Supersport United v Sundowns
Mamelodi Sundowns know they need to beat Supersport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday if they want to stay in touch with Absa Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
The Brazilians suffered a damaging 1-0 loss to Orlando Pirates on Wednesday evening to lose further ground to the league leaders and will be desperate to get back to winning ways this weekend, even if their coach Pitso Mosimane told the press to "take a chill pill" following the defeat in midweek.
“We want to win the league‚ but how do you win the league? When you’ve got difficult games like this‚” Mosimane said.
"So has Pep [got a gap]. So maybe I should give him a call‚ just to motivate me. Say‚ ‘Hey Pep‚ you are behind Klopp, my friend. What do you do at this point in time?’
“Chiefs are back. But which team is the common denominator for the last seven years?
“So‚ take a chill pill man‚ I mean really. Take a break‚ hey."
The good news for Mosimane is that he will welcome back key man Themba Zwane for Sunday's clash, after the midfielder was forced to miss the Pirates clash due to a one-match suspension.
As for Supersport, they will be without Midfielder Teboho Mokoena, who has to serve a suspension of his own this weekend after picking up his fourth booking against AmaZulu last time out.
Matsatsantsa currently find themselves just one point behind second-placed Sundowns on the table, and still believe they can catch Chiefs in the race for the title, despite Amakhosi's formidable nine-point lead at the top.
"Obviously, we want to get as many points as possible and we will see what happens at the end of the season," said United defender Luke Fleurs.
"If we beat Sundowns then it means we move up to second and we will be the closest to Chiefs. They will be bound to drop points along the way, so we just have to make sure we are there to pick up the scraps."
The head-to-head record between the two teams definitely favours Sundowns, who have won 22 of their past 40 meetings, in comparison to just 11 for the Swanky Boys.