The ABSA Premiership will be on hold this weekend, however, the MTN8 challenge will keep the local football lovers glued to their screens. While, in Europe, the first round of the English Premier League fixtures graces our screens.
Mamelodi Sundowns v Golden Arrows (MTN8 Challenge)
Match 1 Soccer 6 Pool 11 August S6 V3 P1
League rankings: 3RD & 8TH
Useful facts: Mamelodi Sundowns currently have a win and a draw under their belt in the league so far. Pitso Mosimane’s charges pulled off an incredible performance this past week after securing a 2-0 victory against Polokwane City. Themba Zwane will be looking to show off the same skills this weekend, however, their opponents with the experience of defenders like Siyanda Zwane, and Limbikani Mzava to name a few, will be looking to put their bodies on the line to bounce back to form in the cup competition.
Orlando Pirates v SuperSport United (MTN8 Challenge)
Match 6 Soccer 6 Pool 11 August S6 V3 P1
League rankings: 4TH & 10TH
Useful facts: Prior to the 2018/19 season, the Orlando Pirates technical team pointed out that the club’s aim was to make Orlando stadium a haunting house for their opponents. Well, the Buccaneers have a chance this weekend to begin making their home turf a nightmare for any team that steps onto the pitch when they face SuperSport United in the MTN8 cup competition. The Matsatsantsa players’ confidence has been boosted after their midweek victory against AmaZulu in the league, however, Bucs will be looking to improve on their performances.
Liverpool v West Ham United (English Premier League)
Match 1 Soccer 6 Pool 12 August S6 V2 P1
League rankings: 12th & 19th
Useful facts: Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has already shown his intentions of getting his side on the right track after a few record-breaking summer signings, especially in the goalkeeping department where Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson Becker has come in to provide some stability between the sticks. West Ham, on the other hand, will be going to Anfield in search of their first three points for the season, however, it will be a tough task in front of the Reds’ faithful.
Arsenal v Manchester City (English Premier League)
Match 5 Soccer 6 Pool 12 August S6 V2 P1
League rankings: 2nd & 13th
Useful facts: The defending champions travel to Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal who under a new manager, Unai Emery will be looking to start their league campaign on a positive note. However, the Sky Blues are looking to get their feet on the ground and begin the title defence with three points.