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SuperSport United v Black Leopards

SuperSport United will be looking for a home win over Black Leopards on Sunday to keep themselves amongst the league front-runners.

The Pretoria club have made a bright start to the new season and occupy sixth position ahead of the weekend's action, while also set to play Cape Town City in the MTN8 final a week from now.

However, the three-time league champions go into the match at Atteridgeville against Lidoda Duvha on the back of a 1-3 defeat to Orlando Pirates in their most recent action.

Matsatsantsa captain Dean Furman is confident though that SuperSport have the character and quality to bounce back.

"Does [the Pirates loss] dent our confidence? Not really," he was quoted saying by the Sowetan earlier this week.

"We've done well since the season started and we're in the cup final. We've got an important home game against Black Leopards before the final against City.

"We can't start thinking about the cup final now. I think that's going to be really important for us going into this week because we've got big aspirations in the league this season.

"What's going to be important is how we bounce back. We lost our first league game and then won three in a row before our loss against Pirates," the Bafana Bafana midfielder concluded.

Two consecutive defeats and a winless run of four matches has seen Leopards' early-season optimism eroded, and they are in 11th spot and just a point above the drop zone ahead of the weekend action.

The Limpopo club will be hoping to do their talking on the field on Sunday after making headlines for the wrong reasons this week.

This was after Black Leopards chairman David Thidiela was recorded uttering unpleasantries towards referee Victor Hlungwani after the 0-1 defeat to Chippa United, for which he has been suspended from his position on the PSL executive committee.