MATCH CENTRE

TUE 17 OCTOBER 2017, 19:30, LOFTUS VERSVELD STADIUM

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Sundowns, Chiefs set for heavyweight battle

by Graeme Jackson

Mon October 16, 14:30

Absa Premiership heavyweights Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs will do battle at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on 17 October 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Sundowns claimed a second successive win when they defeated Platinum Stars 1-0 away on October 1. The Tshwane side are placed in the upper reaches of the log despite playing just four matches - their schedule has been affected by their participation in the CAF Champions League, though they were knocked out of the competition last month.

The Brazilians’ only home game so far this season was a 2-1 loss at the hands of Polokwane City back in August and coach Pitso Mosimane will want his side to avoid a similar fate in this high-profile fixture.

Chiefs suffered their second league loss of the season when they were beaten 2-1 at home (in Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium) by league leaders Baroka FC. The Soweto giants had an early lead in the game, but let the chance to claim all three points slip through their fingers.

The Amakhosi have performed strongly away from home this season, claiming seven points from a possible nine on the road. Their last away match was an impressive 2-0 win at Maritzburg United back in September.

In head-to-head stats, Sundowns and Chiefs have met in 64 league matches since 1985. The Amakhosi have claimed 26 wins compared to 20 for the Brazilians, while 18 matches have been drawn. The Tshwane side has claimed 15 wins from their 32 home league matches against the Soweto giants, suffering nine defeats in the process.

Last season each side claimed a home victory over the other: ‘Downs won 2-1 in Tshwane in the first half of the campaign, while Chiefs claimed a victory by the same score in the return game in Soweto. The league meetings of these teams have produced a combined 131 goals down the years.

Sundowns’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Stars on October 1: Brimah, Arendse, Madisha, Morena, Langerman, Mabunda (Nthethe 68'), Kekana, Tau, Vilakazi (Malajila 61'), Zwane, Billiat (Ngcongca 86').

Chiefs’ line-up from their 2-1 loss to Baroka on September 30: Khune, Moleko, Mathoho, Cardoso, Zulu, Maluleka, Meyiwa (Meyiwa 77'), Ekstein, Jayiya (Zuma 60'), Tshabalala, Paez (Parker 37').

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LOFTUS VERSVELD STADIUM
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS
18. Themba Zwane (82') 29. Siyabonga Ngezana (50')
25. Bernard Parker (71')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 1 1
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
36
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
4
Defender
4
Defender
87'
6
Defender
3
Midfielder
8
Defender
23
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
32
Midfielder
78'
27
Midfielder
87'
22
Midfielder
90'
14
Midfielder
52'
11
Midfielder
50'
29
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
31
Midfielder
82'
18
Forward/Striker
71'
90 + 4'
25
Midfielder
66'
73'
73'
13
Forward/Striker
66'
23
SUBSTITUTIONS
Oupa Manyisa
Midfielder
52'
0
Dumisani Zuma
Midfielder
78'
42
George Lebese
Midfielder
87'
17
Edmore Chirambadare
Midfielder
90 + 4'
11
Wiseman Meyiwa
Midfielder
90'
38
CARDS
Tiyani Mabunda
Midfielder
66'
13
Joseph Malongoane
Forward/Striker
66'
23
Tiyani Mabunda
Midfielder
73'
13
Tiyani Mabunda
Midfielder
73'
13
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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