PREVIEW: Platinum Stars vs Sundowns

Telkom Knockout

Stars booked their place in the quarterfinals with a 2-0 home win over Maritzburg United in the previous round, thanks to goals from Henrico Botes and Robert Ng’ambi.

Dikwena have played 12 Telkom Knockout matches since the tournament’s inception in 2006, recording five wins, three draws and four defeats. They have won one of the three penalty shootouts they have been involved in.

Their best showing in the Telkom Knockout era is winning the tournament in 2006. Since then, however, they have only once progressed beyond the last 16.

In League Cup history, Stars also reached the final in 2003, but were beaten 2-0 by Kaizer Chiefs. At that stage they were still known as Silver Stars.

Sundowns avenged their loss in last season’s Telkom Knockout final to Bloemfontein Celtic by defeating the outgoing champions 4-0 away from home. Khama Billiat scored a brace for the Tshwane side.

The Tshwane team has played 18 Telkom Knockout matches since the tournament’s inception in 2006, recording 11 wins, two draws and five defeats. They have lost both of the penalty shootouts they have been involved in.

The Brazilians have twice reached the final in the Telkom Knockout era (2007/08 & 2012/13), but failed to claim the trophy on either occasion.

In League Cup history, Downs have won the tournament twice (1990 & 1999) and ended as runners-up four times (1997, 1998, 2007 & 2012).

In head-to-head stats, Stars and Sundowns have met in four previous cup clashes. Dikwena boast two outright wins, while the Brazilians have one outright victory and one via a penalty shootout.

The teams’ most recent cup clash was in the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup last season. Stars came from behind to win 2-1 away from home.

Dikwena and Downs have met once before in the Telkom Knockout: a 2010/11 last 16 clash that the Tshwane team won 1-0 away from home.

Overall, the teams have clashed in 25 matches across all competitions since 2003/04. Each club has claimed eight wins and there have been nine draws.

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