Absa Premiership

Sundowns need 7 points to win 'Big Fish'

2018-04-17 09:40
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns will be looking to maintain their impressive nine match unbeaten run in the Absa Premiership when they host Golden Arrows on Tuesday night at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

The Pitso Mosimane-coached side will go into the match enjoying the form of their life and are closing in on the league crown, having defeated Wits 2-0 on Saturday.

The Brazilians have a three point advantage over second placed Orlando Pirates and can make it six with a win over Arrows. Sundowns are at the summit of the Premiership table with 52 points, while Pirates have 49 and both will be left with three games to play before the end of the season, after Tuesday’s match with Arrows.

The Tshwane outfit need just seven points in order win the 'Big Fish' - a term Mosimane called the Premiership title back in 2015.

Arrows on the other hand, have had a rough second round and find themselves not far away from the relegation zone.

The match with Sundowns gives them the chance to cause the biggest upset of the season and further distance themselves from danger territory.

Arrows are in 12th position and have managed to collect 31 points so far into the season.

They played a 1-1 draw against Free State Stars in their last Premiership encounter and coach Clinton Larsen said he is relishing the big test against the in-form Brazilians, which will followed by another tough encounter with Kaizer Chiefs.

He said: "I'd rather be playing the likes of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns at this stage of the season, than an Ajax Cape Town or Platinum Stars who are fighting for their lives. 

"It's easy to get the boys motivated, they are self-motivated when playing against these big teams, but you've really got to drive them when playing against the so-called smaller teams."

Meanwhile, Mosimane added of the clash: "It's a heavy load, that’s why Sibusiso Vilakazi was taken off against Wits, we need him. I don't like rotating a lot but we have to manage the game. 

"This game was very important, I didn't want to highlight it too much but in the dressing room, they knew about it. It gives us for the fourth year in a row a CAF Champions League spot."

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Maritzburg United v Mamelodi Sundowns, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
SuperSport United v Free State Stars, Lucas Moripe Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v Cape Town City FC, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Wits, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Platinum Stars v AmaZulu FC, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:30
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Wits v AmaZulu FC, Bidvest Stadium 15:00
Cape Town City FC v Orlando Pirates, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United, FNB Stadium 15:00
Free State Stars v Polokwane City, Goble Park 15:00
Mamelodi Sundowns v Ajax Cape Town, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Bloemfontein Celtic, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Golden Arrows v Platinum Stars, Princess Magogo Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v SuperSport United, Sisa Dukashe Stadium 15:00
Saturday, 12 May 2018
Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Bloemfontein Celtic v Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Molemela Stadium 15:00
Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows, Harry Gwala Stadium 15:00
AmaZulu FC v Cape Town City FC, King Zwelithini Stadium 15:00
SuperSport United v Baroka FC, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Polokwane City v Chippa United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Orlando Pirates v Free State Stars, Orlando Stadium 15:00
Platinum Stars v Wits, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 15:00
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