Downs dominate Chiefs in combined XI

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Mamelodi Sundowns would have no less than nine representatives to dominate a combined XI with Kaizer Chiefs, based on their current estimated transfer values.

Chiefs and Sundowns will square off in a highly anticipated Absa Premiership encounter at Orlando Stadium on Thursday evening (18h00).

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The two will battle not only for three points and bragging rights but are also locked in the league championship race, where they are currently separated by just three points.

In a combined most valuable line-up, The Brazilians, who are known to boast the financial muscle, would have no less than eight or nine players included, while Amakhosi would have just two or three players, according to transfermarkt.com.

It must be noted that transfer values are converted from Euros to Rands at the current exchange rate, so they may look high based on South Africa's ailing national currency.

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Veteran campaigners Itumeleng Khune and Denis Onyango vie for the number-one jersey as both have an estimated transfer value of R16-million.

In defence, Thapelo Morena leads the rankings with an impressive market value of R22-million and is the second most valuable player in the combined XI, with Daniel Cardoso, Anele Ngcongca and Mosa Lebusa making up the backline.

The Tshwane outfit further dominate the midfield, with former Chiefs star George Maluleka, who recently made the switch to Chloorkop, included at an estimated cost of R13-million, alongside new teammates Andile Jali, Gaston Sirino and Themba Zwane.

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Up front, Zimbabwean superstar Khama Billiat is the most valuable player at R29.9-million and partners Sibusiso Vilakazi, who has been operating as a centre-forward under coach Pitso Mosimane.

Those on the bench would include Daniel Akpeyi (R12-million), Rivaldo Coetzee (R12-million), Ricardo Nascimento (R11-million), Tiyani Mabunda (R11-million), Lebogang Maboe (R14.5-million), Lyle Lakay (R13-million) and Mauricio Affonso (R13-million).

Amakhosi's star striker this season Samir Nurkovic (R9.5-million), who is suspended for the clash against Sundowns, is still not rated too highly by the overseas website despite scoring 14 goals.

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