Surprise! It’s number one vs number two in DStv Premiership clash

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Njabulo Manqana of AmaZulu beats Ramahlwe Mpahlelel of Mamelodi Sundowns to the ball during the Absa Premiership match in 2013. Picture: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images
Njabulo Manqana of AmaZulu beats Ramahlwe Mpahlelel of Mamelodi Sundowns to the ball during the Absa Premiership match in 2013. Picture: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images

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AmaZulu will host Mamelodi Sundowns in a “surprise”’ top of the table clash at the Jonsson Kings Park Stadium in Durban on Wednesday afternoon.

The clash between number one and two in the DStv Premiership will see a resurgent Usuthu look to outwit the incumbent leaders and defending champions.

Usuthu have emerged as surprise title contenders following a string of positive results. They have been propelled to the top by a 13-match unbeaten run in the league. That impressive streak includes four draws and an incredible nine wins. They have won their last seven consecutive league games.

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Benni McCarthy’s men were in ninth position when they began their run.

Sundowns have a winning streak of their own. The defending champions are undefeated all season after 20 games in the league. Only 10 games remain for them to again rewrite the history books as they attempt to become the first “invisible” team in PSL history.

It would also be a record extending 11th premiership title.

Downs only recently suffered their first defeats in the CAF Champions League and were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup by the struggling Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) at the weekend.

Downs co-coach Rhulani Mokwena said they were looking to overcome the sting of their loss to TTM on Sunday.

“It’s a very important game [against AmaZulu]. All the coming games are cup finals for us and we will approach them as such. It hasn’t been easy to prepare after an unfortunate result against TTM in the cup,” Mokwena said.

“We have to show mental resolve and dig deep to produce a good performance. When two very good teams meet, everyone wants to be at their best. That is the only way to give yourself a chance to get to win the match.”

The former Orlando Pirates assistant coach praised McCarthy for the team’s turnaround.

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“They have a very good team and technical staff. They have very good players and that’s why the results have been going their way.

“It is clear that they are a well-coached side with an identity and playing scheme. They have a midfield triangle that can influence both phases of the game.”

Kick off is at 3pm.

Wednesday fixtures

AmaZulu vs Mamelodi Sundowns, Jonsson Kings Park

Black Leopards vs Stellenbosch, Thohoyandou Stadium

SuperSport vs Golden Arrows, Lucas Moripe Stadium

Kaizer Chiefs vs Cape Town City, Cape Town Stadium



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