Mamelodi Sundowns, the reigning Absa Premiership champions, have a superior record to their season end compared to rivals and log leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
The Brazilians will kick off their resumption of the 2019/20 season tonight against Orlando Pirates at Dobsonville Stadium buoyed by the fact that their record from the previous two campaigns very much gives them an edge.
En route to their ninth league title in May last year, Sundowns managed five wins, two draws and just two defeats in their final nine Premiership matches, which culminated with a late win at Goble Park against Free State Stars.
Pitso Mosimane’s men now have to do it again – and with football suspended nearly five months ago due to Covid-19, the champions have the same number of matches as they resume their title chase, leader Chiefs having played a game more.
Amakhosi have a record that pales in comparison, which would have contributed to the Glamour Boys finishing outside the Top 8 last season and missing out on the Nedbank Cup to lower division side TS Galaxy in the final.
In their last eight league matches last season, Chiefs only managed a single victory, four draws and were beaten three times. Ernst Middendorp’s men finished in ninth place for only the second time in the PSL era.
Sundowns can also look to two seasons ago for inspiration, when they were again crowned champions as they bulldozed their way to the winners’ podium.
Again led by Mosimane, the Brazilians put together an incredible run of six wins and three draws in their final nine matches and were not beaten in that title run in with Orlando Pirates, who were led by Micho Sredojevic at the time.
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