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SuperSport United v Mamelodi Sundowns

SuperSport United will no doubt hope to avenge their opening day defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in the league when they face the Brazilians in Sunday's MTN8 semi-final first leg.

Sundowns were too good for United on the opening day as they won 2-0, courtesy of strikes from Sibusiso Khumalo and Themba Zwane.

SuperSport have since won three of their last four matches which includes back-to-back 3-0 thrashings of Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits.

Meanwhile, the Brazilians are also in good form having not been beaten yet in the Premiership while also securing safe passage to the next round of the CAF Champions League.

Never one to ever forget the expectations he faces at Chloorkop in terms of winning silverware or facing the sack if he does not do so, coach Pitso Mosimane desperately wants to claim the MTN8 as next year it is the club's 50th year anniversary.

He said recently: "That is the club's vision and we have to follow it, but that also creates pressure on the team to say it is our 50th anniversary and you would like to win the league to get the 10th one, and last year you finished in the semi-finals so you might as well go to the finals and when you are in the final you might as well win it. That is the pressure that comes with the 50th celebration."

Downs are currently struggling with a lengthy injury list as Rivaldo Coetzee, Phakamani Mahlambi, Thapelo Morena, Oupa Manyisa and Anthony Laffor are all doubtful with an assortment of knocks. United have reported no new injury concerns.

Kickoff in the Tshwane derby is from 15:00 at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Pretoria.