Absa Premiership: ‘No team can afford to stumble’

2012-04-18 10:40

While most eyes will be on the original Soweto Derby between Moroka Swallows and Orlando Pirates at Dobsonville Stadium, log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership table tonight.

Sundowns welcome Platinum Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium this evening, hoping to open the gap at the top.

But all eyes will be in Soweto where Pirates will be hoping to pile more pressure on Sundowns. Pirates and Sundowns have amassed the same number of points (46) with only six matches remaining.

At this time of the season no team can afford to stumble.

After Kaizer Chiefs lost 1-0 to Maritzburg United last night, it seems like a three-horse race for the title with Swallows also in the running.

Swallows coach Gordon Igesund has tipped his side to fly over Pirates this evening.

Igesund, who is chasing his own record of winning his fifth title with five different teams, predicted victory for his side.

Swallows have been in a good form and are unbeaten in seven matches with Siyabonga Nomvethe and David Mathebula lifting the team. Nomvethe is the league’s top scorer with 11 goals.

But against the defending champions Pirates they will come up against a determined side, aiming to defend its league title. Pirates welcome back influential midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo and Benni McCarthy from suspension while Swallows will be minus their captain, Lefa Tsutsulupa, who is serving a one-match ban.

Other fixtures: Jomo Cosmos vs Bloemfontein Celtic (Nelson Mandela Bay); Free State Stars vs Black Leopards (Charles Mopeli); Bidvest Wits vs Ajax Cape Town (Bidvest Wits); Santos vs SuperSport United (Athlone); AmaZulu vs Golden Arrows (Moses Mabhida).

» The Sundowns-Stars game starts at 7:30pm. Kickoff for the Swallows-Pirates game is at 8pm.

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