PREVIEW: Ajax CT v Mamelodi Sundowns


The Urban Warriors, with one point from three games, suffered a fresh set-back last Friday, with Travis Graham damaging his knee in a 1-0 loss to Bidvest Wits.

While Graham is expected to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines, fellow midfielders Lance Davids and Franklin Cale, and centre-back Thulani Hlatshwayo might return from their respective knocks.

Ertugral, though, may be forced to deploy defender Abbubakar Mobara alongside Granwald Scott in the engine room, while young Bantu Mzwakali could also make his debut.

The Turkish mentor does, however, have new signings Anssi Jaakkola, Ritus Krjauklis and Stelio Ernesto at his disposal, with the foreign trio recently receiving their work permits.

The visitors, meanwhile, can move top of the standings if they win handsomely in the Mother City and results go their way.

Pitso Mosimane's charges, 1-0 victors over Golden Arrows last time out, boast seven points from three games - three points behind pace-setting neighbours SuperSport United.

In Downs team news, Anthony Laffor is back in contention after serving a suspension, as is former Black Leopards forward Rodney Ramagalela and Zambian recruit Mukuka Mulenga, who have both shaken off their respective knocks.

Notably, Brazilians attacker Khama Billiat is in line to face his former employers for the first time since switching alliances last month.