Pitso Mosimane (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Absa Premiership pace-setters Mamelodi Sundowns will look to extend their lead at the top of the table when they take on Cape Town City on Tuesday at Athlone Stadium.

Sundowns go into the match with a one-point lead over Orlando Pirates - having played one game less - while the Citizens are in fourth, four points adrift.

Tuesday’s encounter will be the second in six days between the two sides, after Sundowns beat the Citizens 3-2 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium last Wednesday.

While the previous match was a five-goal thriller, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes the return leg at Athlone Stadium will be a far tighter affair.

“They will never, ever, ever allow us to score three goals. It’s going to a tight one, it’s going to be like the Wits one. I hope that there are no red cards. You never know, maybe you nick it and go with it,” Mosimane told the press earlier.

A victory for Benni McCarthy’s side could move them up to second place and close the gap to the league leaders to one point.

McCarthy, though, refused to be drawn into discussions about his side’s title credentials.

"I don’t know if because they see us in fourth position, we are title contenders. We don’t fall into that. We are just enjoying our football. We want to improve, we want to win football matches and come where we might end up, it's going to be a bonus and a plus,” he said.

"It's the players' hard work they put in every single day and game-time, that’s it. We're not looking at what Wits is doing, what Sundowns is doing, what Chiefs or Pirates are doing.

"For us we take it one game at a time, we are not even title contenders.”

Veteran Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse is set for a return after sitting out the previous two matches with suspension, but goalkeeper Denis Onyango remains a doubt.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

 

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Friday, 05 April 2019
Maritzburg United v Bloemfontein Celtic, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 06 April 2019
Wits v Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Stadium 15:00
Highlands Park v Free State Stars, Makhulong Stadium 15:00
Golden Arrows v Cape Town City, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v Baroka FC, FNB Stadium 18:00
AmaZulu v Chippa United, King Zwelithini Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 07 April 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v SuperSport United, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:00
Polokwane City v Black Leopards, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
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