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Absa Premiership Round 18 – AmaZulu vs Mamelodi Sundowns
 
Date: 24 February 2015
 
Time: 19:30
 
Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium
 
AmaZulu who are still reeling at bottom of the table, will this evening welcome Absa Premiership defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Usuthu come from a disappointing Nedbank Cup last 32 exit to NFD campaigners, Golden Arrows, and meet the high-flying Brazilians who they have endured a torrid time from. Last season they suffered a humiliating 7-1 loss. Masandawana have claimed six wins between the two sides in the last 10 games, with the other four matches drawn, while Amabesh’ ankone have just six wins in 52 previous league meetings with Sundowns. Steve Barker’s side are currently 10 points away from safety, and will hope for a surprise shock result in their favour. 
 
 
AMAZULU:
 
Averages per game for 2014-15 season:
 
Shots on goal: 11.64
 
Entries into final third: 67.21
 
Successful passes: 224.86
 
Possession: 52%
 
Tackles: 20.64
 
Recent results:
 
AmaZulu 1-2 Golden Arrows (Mwape 10’)
 
Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0 AmaZulu 
 
AmaZulu 1-2 Orlando Pirates (Mabizela 67’)
 
Key performers:
 
Defender (most tackles): Sadate Ouro Akoriko, 1.7 tackles per game
 
Midfielder (most passes): Khulekani Madondo, 30.09 passes per game
 
Forward/Striker (most shots): Bornwell Mwape, 3.30 shots per game
 
Top goal scorer (all competitions):
 
Bongani Ndulula (5) (4 PSL) (1 TKO)
 
Top assists (all competitions): 
 
Sadate Ouro Akoriko (3) (1 PSL) (2 TKO)
 
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS:
 
Averages per game for 2014-15 season:
 
Shots on goal: 14.13
 
Entries into final third: 65.22
 
Successful passes: 366.09
 
Possession: 54%
 
Tackles: 27.52
 
Recent results:
 
Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 Thanda Royal Zulu FC (Schut 52’; Modise 75’)
 
St Michel United 1-1 Mamelodi Sundowns (Billiat 83’)
 
Mamelodi Sundowns 4-1 Moroka Swallows (Schut 13’; Malajila 14’, 22’; Modise 25’)
 
Key performers:
 
Defender (most tackles): Tebogo Langerman, 3.25 tackles per game
 
Midfielder (most passes): Teko Modise, 62.23 passes per game
 
Forward/Striker (most shots): Cuthbert Malajila, 2.55 shots per game
 
Top goal scorer (all competitions):
 
Cuthbert Malajila (8) (7 PSL) (1 TKO)
 
Top assists (all competitions): 
 
Cuthbert Malajila (9) (8 PSL, 1 TKO)
 
 
Key Stats:
 
Despite not finding the back of the net on a regular basis, Usuthu dominate the visiting side when it comes to entries into the final third. The KZN outfit are on 67.21, whilst Sundowns sit on 65.22. A plus for the Tshwane side is having all other stats in their favour, which could see them pick up yet another victory.

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