City, SuperSport set for Sunday battle

City, SuperSport set for Sunday battle
Jabu Maluleke of Polokwane City during 2018 Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Polokwane City at Bidvest Wits Stadium in Johannesburg ,South Africa on 21 September 2018 ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Oct 19, 2018. 13:25

Polokwane City and SuperSport United will battle in the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout when they meet at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday, 21 October 2018, kick-off at 15h30.

Polokwane come into the game on the back of a 1-0 away win over Kaizer Chiefs in their last outing before the international break. The Limpopo side has put together a run of six unbeaten matches (including four wins).

Rise and Shine have never won the Telkom Knockout nor reached the final, but last year they got as far as the semifinals before succumbing on penalties to Bloemfontein Celtic (after a 1-1 draw).

SuperSport come into the game having played to a goalless draw away to Baroka FC in their last match before the international break. The Tshwane side has failed to win any of their last three outings, including the MTN8 final last month.

Matsatsantsa won their only Telkom Knockout title in 2014 and last year they were eliminated in the first round, suffering a penalty shootout loss to Bloemfontein Celtic (after a 2-2 draw).

Polokwane and SuperSport have met in two previous cup matches, and the Tshwane team has won on both occasions. United triumphed 4-1 in the first round of the 2015 Nedbank Cup, and 2-1 in the last 16 of the 2016 Telkom Knockout.

Overall, the teams have clashed in 13 matches across all competitions since 2013/14. SuperSport have six wins compared to two for City, while five games have been drawn. The teams met in a league match earlier this month and played out a 1-1 draw in Polokwane, with goals from Ayanda Nkili and Aubrey Modiba.

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