Arrows aim to dent Sundowns’ title hopes

Arrows aim to dent Sundowns’ title hopes
Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns in control as he is challenged by Kudakwashe Mahachi of Golden Arrows during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows at Loftus Stadium, Pretoria on 23 November 2016 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Apr 28, 2017. 09:30

Golden Arrows will look to put a dent in Mamelodi Sundowns’ Absa Premiership title hopes when the teams meet at Princess Magogo Stadium on 28 April 2017, kick-off at 20h00.

Arrows suffered a third loss in their last five league matches when they were beaten 3-1 at Polokwane City on April 25.

The Durban side has claimed 19 points from 12 home matches this season.

Abafana Bes’thende are placed eighth on the Absa Premiership log with 31 points from 24 matches.

Sundowns claimed a fourth successive league win when they defeated Ajax Cape Town 2-0 at home on April 25.

The Tshwane side has claimed 20 points from 11 away matches this season.

The Brazilians are placed second on the Absa Premiership log with 47 points from 23 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Arrows and Sundowns have met in 31 league matches since 2000/01.

The Brazilians have 14 wins compared to nine for Abafana Bes’thende, while eight matches have been drawn.

Arrows have won seven of their 15 home league matches against Sundowns, suffering six defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, the Brazilians claimed an emphatic 3-0 home win in Tshwane.

These teams have played to four draws in their last nine league meetings, compared to four stalemates in their first 22 matches.

Arrows’ line-up from their 3-1 loss to Polokwane: Gumede, R. Dlamini, Mngwengwe, Mzava, S. Dube (Msowoya 74’), Bilankulu, Dikgacoi (Mutizwa 60’), Sibeko, Phiri, Mahachi, Lamola (Fikizolo 60’).

Sundowns’ line-up from their 2-0 win over Ajax: Onyango, Langerman (Hachi 67'), Nascimento, Madisha, Morena, Kekana, Mohomi, T.Zwane (Modise 84'), Billiat, Mashaba (Laffor 46'), Tau.

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