Downs, Wits out to keep winning streaks

WITH only a handful of sides remaining unbeaten so far in the Absa Premiership, Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns will put their unbeaten record on the line when they meet at the Loftus Stadium tomorrow evening, kick-off is at 6pm.

Both sides have played, won and drawn the same number of games so far in the league and ultimately are sitting on the same number of points, and are just separated by goal difference on the standings.

Sundowns come into this match after a thrilling 2-2 draw against Ajax Cape Town in midweek where they took the lead, but fell behind and needed a late goal to salvage a point.

The Tshwane side are placed fifth on the Absa Premiership log with eight points from four matches.

They have played just one home match so far this season, a 1-1 draw against Platinum Stars and their coach Pitso Mosimane says that they will be going for all three points in their next match after two successive draws in the last two league matches.

“All the teams we are going to face whether home or away are not going to be open, they are going to try and be compact and won’t allow us to go easy,” said the former Bafana Bafana coach regarding his next match.

“Our job is to try and break the compactness, but we will be vulnerable to counter attacks.

“We have to play in the opponent’s half, if they hit us on a counter it is fine because we realise that it is our life and the way we play.

“People will sit back when they play against us and I won’t be sitting back whether I play home or away.”

Wits head into this match after a fortunate 1-1 draw with AmaZulu in midweek where a late howler from Usuthu keeper Tapuwa Kapini resulted in both teams sharing the spoils.

The men from Johannesburg are situated in sixth position on the log standings with eight points from their four matches.

Their coach Gavin Hunt is hoping to pick his first three points on the road as mentor of the Clever Boys, having taken charge at the start of the season.

Hunt hopes to get some of his injured and unregistered players back in time for the crunch match as he fine tunes his new side.

“We’ll get better as we go along, especially when we get more players back fit,” said the former SuperSport United coach.

“We have to be better with the final ball; there are a lot of situations which we should handle better.”

“We are still a new team and we will gel as we move along.”

‘Downs have a strong home record against Wits, with 16 wins and just four losses from 27 matches. Last season the Brazilians took four points off the Clever Boys, winning 2-0 in Johannesburg before a 2-2 draw in the return game in Pretoria.

The rest of the fixtures are:

Tomorrow: Moroka Swallows v Maritzburg United (Dobsonville, 3pm), Kaizer Chiefs v Platinum Stars (FNB, 8.15pm), AmaZulu v SuperSport United (Moses Mabhida, 8.15pm)


Sunday: University of Pretoria v Golden Arrows (Tuks, 3pm) and Polokwane City v Ajax Cape Town (Peter Mokaba, 3pm)

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