City look to dent Sundowns’ title hopes

City look to dent Sundowns’ title hopes
Leandro Sirino of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Keanu Cupido of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City at the Loftus Versveld Stadium, Pretoria on the 27 February 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Mar 04, 2019. 13:00

Cape Town City will look to dent Mamelodi Sundowns’ title hopes when the teams meet at Athlone Stadium on 5 Match 2019, kick-off at 19h30.

City claimed a second win from their last three league matches (which have produced a combined total of 15 goals) when they came from two down to defeat Bidvest Wits 3-2 in Johannesburg on March 2.

The Citizens have claimed 21 points from 11 home matches this season, with their last result as hosts a 3-2 win over Maritzburg United on February 23.

Sundowns played to a third draw from their last three league matches when they were held 0-0 at home by Bloemfontein Celtic. The Tshwane side has won just two of their last six Premiership outings.

The Brazilians have claimed 21 points from nine away matches this season, with their last result on the road a 1-1 draw at Bidvest Wits on February 23.

In head-to-head stats, Sundowns and City have met in five league matches since the 2016/17 season. The Citizens have claimed three wins compared to two for the Brazilians, while zero games have been drawn. The Cape side has recorded one win and one defeat in their two home matches in the rivalry.

This will be the teams’ second league meeting in less than a week, with Sundowns claiming a 3-2 home win at Loftus Stadium on February 27, thanks to goals from Lebohang Maboe, Anthony Laffor and Phakamani Mahlambi.

City’s line-up from their 3-2 win over Wits on March 2: Leeuwenburgh, Mngonyama, Cupido (Mkhize 68'), Seedat, Fielies, Kewuti, Ralani, David (Links 59'), Mokeke, Erasmus, Norodien (Graham 77').

Sundowns’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Celtic on March 2: Mweene, Ngcongca, Coetzee, Nascimento, Langerman (Lakay 74’), Laffor, Kekana, Mabunda, Zwane, Sirino (Tade 75’), Maboe (Mahlambi 85’).

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