With just two points separating Golden Arrows and Bidvest Wits, these sides go head-to-head at the Princess Magogo Stadium tonight. Wits lost their previous league encounter and will look to secure all three points in this match to close the gap at the top of the table.
Bloemfontein Celtic travel to FNB Stadium as they face off against Kaizer Chiefs. The away side have started to pick up points and will want to take advantage of a Chiefs team that have not been in the best of form.
English Premier League leaders Chelsea take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light tonight. The Blues have won 12 out of their 15 encounters, meaning that the relegation-threatened Black Cats will have a tough task on their hands.
Liverpool have slipped up in recent performances and will want to get back to winning ways as they take on 16th placed Middlesbrough.
Crystal Palace host Manchester United at Selhurst Park. United are in high spirts after their win over the weekend against Tottenham Hotspur. Palace have struggled for consistency but a win over the Red Devils would certainly boost their confidence.
For more info on this and other matches in the Soccer 6 pools, go to the Soccer 6 website HERE
Golden Arrows v Wits (Absa Premiership)
League Rankings: Arrows 6th & Wits 3rd
Useful facts: In their last 19 matches against Wits, Golden Arrows have won only three and lost 11, and their current three-match winless streak will hurt their confidence in what will undoubtedly be a difficult encounter. Wits, on the other hand, have lost two in a row after a long unbeaten run. Gavin Hunt will need his players to show up in this one if he hopes to remain in the race to finish top of the log over Christmas.
Gabadinho Mhango: Wits.
Kaizer Chiefs v Bloem Celtic (Absa Premiership)
League Rankings: Chiefs 7th & Celtic 12th
Useful facts: Currently on a seven-match winless streak, Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela needs this result to go his way, but a resurgent Celtic, who are undefeated in four, will not make for the easiest of opponents. However, having won 10 of their last 20 against Siwelele, Chiefs will hope to extend their decent record with another win and to get their season back on track.
Gabadinho Mhango: I’ll go for Bloemfontein Celtic.
Sunderland v Chelsea (Premier League)
League Rankings: Sunderland 20th & Chelsea 1st
Useful facts: It’s top versus bottom in a straightforward encounter that will likely see the Blues extend their nine-match winning streak to 10 against the Black Cats, who have lost three in their last six. However, Chelsea’s head-to-head record against them hardly inspires confidence, with Sunderland winning three of their last six against them, losing only two.
Gabadinho Mhango: Obviously Chelsea… I’m a Chelsea supporter.
Middlesbrough v Liverpool (Premier League)
League rankings: Middlesbrough 16th& Liverpool 3rd
Useful facts: Liverpool are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 Premier League matches, but seem to have run out of steam somewhat, after conceding six in their last two. Middlesbrough aren’t better off, though, with just two wins from their last six. In their last six meetings, Liverpool have four wins and just one loss, which was suffered way back in 2009.
Gabadinho Mhango: I’ll go for Liverpool.
Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Premier League)
FIFA rankings: Crystal Palace 15th& Man Utd 6th
Useful facts: With United holding an 11-match unbeaten run against Palace, José Mourinho will be confident of following up his win against Tottenham last weekend with another three points. Their record of two wins in their last six doesn’t look nearly as bad as Palace’s four losses in that timeframe.
Gabadinho Mhango: Crystal Palace. You know football, hey…