After Orlando Pirates' 2-1 win over Free State Stars on Saturday to take a six-point lead at the top of the PSL standings, Mamelodi Sundowns desperately need a win in the Tshwane derby against SuperSport United on Wednesday. Below is a breakdown on how they can beat Matsatsantsa:
- Continue great record
- Keep Modiba quiet
- Stop Macuphu
- Get Zwane on the ball
Continue Great Record
After Masandawana’s 2-1 win against Kaitano Tembo’s men in December, they are now 11 PSL games unbeaten against Supersport. Sundowns dominated the reverse fixture and missed numerous chances to make the scoreline more comfortable. The last time SuperSport beat Sundowns in the league was in 2013 when Mor Diouf’s 88th-minute strike from within his own half secured the three points.
Keep Modiba Quiet
In that December defeat, SuperSport left Aubrey Modiba on the bench and he came on to make a big impact. In his post-match interview with SuperSport TV after that game, Pitso Mosimane hailed the 23-year-old by saying: “Aubrey Modiba is an unbelievable player”. The left-footed midfielder or left back has six assists this season, has taken 72 shots in the PSL (second most in the league) and has created 2.82 chances per game, third most in the PSL.
Since joining Matsatsanta on loan from Bidvest Wits, Mxolisi Macuphu has scored five goals in six games. He missed the weekend draw with Polokwane City due to suspension and the side failed to score in his absence. With Bradley Grobler netting just once in nine games since his return from injury, the main threat will be Bafana Bafana international Macuphu. He is great in the air, so Sundowns’ experienced duo of Wayne Arendse and Ricardo Nascimento will need to be at their best.
Get Zwane on the ball
In December’s win for Sundowns in the reverse fixture, Zwane had a superb game picking up the ball between the lines. Phumlani Ntshangase had such a tough afternoon for SuperSport that he was substituted in the first half that day. In the absence due to the suspension of Gaston Sirino – who has 19 assists in all competitions this season – the main creative onus will fall on 'Mshishi'. He has excelled in the CAF Champions League this season with six goals and two assists but has had a fairly quiet PSL campaign with just two goals and two assists so far. He needs to find his best form in the league for the side’s final six matches.
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