NWU Looking In The Mirror
The table-topping showdown between NWU and UJ in Mafikeng on Monday will feature two teams that play very similar styles.
The only two unbeaten teams left in the tournament will square off in a match which could decide which side ends the round robin phase of the competition on top of the standings.
Both teams thrive on dominating possession and imposing their passing game on the opposition so it is shaping up as an intriguing tactical battle as well.
NWU team manager and goalkeeper coach Enock Llali believes that the major challenge for his side will be to shut down UJ's industrious midfield.
"UJ play a 4-5-1 so we can't allow them to play in the middle of the park. They are very similar to us in that they like to keep possession and create spaces with their passing game," he said.
One area that NWU have been working hard at this week is their defence of aerial balls after they were somewhat exposed in that area in their 2-2 draw with defending champions UP-Tuks in Pretoria.
"UJ have a tall striker so they also might try that approach with high balls into the box so we have been working hard on that this week," said Llali.
Although a win in this game would go a long way to securing home advantage in the play-offs, NWU are not putting any extra pressure on themselves in front of their loyal fans.
"Every game at home in Mafikeng is a big game, so we will treat this the same and take UJ as any other team," said Llali.