Wits, Sundowns set for title six-pointer

Wits, Sundowns set for title six-pointer
Lebohang Maboe of Mamelodi Sundowns tackled by Simphiwe Hlongwane of Polokwane City during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Polokwane City at the Loftus Versveld Stadium, Pretoria on the 19 February 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Feb 22, 2019. 14:00

Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns will meet for an Absa Premiership title six-pointer at the Bidvest Stadium on 23 February 2019, kick-off at 18h00.

Wits suffered their fifth defeat of the season (and a first away from home) when they were beaten 2-1 at Highlands Park on February 9. The Johannesburg side has won just once in their last four league outings.

The Clever Boys have claimed 16 points from 10 home matches this season, with their last result as hosts a 1-0 win over Maritzburg United in early February.

Sundowns played to their eighth draw of the season when they were held 1-1 at home by Polokwane on February 19. The Tshwane side has won just once in their last three league outings.

The Brazilians boast an excellent away record this season, picking up 20 points from a possible 24. Their last result on the road was a 2-1 win at Highlands Park on January 22.

In head-to-head stats, Wits and Sundowns have met in 66 league matches since 1985. The Brazilians have claimed 36 wins compared to 17 for the Clever Boys, while 13 matches have been drawn. The Johannesburg side has won 13 of their 33 home league matches against their Tshwane counterparts, suffering 16 defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in October 2018, they played out a 1-1 draw, with goals from Hlompho Kekana and Keegan Ritchie. It was a first draw between the teams since October 2014.

Wits’ line-up from their 2-1 loss to Highlands on February 9: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Nonyane, Hlanti, Pelembe, Alexander, Monare (Mere 66’), Hotto, Motupa (Majoro 72’), Murray (Domingo 58’).

Sundowns’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Polokwane on February 19: Onyango, Ngcongca, Arendse (Lebusa 69’), Nascimento, Lakay, Maboe, Kekana, Mabunda, Zwane, Sirino (Mahlambi 90’), Tade (Laffor 84’).

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