Chiefs look to dent Sundowns’ title defence

Chiefs look to dent Sundowns’ title defence
Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at the Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on the 19 November 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Mar 31, 2017. 14:00

Kaizer Chiefs will look to dent the Absa Premiership title defence of Mamelodi Sundowns when the teams meet at FNB Stadium on 1 April 2017, kick-off at 20h15.

Chiefs played to a third successive draw in the league when they were held 2-2 at Baroka FC on March 18.

The Soweto side has claimed 21 points from 11 home matches this season.

The Amakhosi are placed fourth on the Absa Premiership log with 36 points from 21 matches.

Sundowns extended their winless run in the league to three matches by being held 0-0 at home by Polokwane City on March 14.

The Tshwane side has claimed 14 points from eight away matches this season.

The Brazilians are placed fifth on the Absa Premiership log with 34 points from 17 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Sundowns have met in 63 league matches since 1985.

The Amakhosi have 25 wins compared to 20 for the Brazilians, while 18 matches have been drawn.

Chiefs have won 16 of their 31 home league matches against ‘Downs, suffering five defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, the Brazilians claimed a 2-1 home win in Tshwane.

Chiefs have failed to win any of their last three home league matches against ‘Downs.

Chiefs’ line-up from their 2-2 draw with Baroka: Khune, Mphahlele, Mathoho, Cardoso, Masilela, Katsande, Baloyi, Molangoane (Lebese 75’), Tshabalala, Chirambadare (Twala 69’), Parker (Paez 72’).

Sundowns’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Polokwane: Mweene, Hachi, Nascimento, Soumahoro, Ngcongca, Kekana, Mohomi (Modise 54'), Vilakazi (Laffor 43'), Zwane, Tau, Castro (Zakri 71').

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