Mphela: Sundowns favourites to get past SuperSport

Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former South Africa international Katlego Mphela believes Mamelodi Sundowns will have enough to get past SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup.

The Tshwane rivals will clash at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday to compete for a place in the round of 16.

The Brazilians are unbeaten in their last three games across all competitions while United lost at Golden Arrows in their most recent outing.

"There's a lot of rivalry between the two teams and it will be a nice game to watch. A Tshwane derby is always great to watch and this one is special because it's a cup game," Mphela told Goal.

"I think considering the fact that Sundowns recently won the league match will push SuperSport to fight to win this one. SuperSport are the cup kings of note and they will want to prove their worth.

"We will remember SuperSport beat Sundowns in the MTN8 and Sundowns will also want to prove they can erase that defeat."

Matsatsantsa have an impressive record in domestic cup competitions and have claimed five Nedbank Cup trophies over the years, but Mphela still reckons it will be Sundowns who reign supreme.

"I think SuperSport can bounce back, we know PSL football is challenging and we must consider the fact that Tembo has a number of youngsters in the team," he added.

"Dealing with youngsters is different and challenging for a coach like Tembo. However, they are doing well if you look at their achievements, they play attractive football and the boys are learning - they are on the right path.

"In my opinion though, I give this one to Sundowns. They have the edge based on the quality and experience of their players.

"On the other hand, we can't compare the two coaches. Pitso is experienced, he can plan better and he knows what to do but they know they can't undermine SuperSport. I give this one to Sundowns."

- TeamTalk Media

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