PREVIEW: SuperSport vs Moroka Swallows

Telkom Knockout

SuperSport progressed to the last eight thanks to a 2-1 home win over Ajax Cape Town in the previous round, with a Sibusiso Khumalo strike and an own-goal from Thulani Hlatshwayo handing them the victory.

The Tshwane side has played 14 Telkom Knockout matches since the tournament’s inception in 2006, recording six wins, three draws and five defeats. They have won one of the three penalty shootouts they have been involved in.

Matsatsantsa’s best showing in the Telkom Knockout era was reaching the last four in 2012.

In League Cup history, SuperSport have twice reached the final (2004 & 2005) but lost on both occasions.

Swallows reached the quarterfinals thanks to a 1-0 home win over University of Pretoria in the previous round, with Edward Manqele netting the decisive goal.

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

The Birds’ best showing in the Telkom Knockout era is reaching the quarterfinals, a feat they have now achieved four times (2006/07, 2008/09, 2011/12 & 2013/14).

In League Cup history, Swallows have twice reached the final (1986 & 1989), but ended as runners-up on both occasions.

In head-to-head stats, SuperSport and Swallows have met in eight previous cup matches. The Birds have three wins compared to two for Matsatsantsa, and there have been three draws. Each side has one penalty shootout win to their name.

The teams met in two cup matches just last season. Swallows beat United 2-1 in the Final of the MTN8, but Matsatsantsa claimed revenge with a penalty shootout win over their opponents in the first round of the Nedbank Cup.

Overall, the teams have clashed in 54 matches across all competitions since 1990. United have 20 wins compared to 17 for the Birds, while 17 matches have been drawn.

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