Sundowns eye nine-point lead


In what will be their 50th game across all competitions this year, high-flying Masandawana will look to add to their current seven-match unbeaten run as they face an inconsistent Cape Town City side in Pretoria.

Off the back of four wins in a row, the Brazilians are South Africa’s in-form club, topping the Absa Premiership table despite playing two games less than closest rivals Kaizer Chiefs.

Even though they’ve played 180 minutes less, Sundowns already top the goalscoring charts with 23 league goals in their 13 games so far – and have scored 10 in their last four games – having conceded just nine, which is joint-second, one behind Maritzburg United’s measly tally of eight.

City, meanwhile, snapped a four-game winless streak with a narrow 1-0 win over AmaZulu last time out to lift them up to fifth on the league table, seven points behind tonight’s rivals. Having won just two out of their last ten matches across all competitions, Benni McCarthy’s men have missed numerous chances to be further up the table, but could see out 2017 in second place on the log, should they be able to get the better of the 2016 Champions League winners tonight.

A worry for City will be the 15 goals they’ve conceded so far this season, seven of those in the last three games, as they’ll have their hands full trying to contain a red-hot Percy Tau, who has six league goals and three assists to his name.

City will be buoyed by their only two previous meetings against Downs, both in the league last season, where they emerged victorious 1-0 at home and 2-1 in Pretoria. All three goals were however scored by former skipper Lebogang Manyama, who has since moved to Konyaspor in Turkey.

Kick-off at Loftus Versveld is set for 19h30.