Mamelodi Sundowns begin the defence of their DStv Premiership title with an encounter against last season's runners-up AmaZulu on Friday evening.
Teams: Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu
Date: 20 August 2021
Venue: Loftus Versfeld
The Brazilians became the first side to clinch four consecutive league titles in a row in the PSL era last season and will be gunning for a fifth crown in succession.
Masandawana will have a positive mindset after booking their spot in the semi-finals of the MTN8 with a penalty shoot-out win over rivals Kaizer Chiefs, after it ended 2-2 draw in extra-time last weekend.
In contrast, Usuthu were knocked out at the first hurdle in the by Cape Town City after conceding in the last minute and will be motivated to bounce back.
Benni McCarthy's charges finished second on the log last term, 13 points behind the Brazilians and will also be competing in the CAF Champions League for the first time.
Masandawana collected four points from this fixture last season, after edging a seven-goal thriller at Loftus in the first round clash in November last year (before McCarthy's arrival) while the return fixture ended goalless.
Here's how they line up:
Sundowns: 1. Mweene, 25. Mudau, 7. Lakay, 28. De Reuck, 5. Lebusa , Mvala, 23. Domingo, 40. Coetzee, 17. Modiba, 18. Zwane, 38. Shalulile.
Subs: 30. Pieterse, 10. Sirino, 27. Morena, 4. G.Kekana, 35. Maema, 15. Jali, 21. Mkhulise, 9. Safranko, 32. Kutumela.
AmaZulu: 44. Mothwa, 5. Sikhakane, 13. Zulu, 27. Xoki, 39. Mgwazela, 8. Makhuala, 10. Sithebe, 45. Buchanan, 7. Ntuli, 21. Ceesay, 34. Maduna.
Subs: 43. Boshoff, 18. Moleko, 22. Khumalo, 25. Mzava, 19. Moremi, 23. Ekstein, 23. Mlambo, 14. De Jong, 20. Majoro.