TKO preview: Celtic vs Sundowns

Telkom Knockout

Kick-off at Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium is set for 3pm.

Celtic come into the game off the back of successive draws against Kaizer Chiefs and Black Aces in the League. They have won just one match so far this season.

Sundowns, by contrast, are unbeaten in the League and recorded an impressive 2-1 home win over Bidvest Wits last time out.

Celtic enjoyed a glorious run to the Telkom Knockout trophy last season, defeating Chippa United, Orlando Pirates, Free State Stars and Sundowns en-route to lifting the trophy.

The Bloemfontein side have played 14 Telkom Knockout matches since the tournament’s inception in 2006, recording five wins, four draws and five defeats. They have won three of the four penalty shoot-outs they have been involved in.

Winning the tournament last year was Celtic’s best achievement in the Telkom Knockout era and League Cup history overall, as they had never previously even reached the final.

Sundowns eliminated University of Pretoria, AmaZulu and SuperSport United in last year’s Telkom Knockout, before tasting defeat in the Final against Celtic.

The Tshwane team has played 17 Telkom Knockout matches since the tournament’s inception in 2006, recording 10 wins, two draws and five defeats. They have lost both of the penalty shoot-outs they have been involved in.

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

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

In head-to-head stats, Celtic and Sundowns have met in 10 cup clashes since 1985.

The Brazilians have claimed seven wins compared to just three for Phunya Sele Sele, but it was the team from Bloemfontein who had the last laugh.

Celtic won 1-0 in last year’s Final thanks to a goal from Botswana attacker Joel Mogorosi, sealing their first Telkom Knockout and a first cup win over Downs in the 21st century.

Overall, the teams have clashed in 61 matches across all competitions since 1985.

Sundowns have won more than twice as often as Celtic in the rivalry, recording 32 wins to 14. The teams have drawn 15 times, but never in a cup game.

The Bloemfontein team are generally regarded as one of the toughest to beat at home, but they have actually struggled to win when hosting Sundowns, claiming just nine wins from 30 matches.

Their last home win over the Brazilians in either League or cup competition was back in the 2005/06 season.

The teams have already met once this season and it was Downs who emerged victorious, winning 3-1 in Bloemfontein on the opening weekend.

Match details from the teams’ most recent meeting, a League match at Free State Stadium on 4 August, 2013:

Bloemfontein Celtic (0) 1 (Mogorosi 90 pen)

Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 3 (Kekana 23 Malajila 62 Modise 72 pen)

Celtic: Tignyemb, Mahoa, Nthethe, Letlabika, Mzava, Lakay (Buchanan 82), Arwuah, Mogorosi, Motlhaping, Gamildien (Ntanga 68), Mutuma (Leonard 46)

Sundowns: Mweene, Arendse, Langerman, Schut, Moon, Wome (Moriri 73), Kekana, Modise, Zungu (Mphahlele 46), Laffor, Malajila (Mashego 73)

                                                                                                                                   

Previous cup meetings

Season           Cup                                         Result                                                Scorers

 

1987               Mainstay 2nd round             Celtic 2-1 Sundowns Saila 2; Cheou

1988               JPS quarter-final                   Sundowns 2-1 Celtic Chafunya 2 (1 pen); Saila

1989               Bob Save quarter-final         Sundowns 3-1 Celtic Chitja, Legodi, Nakhumwa; Dandize

1993               Coca-Cola quarter-final        Sundowns 0-1 Celtic Skosana

1996/97        Coca-Cola 1st round             Celtic 0-1 Sundowns Masinga

1999/00        Rothmans qfinal, 1st leg       Celtic 2-3 Sundowns Nikane, Matsau (pen); Mnguni 2, Shai

1999/00        Rothmans quarter-final, 2nd leg     Sundowns 3-1 Celtic Mudau, Shai, Amougou; Vries

2007/08        SAA Supa8 quarter-final      Sundowns 4-1 Celtic Moriri, Mhlongo, Leremi, Ngwenya;

Mahlatsi

2011/12        MTN8 quarter-final              Sundowns 1-0 Celtic Khenyeza

2012/13        Telkom KO final                    Sundowns 0-1 Celtic Mogorosi

 

                        P          W        D         L          GF       GA

Sundowns     10       7          0          3          18       10

Celtic              10       3          0          7          10       18

 

Last 10 League meetings

 

Season           Result                                                Scorers

 

2008/09        Sundowns 1-0 Celtic Moriri

2009/10        Celtic 0-2 Sundowns Khenyeza, Katongo

2009/10        Sundowns 0-0 Celtic

2010/11        Celtic 1-1 Sundowns Mshengu; Mphela

2010/11        Sundowns 3-1 Celtic Mushekwi 3 (1 pen); Oersen (pen)

