Mamelodi Sundowns will look to utilize one of their four games in hand to widen the gap on top of the table.
Sundowns are flying high in all competitions and scoring goals is a feature of their game. Downs are the only team that are still unbeaten in the league as they seem to be cruising and unstoppable.
It seems like Masandawana’s technical team have identified a regular starting XI as they barely make changes to their starting line-ups. Their exceptional passing game makes it difficult for teams to plan stop them. Mostly they attack with speedy full backs Lyle Lakay and Thapelo Morena putting cutbacks into the box. Their defenders play a high line and that limits the time opposition have with the ball. Their weakness is when they have to deal with quick forwards and wingers.
Meanwhile Stellenbosch’s coach, Steve Barker, believes in playing long balls to their fast running winngers Ashley Du Preez and Leletu Skelem who’re also dangerous in front of goal. If I was their mentor, I’d advise them to exploit the space that Downs’ full backs leave when Stellies win the ball at the back. Stellies’ full backs need to be wary not to overlap too much thereby giving space to Downs’ counter.
This will be the third meeting for these two teams in this season. Downs hammered Stellies with 3-0 in the DStv Premiership and also 3-2 after extra time in the Nedbank Cup.
The Stellenbosch’s players to look out for could be Du Preez and Skelem. While for Sundowns, Themba Zwane, Gaston Sirino and Peter Shalulile are dangerous forwards but anyone can harm their opponents as the whole team is in brilliant form.
Mosa Lebusa and Denis Onyango are doubtful.
I feel that Downs will get maximum points as it’s not easy to stop them and considering their fine form.
The match will be on Saturday at Danie Craven Stadium with Kick Off at 13:00.
Sinethemba Sithole’s prediction: Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 Stellenbosch FC