SuperSport United will be looking to bring to an end their horror run against Mamelodi Sundowns in this weekend’s Tshwane Derby as they look for their first Absa Premiership win over them since 2013.
Matsatsantsa haven’t beaten their city rivals from open play since a 1-0 win just under five years ago, with their only victory of late coming via a penalty shootout in the 2016 Telkom Knockout.
SuperSport haven’t even scored past Sundowns in their last four encounters and you have to go back to 2012 to find the last time they managed to score two against them, with 15 games having been played since that 2-0 win in the Nedbank Cup final. In fact, they’ve only beaten Downs nine times, including their penalty shootout win in 2016, since the start of 2005.
Eric Tinkler has a big challenge on his hands if he’s to try and put a dent in Pitso Mosimane’s title hopes, a task made more difficult due to the suspension of his top scorer, Aubrey Modiba, a player who has scored or assisted nine of their 19 league goals this season.
Sundowns, meanwhile, have scored eight goals in their last three meetings with SuperSport and victory this evening would help them take a big step towards the 2017/18 league title, giving the Brazilians an added incentive to beat their rivals.
The two sides are due to lock horns at 18h00 tonight, with SuperSport eager to bring an end to their torrid run against their neighbours.