Will Sundowns rise to the occasion tonight?

2012-03-13 13:19

After their 24-0 demolishing of Powerlines a fortnight ago, all eyes will be on Mamelodi Sundowns to see if they could repeat the same performance this evening.

But chances of that happening at Loftus are close to nothing as they will face a Bidvest Wits side capable of sending them packing.

The Absa Premiership log leaders, Sundowns can expect a tough encounter against a resurgent Students.

While the Brazilians hope to extend their lead at the top, Wits want to claw their back into contention as they lie ninth on the table.

Wits will rely on two former Sundowns defenders, Mbulelo Mabizela and Derrick Spencer, to thwart the Brazilians attack of Katlego Mphela and Nyasha Mushekwi.

It seems the decision to give Teko Modise the armband was the right call as this has motivated the midfielder to work his socks up. Modise has been on top form, not only creating chances but also registering his name on the scoresheet.

Mphela will be looking to pull away from other contenders for the league’s top scorers. Mphela has not scored in the last six matches and has been on nine goals since the end of November.

Interestingly, the two teams have drawn each other in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup. So tonight’s game will give coaches Johan Neeskens and Roger de Sa the opportunity to know their opponents well ahead of the cup clash in a fortnight’s time.

In a Nedbank Cup replay, AmaZulu welcome Ajax Cape Town at Durban’s Princess Magogo Stadium.

When game was abandoned on Sunday due to heavy rains Ajax were leading 2-1 but according to the league’s rules the match will start from the beginning with the score level.

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