Sundowns look to keep up the pressure

Sundowns look to keep up the pressure
Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Tumelo Mogapi of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Mamelodi Sundowns at Harry Gwala Stadium, Durban South Africa on 14 September 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday May 16, 2017. 08:30

Mamelodi Sundowns will look to keep up the pressure in the race for the Absa Premiership title when they host Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 17 May 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Sundowns played to a second draw in their last three league matches when they were held 2-2 at home by Baroka FC on May 10.

The Tshwane side has claimed 29 points from 14 home matches this season.

The Brazilians are placed second on the Absa Premiership log with 55 points from 28 matches.

Maritzburg have gone two league matches without a win after they were held 0-0 at home by Platinum Stars on May 10.

The KwaZulu-Natal side has claimed 15 points from 14 away matches this season.

The Team of Choice is placed seventh on the Absa Premiership log with 36 points from 28 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Maritzburg and Sundowns have met in 21 league matches since 2005/06.

The Brazilians have 14 wins compared to three for the Team of Choice, while four matches have been drawn.

Sundowns have won seven of their 10 home league matches against United, suffering just one defeat in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season they played to a goalless stalemate in Pietermaritzburg.

It was the first 0-0 between the teams in their 21 league meetings and a first draw since 2014/15.

Sundowns’ line-up from their 2-2 draw with Baroka: Onyango, Mashaba (Hachi 46'), Morena, Nthethe, Madisha, Zakri (Laffor 71'), Mabunda (Soumahoro 61'), Billiat, Zwane, Kekana, Tau.

Maritzburg’s line-up from their 0-0 draw with Stars: Vries, Fransman, Weidlich, Mngonyama, Makaringe, Fileccia (Rusike 46'), Ndlovu, Shandu (Mokate 46'), Maboe, Lentjies (Dlamini 84'), Mekoa.




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