2011/12        Sundowns 2-1 Celtic Mushekwi, Pelembe; Mathoho

2011/12        Celtic 0-0 Sundowns

2012/13        Celtic 0-1 Sundowns Henyekane

2012/13        Sundowns 0-1 Celtic Gamildien

2013/14        Celtic 1-3 Sundowns Mogorosi (pen); Kekana, Malajila, Modise (pen)

 

Head-to-Head

(All competitions, since 1985)

Home                                    

                        P          W        D         L          GF       GA

Celtic              30       9          8          13       23       33

Sundowns     30       19       7          4          46       32

 

Away

                        P          W        D         L          GF       GA

Celtic              30       4          7          19       32       46

Sundowns     30       13       8          9          33       23

 

Neutral

                        P          W        D         L          GF       GA

Celtic              1          1          0          0          1          0

Sundowns     1          0          0          1          0          1

 

Total 

                        P          W        D         L          GF       GA

Celtic              61       14       15       32       56       79

Sundowns     61       32       15       14       79       56

 

Telkom Knockout history (since 2006/07)

Bloemfontein Celtic

Season           Round                                    Result                                                scorers

2006/07        Last 16                       S Stars 1-1* Celtic                 Sikhakhane

2007/08        Last 16                       Celtic 1-1** Leopards           Amofah

2007/08        quarter-final              AmaZulu 0-1 Celtic               Goldstone

2007/08        semi-final                   Celtic 0-1 Chiefs

2008/09        Last 16                       Celtic 5-0 Santos                   Malokase 3, Mayambela, Mmethi

2008/09        quarter-final              SuperSport 2-2*** Celtic      Isaacs (og), Salmon (og)

2008/09        semi-final                   Celtic 0-3 Pirates

2009/10        Last 16                       Pirates 1-0 Celtic

2010/11        Last 16                       Celtic 1-2 Maritzburg           Bacela

2011/12        Last 16                       Cosmos 3-0 Celtic

2012/13        Last 16                       Chippa 1-2 Celtic                  Isaacs, Motshegwa

2012/13        quarter-final              Celtic 3-3****Pirates             Bacela (pen), Gamildien, Mogorosi

2012/13        semi-final                   FS Stars 2-3 Celtic                 Madubanya, Manzini, Mogorosi

2012/13        Final                            Sundowns 0-1 Celtic Mogorosi

(*Stars won 4-3 on penalties)

(**Celtic won 5-4 on penalties)

(***Celtic won 6-5 on penalties)

(****Celtic won 5-3 on penalties)

 

P          W        D         L          GF       GA

14       5          4          5          20       20

 

Best result: Champions (2012/13)

Leading scorers: Malokase & Mogorosi (3 goals each)

 

Mamelodi Sundowns

Season           Round                                    Result                                                scorers

2006/07        Last 16                       Sundowns 2-1 AmaZulu       Moriri 2

2006/07        quarter-final              Sundowns 3-1 Leopards      Kannemeyer, Moriri, Chabangu

2006/07        semi-final                   Ajax 1-1* Sundowns Torrealba      

2007/08        Last 16                       Sundowns 3-0 Arrows          Chabangu 2, Sheppard

2007/08        quarter-final              Sundowns 3-1 Thanda RZ   Chabangu 2, Ndlovu

2007/08        semi-final                   FS Stars 1-2 Sundowns        Apataki, Ndlovu

2007/08        Final                            Sundowns 0-0** Chiefs

2008/09        Last 16                       Sundowns 0-1 Bay United   Ncaca

2009/10        Last 16                       FS Stars 3-4 Sundowns        Vilakazi 2, Khenyeza, Carelse (og)

2009/10        quarter-final              Sundowns 0-1 Chiefs

2010/11        Last 16                       P Stars 0-1 Sundowns          Mushekwi

2010/11        quarter-final              Maritzburg 2-0 Sundowns

2011/12        Last 16                       Swallows 3-0 Sundowns

2012/13        Last 16                       Sundowns 1-0 U Pretoria    Laffor

2012/13        quarter-final              AmaZulu 0-2 Sundowns       Rodgers, Modise (pen)

2012/13        semi-final                   SuperSport 0-1 Sundowns  Rodgers

2012/13        Final                            Sundowns 0-1 Celtic

(*Ajax won 5-3 on penalties)

(**Chiefs won 3-2 on penalties)

 

P          W        D         L          GF       GA

17       10       2          5          23       16

 

Best result: Runners-up (2007/08 & 2012/13)

Leading scorer: Chabangu (5 goals)

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