Bidvest Wits v Sundowns
Bidvest Wits will feel they must beat Mamelodi Sundowns at their home ground on Saturday or risk coming off second best in the Absa Premiership title race.
While Wits are still in the lead on the table, Sundowns have now cut down to their advantage to just two points, even as they still have two games to hand.
That means if Wits lose this weekend's match they will relinquish their lead to the Brazilians, who will still have a game in hand at the top of the table.
The Students are coming off a 2-1 loss to Highlands Park earlier this month. It was just their fifth defeat of the season but it only served to increase the pressure on them at the top of the table.
Unfortunately for coach Gavin Hunt, their Premiership challenge seems to be faltering as they have won just once in their last four league outings - although they did secure Nedbank Cup progression in midweek after beating Black Leopards in a penalty shoot-out.
“We’ve got hard-working, good, honest players... we have a good team," Hunt said recently. "That’s what we got. We don’t have that little bit of flair. And as long as we realise that and play to our strengths on a weekly basis, we’ll be okay.”
Sundowns have also blown a bit hot and cold in recent weeks, winning just one of their last three league matches, with their last result a 1-1 draw at home against Polokwane.
They boast a very impressive away record this season, however, earning 20 points from a possible 24, making them a dangerous prospect for any home side.
Wits and Sundowns have met each other on 66 occasions since 1985, with Sundowns claiming 36 wins and the Clever Boys just 17, with 13 matches drawn.
In the reverse fixture earlier this season at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, they played out to a 1-1 draw.