Birds face Sundowns at home

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Swallows head coach Brandon Truter.
Swallows head coach Brandon Truter.
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Swallows FC will play host to the newly-crowned 2020-21 DStv Premiership champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday at 5 pm.

Swallows set a new record for the most draws in a single top-flight season – 18 – when they were held 0-0 at home by Stellenbosch FC on May 18.

“Another record, [we were the] first team to win the GladAfrica Championship. [Now we’re the] first team to draw 18 games, I will take it. It’s not a good one but it’s a record. I hope it gets broken sooner than later.’’
Swallows head coach, Brandon Truter

It was the Soweto side’s sixth successive draw.

The Birds have claimed 23 points from 13 home matches this season. They are the only remaining team with an unbeaten home record this season.

“Another record, [we were the] first team to win the GladAfrica Championship. [Now we’re the] first team to draw 18 games, I will take it. It’s not a good one but it’s a record. I hope it gets broken sooner than later,’’ said Swallows head coach Brandon Truter.

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“It gets tougher next, we have Sundowns and then AmaZulu. We will sit down, recover and get fresh legs on the park against Sundowns — hopefully they are champions by the time we play them!”

Sundowns sealed an unprecedented fourth successive league title — and 11th in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) era — when they defeated Tshwane rivals SuperSport United 3-1 at home on Wednesday with goals from Lebohang Maboe, Aubrey Modiba and Themba Zwane.

“Up until now there was only one game where we didn’t dominate possession. That was the game against Cape Town City away. But we still won that game 2-0. All the matches that we’ve played in the Premiership, we’ve dominated.”
Sundowns co-coach, Manqoba Mngqithi

The Brazilians have claimed 31 points from 13 away matches this season, with their last result on the road a 1-0 win at TS Galaxy earlier this month.

“Up until now there was only one game where we didn’t dominate possession. That was the game against Cape Town City away. But we still won that game 2-0. All the matches that we’ve played in the Premiership, we’ve dominated,” said Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi.

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