Sundowns take aim at high-flying Baroka

Sundowns take aim at high-flying Baroka
Anele Ngcongca of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Chippa United and Mamelodi Sundowns at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth on 25 November 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Dec 04, 2017. 09:30

Mamelodi Sundowns will take aim at high-flying Baroka FC when the teams meet in an Absa Premiership clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 5 December 2015, kick-off at 19h30.

Sundowns played to their first draw of the season when they were held 0-0 at Chippa United on November 25. Prior to that, the Tshwane side had claimed back-to-back wins at Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits to spark a significant rise up the log table.

The Brazilians, however, have a poor record at home this season, losing all three games in which they have played hosts: Polokwane City, AmaZulu and Kaizer Chiefs have all come away from Tshwane with a haul of three points.

Baroka have gone five league matches without a win after they were held 2-2 at home by Platinum Stars on November 26. The Limpopo side twice fought back from a goal down, and continue to lead the log, but they will be concerned at not having won a match since late September.

Bakgaga have performed strongly away from home this season, with three wins and three draws from six matches on the road. Their last win in the league arrived in an away game, as they defeated Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 on September 30.

In head-to-head stats, Sundowns and Baroka have met in just two previous league matches. Both of those encounters took place last season, with the Brazilians claiming a 1-0 away win in Polokwane, while the return game ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Sundowns’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Chippa on November 25: Onyango, Langerman, Soumahoro, Ngcongca, Madisha, Billiat (Zakri 85’), Kekana (Zwane 74’), Mabunda, Vilakazi (Laffor 74’), Manyisa, Tau.

Baroka’s line-up from their 2-2 draw with Stars on November 26: Vries, Shaku, Masenamela, Chawapihwa (Macha 66’), Banda,Moeti (Kgaswane 55’), Kgoetyane, Ntshangase (Mosele 84’), Madubanya, Mdantsane, Ngalande.

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