On Saturday, January 13, Mamelodi Sundowns will host Orlando Pirates in an ABSA Premiership league fixture. The Buccaneers began the year on a high with a 3-1 victory against Baroka. Sundowns also recorded a win when they came back to steal three points in their 2-1 victory against Ajax Cape Town. This promises to be an exciting encounter as both sides are gunning for a win.
Chelsea will host Leicester City on Saturday in an English Premier League encounter. The Blues are a point away from the second position on the log standings, however, their opponents are in good spirits after their 3-0 win against Huddersfield.
On Sunday, January 14, the English Premier League comes alive as Liverpool battle log leaders, Manchester City. The Reds secured a 1-0 victory against Burnley on New Years Day and The Citizens continued with their impressive form. Pep Guardiola’s charges have not suffered a defeat as yet, however, Liverpool will be looking to end their streak.
Mamelodi Sundowns v Orlando Pirates (Premier Soccer League)
Match 1 Soccer 6 Pool
13 January S6 V2 P1
League rankings: Sundowns 1st & Pirates 5th
Useful facts: The Buccaneers will look to end their winless run against Masandawana when they pay the Yellow Nation a visit at Loftus Stadium this coming Saturday. Sundowns, who dropped six points after suffering two consecutive losses to Cape Town City and Polokwane City respectively, will look to return to winning ways at the expense of the visitors who have hardly given them a hard time in recent seasons. However, the Mayfair visitors come into this match confidently, having started the second round of the season with an impressive 3-1 win against Baroka FC last weekend. The last time Bucs visited the Chloorkop side, they were thrashed 6-0 in early 2017.
Portia Modise: Sundowns
Chelsea v Leicester City (English Premier League)
Match 1 Soccer 6 Pool
13 January S6 V3 P1
League Rankings: Chelsea 3rd & Leicester 8th
Useful facts: Chelsea have now moved up to third spot, just a point behind second-placed Manchester United. Both teams are champions of the last two seasons, with Manchester City having managed to steal all the attention from the Blues and the Foxes will look claim maximum points. A win for Antonio Conte’s side could see them overtake the Red Devils by two points. The Foxes have not beaten the defending champions in their last five meetings, having last registered a win against them on the 14th of December 2015.
Portia Modise: Chelsea
Match of the Week
Liverpool v Manchester City (English Premier League)
Match 5 Soccer 6 Pool
14 January S6 V1 P1
League Rankings: Liverpool 4th & Man City 1st
Useful facts: Liverpool will be out for revenge when they host runaway log leaders Manchester City on Sunday evening. Not only will the Reds look to continue with their impressive run, they will also look to be the first team this season to put an end to the Citizens’ unstoppable league run. However, the Citizens have proven to be a vigorous team and that they are yet to lose a match since the start of the 2017/18 Premier League season is a testament to that. With both teams having quite impressive players on the attack, this promises to be a thrilling encounter. The last time these two met, Pep Guardiola’s side thrashed the home side 5-0 in the first round of the season last year, on September 9th.
Portia Modise: Liverpool