Nedbank Cup & EPL Action Continues!
On Saturday, February 10, Tottenham will host Arsenal in an EPL fixture. The Gunners were on fire over the past weekend when they secured a 5-1 victory against Everton. While their opponents drew 1-all against Liverpool. Arsene Wenger’s charges will be looking to continue with their run, however, Spurs are no walkovers.
Orlando Pirates will host Ajax Cape Town in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup. The Buccaneers are looking to successfully progress through the tournament and salvage silverware for the season. On the other hand, the Urban Warriors will be confident knowing that they have the upper hand after beating the Mayfair-based side, 3-0 in a league match recently.
Golden Arrows travel away as they face off against Kaizer Chiefs. This is the last chance for Amakhosi head coach, Steve Komphela to get his hands on a cup, however, it will not be an easy task facing Abafana Bes’thende.
Match of the Week
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal (English Premier League)
Match 1 Soccer 6 Pool 10 February S6 V3 P1
League Rankings: Spurs 5th & Arsenal 6th
Useful facts: The North London derby is back in full swing as Lilywhites and Gunners lock horns for their final league match of the season at Wembley this Saturday. The hosts come from a hard-fought draw against Liverpool last weekend. Mauricio Pochettino’s charges were 2-0 down for a good 80 minutes of game play, but Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane’s strikes saw the visitors share the spoils with the Reds in their third draw in the last five games. Meanwhile, it appears the combination of new arrivals, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, is the lucky charm for the Gunners, as they showed no mercy when hammering Everton 5-1. Arsenal were able to cut the gap to four points between them and their North London rivals, who played to a thrilling 2-2 all draw against Liverpool. The hosts were beaten 2-0 when they visited Emirates Stadium last year and will look to return the favour when they welcome Wenger’s side this time around.
Luvo Manyonga: Spurs
Orlando Pirates v Ajax Cape Town (Nedbank Cup)
League Rankings: Pirates 2nd & Ajax 15th
Match 3 Soccer 6 Pool 10 February S6 V3 P2
Useful facts: Just a week after losing 3-0 to the Urban Warriors, the Buccaneers face the very same team that derailed their impressive league form, this time around in a cup competition. Bucs have the home advantage. Despite having lost to Muhsin Ertugral’s team, the Soweto giants comfortably redeemed themselves at the expense of Maritzburg United last weekend. However, things haven’t changed for 15th placed Ajax who played to a 1-1 all draw against Polokwane City in their last league outing. Perhaps the visitors will look to use this match as a confidence booster to stave off relegation. The Urban Warriors were stunningly knocked out of the competition in the first round by NFD side, KwaDukuza United last year, while Bucs lost in the final to current defending champions, SuperSport United.
Luvo Manyonga: Pirates
Kaizer Chiefs v Golden Arrows (Nedbank Cup)
League Rankings: Chiefs 4th & Arrows 12th
Match 3 Soccer 6 Pool 11 February S6 V2 P1
Useful facts: Both teams come into this match having failed to claim maximum points in their previous respective league fixtures. Amakhosi were once again held to a draw in the league, this time around by Bidvest Wits last Saturday. Meanwhile, Abafana Bes’thende suffered a defeat to AmaZulu in their Durban derby clash. The Glamour Boys crashed out of the competition after losing 5-3 on penalties in the semi-final to SuperSport United last season. Arrows made it to the semi-final, where they lost to Orlando Pirates 1-0.
Luvo Manyonga: Chiefs