Sundowns Seek Revenge Against Maritzburg, While Real Face Bayern In UEFA
The UEFA Champions League continues as Bayern Munich host Real Madrid in the first leg of the semi-final round. The home side will be hoping to take advantage of playing on their home turf, however an away goal for Los Blancos would be the cherry on top of the cake.
It’s is round two as Maritzburg United take on Mamelodi Sundowns this time in a league mach. Masandawana will be out for revenge after the Team of Choice thrashed them over the past weekend in a cup encounter, and Pitso Mosimane’s charges will be looking to keep the gap opened at the top of the log standings, however Maritzburg have proven that they are no easy side.
Orlando Pirates will take on Bidvest Wits behind closed doors on Wednesday, April 25. The Buccaneers are looking to stay close to the log leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns, however the Clever Boys will be looking to secure three points after dropping two vital points in their 1-all draw against Polokwane City last weekend.
Match of the Week
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid (UEFA Champions League)
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League Rankings: Bayern 1st (Bundesliga) & Madrid 3rd (LaLiga)
Useful facts: The Bavarians host Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid on Wednesday for the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. The Bundesliga champions are in high spirit as their quest for a treble is still very much alive, following their 6-2 win over Leverkusen in the DBF Cup semi-final last week. Los Blancos have it all to play for, as this is their only chance at silverware this season. The two sides are no strangers to each other when it comes to this competition, having met on several occasions before. Both will be looking to claim the advantage going into the second leg tie. In last year’s Champion’s League, the Vikings knocked Stars of the South on an aggregate scoreline of 2-1 in the semi-final.
Brighton Mhlongo: Madrid
Maritzburg United v Mamelodi Sundowns (Premier Soccer League)
Match 1 Soccer 6 Pool 25 April S6 V1 P1
League Rankings: Sundowns 1st & Maritzburg 3rd
Useful facts: Masandawana return to Harry Gwala Stadium just three days after being dumped out of the Nedbank Cup by the very same team, looking to wrap up their Absa Premiership triumph. Revenge is on the cards for the league champions-elect, against the team that dashed their hopes of a domestic double this season. However, Fadlu Davids’ side has proven to be a force to be reckoned with, having enjoyed a sublime run in both the league and Nedbank Cup. A win against Downs will firmly cement their place in the top four. The last time these two sides met, last weekend, 3-1 was the result in favour of the Team of Choice.
Brighton Mhlongo: Sundowns
Orlando Pirates v Bidvest Wits (Premier Soccer League)
Match 4 Soccer 6 Pool 26 April S6 V2 P1
League Rankings: Pirates 2nd & Wits 10th
Useful facts: Bucs and the Students will play this encounter behind closed doors following the sentence handed down to the Soweto giants for a crowd violence incident at Loftus Versfeld Stadium last season. Being the only real competitor to Mamelodi Sundowns for the Absa Premiership title, Pirates have no choice but to win all their remaining fixtures and hope the Chloorkop-based team slip up in the remaining encounters. Milutin Sredojevic’s charges pulled a come-from-behind 2-1 win against AmaZulu in their last outing nearly two weeks ago. However, the Clever Boys, who are fighting for a Top Eight spot, will not be lambs to slaughter.
Brighton Mhlongo: Pirates