Sundowns aim to get back on track against on form Bidvest Wits
Mamelodi Sundowns will hope get their title challenge back on track ways when they visit another title chasing side Bidvest Wits at the Bidvest Stadium in Millpark on Saturday evening, kickoff at 18:00 CAT.
The Brazilians were stunned by Orlando Pirates at home midweek with a 1-0 defeat, with the loss denting their title hopes as they now remain on 34 points with 12 matches to play, and still trail log leaders Kaizer Chiefs by nine points but with one game in hand.
Pisto Mosimane blamed lack of options up front as his side are hurt by the injuries of strikers Cuthbert Malajila and Katlego Mashego, but the former Bafana Bafana coach will be delighted with the return of influential attacking midfielder Khama Billiat, after the Zimbabwean served a one match ban against Pirates midweek.
Bidvest Wits are from a back-to-back wins, with the latest victory coming against other title contenders SuperSport United midweek at the same venue where they will collide with Sundowns. The Clever Boys, who are yet to be beaten at home this season, are fourth on the log with 31 points from seventeen games, and a win on Saturday night will see them lip-frog Sundowns and go second.
When both sides met earlier this season at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria, Mamelodi Sundowns ran victorious with a 2-1 win, thanks to Khama Billiat’ second-half winner.
In the other match scheduled on Saturday, University of Pretoria will be searching for their first goal away from this season when they travel to Kwa-Zulu Natal to face relegation fighters Golden Arrows. AmaTuks beat high riding Platinum Stars at home in their last league outing, but suffered a Cup exit in the hands of city rivals SuperSport United last week.
The Pretoria-based side are yet to score away from home, and they seem to be struggling, with thier poor run away from home giving the relegation candidate Golden Arrows, who are coachless, the hope to turn the corner. Abafan’ Besthende are rooted at the wrong side of the table with 13 points and four points from safety with 12 matches to play, and they have only two wins from their last ten matches.
Their Saturday opponents AmaTuks are also flirting with the danger zone as they are just five points away from relegation.
In the last fixture of the day, Orlando Pirates will hope to move one place up on the table again when they welcome relegation-threatened Free State Stars at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night, kick off at 8:15 pm CAT.
The Buccaneers, who will have former Kaizer Chiefs striker Lehlohonolo Majoro up for selection but new coach Vladimir Vermezovic still waiting his work permit, beat Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 midweek to move 6th on the log and go to 27 points from 16 matches.
The history will be against the Ea Lla Koto who are placed second from bottom and occupy the play-off place with 16 points and three points from the automatic drop. The Qwa-Qwa based outfit have never beaten Orlando Pirates away from home in the league match in almost a decade.