Mamelodi Sundowns v Kaizer Chiefs – Sunday 1 May – Loftus Stadium, Pretoria (15:00)
The PSL returns this weekend as the top four teams head into the final stretch wanting to collect maximum points from their remaining games as the title race hottens up. In the biggest match of the weekend Mamelodi Sundowns will host Kaizer Chiefs in a match that could end either teams title hopes. Sundowns are just 5 points behind leaders Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town with a game in hand while Chiefs are just 3 points off the leaders.
Sundowns have made a tremendous turnaround after suffering a drop in form that made most think that they were out the title race. The Brazilians are in great form having won 4 matches in a row before drawing their last match 4-4 with Ajax Cape Town. Undoubtedly one of Sundowns’ key players has been Katlego Mphela. His runs nxxx
His electric runs on the right, similar to the goal he scored for Bafana against Egypt, have been a trademark for the striker and Sundowns will be looking to get “killer” on the ball as often as they can in this big game. He is confident in overtaking opponent striker Knowledge Musona who has 1 more goal than Mphela’s 12 as the top scorer in the league and coming head to head with Musona could inspire Mphela’s performance here. Teko Modise will also want to give a good performance against his ex team’s bitter rivals. Playing at home will be an advantage for Downs as Pretoria has served them well so far this season. They have only lost 2 matches at home while scoring 30 goals in 13 matches, which is double the amount they have scored away in the same amount of matches.
Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to put their Nedbank Cup disappointment behind them and focus on their 3 remaining league games. Chiefs were shockingly beaten 2-1 by Vodacom League side Baroka FC. The minnows are on a giant killing spree after having already beaten Moroka Swallows in the last 16. Despite striker Knowledge Musona netting first just after the half-hour mark and sending signals of a possible massacre, the third tier side came from behind to record a well deserved win. Chiefs’ last league match saw them send Black Aces down to keep their title hopes alive, beating the relegation bound side 2-0. Similarly Amakhosi’s league form has also been excellent after being ruled out early as title contenders. Chiefs are now unbeaten in 15 matches, their last league loss coming at the hands of 2nd placed Ajax Cape Town on the 14th of January. However 9 of those 15 matches ended in draws and Chiefs will need to improve in this final stretch of the league campaign as far as attacking is concerned if they hope to win the title.
Chiefs got the first round win 1-0 against Sundowns at home in what was a tight affair. Both teams will be hungry for the 3 points this time out but they could well cancel each other out. The draw is tipped.