Sundowns CAF duty offers rival PSL title chasers Swallows and SuperSport an advantage

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Swallows sharpshooter Ruzaigh Gamildien and his team-mates will have a chance to close the gap on Mamelodi Sundowns. Picture: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images
Swallows sharpshooter Ruzaigh Gamildien and his team-mates will have a chance to close the gap on Mamelodi Sundowns. Picture: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images

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With DStv Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns preoccupied by CAF inter-club competition duties, title chasers SuperSport United and Swallows will have an opportunity to trim down the gap this weekend.

Matsatsantsa a Pitori will take on Cape Town City at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday, while Swallows will host AmaZulu at Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday.

Sundowns, on the other hand, begin their CAF Champions League group stage campaign against Al Hilal at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

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The Brazilians have 33 points at the top of the Premiership, while trailers United and Swallows are tied on 28.

United have suffered a bit of a slump after getting knocked out of the Nedbank Cup by strugglers Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (1-0) last weekend and losing their league match 2-1 to Bloemfontein Celtic.

The defeat to United, though, came in controversial fashion as a clear offside goal decided the game at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium on Tuesday.

The goal scored by striker Sera Motebang should have been flagged for offside in the 80th minute.

United will need to stop their overdependence on striker Bradley Grobler, who has scored 12 of the team’s 24 goals in the league.

Meanwhile, Swallows – together with Sundowns – remain the only unbeaten side in the league this season.

In contrast, their opponents, City, are the highest-scoring team in the league with 26 goals.

The Capetonians are still reeling from a 2-0 defeat to Orlando Pirates on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Swallows – together with Sundowns – remain the only unbeaten side in the league this season.

Coach Brandon Truter and his Swallows side are through to the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup after their 1-0 win over first division side Cape United at the weekend.

While they remain undefeated in the league, Swallows have been stacking up draws, with half of their 14 league games so far having ended in stalemates.

The Birds are tied with Pirates and Golden Arrows for the most draws in the league this season at seven.

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On the other hand, AmaZulu are have enjoyed a resurgence under coach Benni McCarthy.

Usuthu are on a three-game winning streak in the league. They also progressed to the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup thanks to a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Arrows last Saturday.

DSTV PREMIERSHIP WEEKEND FIXTURES

Friday

Stellenbosch vs Golden Arrows (Danie Craven Stadium, 5pm) 

Maritzburg United vs Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (Harry Gwala Stadium, 5pm)  

 Saturday

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Chippa United (Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium, 3pm)

SuperSport United vs Cape Town City (Lucas Moripe Stadium, 5pm)

 Sunday

Swallows vs AmaZulu (Dobsonville Stadium, 3.30pm)


 
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Daniel Mothowagae 

Deputy sports editor

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Daniel.Mothowagae@citypress.co.za
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