‘Downs look to keep up the pace

‘Downs look to keep up the pace
Leonardo Castro (r) of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Cole Alexander (l) during the Absa Premiership match between Polokwane City and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa on April 13, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by BackPageTXT

Thursday Apr 14, 2016. 12:20

Mamelodi Sundowns will target another three Absa Premiership points when they host Jomo Cosmos at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 16 April 2016, kick-off at 18h00.

Sundowns claimed their 17th league victory of the season when they defeated Polokwane 3-1 away on April 13.

The Tshwane side has claimed 29 points from 12 home matches this season.

The Brazilians are placed first on the Absa Premiership log with 55 points from 24 matches.

Cosmos suffered a fourth loss from their last five league matches when they were beaten 1-0 at home by Bidvest Wits on April 13.

The Potchefstroom-based side has claimed five points from 12 away matches this season.

Ezenkosi are placed 15th on the Absa Premiership log with 20 points from 24 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Cosmos and Sundowns have met in 49 league matches since 1985.

The Brazilians have claimed 19 wins compared to 14 for Ezenkosi, while 16 matches have been drawn.

Sundowns have won 10 of their 24 home league matches against Cosmos, suffering six defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season in Potchefstroom, the Brazilians claimed a 2-0 away win.

Ezenkosi’s last league win over ‘Downs arrived in the second half of the 2009/10 season.

Sundowns’ line-up from their 3-1 win over Polokwane: Onyango (Mweene 83’), Mphahlele, Langerman, Nthethe, Arendse, Mabunda (Modise 75’), Bangaly, Zwane, Dolly (Mashego 78’), Billiat, Castro.

Cosmos’ line-up from their 1-0 loss to Wits: Naicker, Nsabiyumva, Mthembu, Zulu, Mashumba, Monare, Mntambo, Kumalo (Aka 88'), Madonsela (Maluleke 58'), Mngomezulu, Madolo (Makobela 67').

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