MTN8 Preview: Wits, SuperSport renew their rivalry in the MTN8

MTN8 Preview: Wits, SuperSport renew their rivalry in the MTN8
Robyn Johannes (Bidvest Wits) and Aubrey Modiba (Supersport) during the 2019 MTN8 Launch at the Park on 7, Hyde Park on 07 August 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Aug 16, 2019. 14:00

Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United will renew their rivalry when they meet in a 2019 MTN8 quarterfinal clash at Bidvest Stadium on Sunday 18 August, kick-off at 18h00.

Wits come into the game on the back of a 1-0 win away to Polokwane City in a midweek league clash. Deon Hotto scored the only goal as the Johannesburg side picked up a second victory in three matches at the start of the campaign.

The Clever Boys are three-time champions in the MTN8, with their most recent triumph arriving in 2016. The Johannesburg side missed the competition last term, meaning their latest appearance was in 2017 when they got as far as the semifinals before losing 3-1 on aggregate to eventual runners-up Cape Town City.

SuperSport appear to be in prime form ahead of this cup clash, having thrashed Orlando Pirates 3-0 in a midweek league match. Bradley Grobler (two) and Ghampani Lungu netted the goals for the Tshwane side.

Matsatsantsa have won the MTN8 twice and were champions as recently as 2017. Last year they reached the final for the second successive season but were beaten 4-1 on penalties by Cape Town City (after the teams drew 1-1 after extra time).

In head-to-head stats, Wits and SuperSport have met in nine cup matches dating back to the early 1990s and Matsatsantsa have certainly enjoyed the rivalry: the Tshwane side has claimed five outright wins compared to just one for their Johannesburg counterparts, while three matches have been drawn. The three stalemates have all gone to penalties, with two wins for United and one for Wits.

However, the Johannesburg side’s lone cup win arrived in the clubs’ most recent knockout clash: a quarterfinal in the 2015 MTN8 which Wits won 3-1 at home.

Overall, the teams have crossed swords in 63 league and cup matches, with United boasting 22 wins compared to 19 for the Clever Boys. Last season Matsatsantsa took four points off Wits in their two league meetings, winning 1-0 in Johannesburg in August 2018, while the return game in Tshwane in April 2019 ended 1-1.

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