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DSTV PREMIERSHIP BIG THREE MATCH PREVIEWS

The 2021/22 season of the DStv Premiership kicks off this weekend amid much hype and anticipation. Let’s take a look at the big three’s fixtures:

Mamelodi Sundowns vs AmaZulu

This will be the featured match of the round between last season’s league winners against runners up. Nowadays, Usuthu is known for not sitting back, they press and attack. Their box-to-box midfielder Makhehleni Makhaula gives strength both in defense and attack. Makhaula will have to combat Sundowns’ midfield that plays tiki-taka and dominates possession in almost all the domestic games they play.

Masandawana’s Themba Zwane has been a heart-pumping machine for the team and alongside Peter Shalulile and Gaston Sirino, forms a powerful attack.

Injuries/Doubtful/Suspensions:

Lebohang Maboe-Downs (doubtful)

The match details:

When: Friday, 17:00

Venue: Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium

Last league Head to Head:

AmaZulu 0-0 Mamelodi Sundowns

Prediction: AmaZulu 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns

Orlando Pirates vs Stellenbosch FC

Josef Zinnbauer resigned as Orlando Pirates coach at the beginning of this week.

He wasn’t too bad but had enough quality in the team to do better. He had mixed times, sometimes did well, sometimes awful.
What was wrong?
Was it his lousy tactics?
Their midfield hasn’t been stable for quite some time with their ball player Fortune Makaringe struggling to link with attackers. Fielding their off-form defensive midfielder Ben Motshwari created a hole in the center as he couldn’t cover the distance very well.
Why not sacrifice Motshwari for Nkanyiso Zungu, a creative defensive midfielder? Also their defence is somewhat shaky with a lack of communication between center-backs Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Thulani Hlatshwayo. Perhaps a new coach, still unknown will tidy up Zinnbauer’s errors.

On the other hand, Stellenbosch hasn’t tasted a win in their last 12 league games from the previous season. Stellenbosch are known for sitting at the back and attacking on the counter with the speedy wingers Dean Van Rooyen and Ashely Du Preez. Their defensive and attacking midfielder, Nathan Sinkala and Junior Mendieta respectively have an awesome hook up and are very effective when they counter-attack. They can take advantage of Bucs’ unstable midfield and defense.

Injuries/Doubtful/Suspensions:

Zakhele Lepasa-Pirates (Injured)

Tshegofatso Mabasa-Pirates (Injured)

Thembinkosi Lorch-Pirates (Injured)

The match details:

When: Saturday, 15:00

Venue: Orlando Stadium

Last league Head to Head:

Stellenbosch 0-0 Orlando Pirates

Prediction: Orlando Pirates 2-0 Stellenbosch FC

TS Galaxy vs Kaizer Chiefs

Who can forget the TS Galaxy’s famous win over Kaizer Chiefs in the 2019 Nedbank Cup final? Whenever the two meet, it still lingers in Amakhosi’s fans minds. However, after a pleasing performance against Downs in the MTN 8 quarterfinal last week, Kaizer Chiefs showed positive signs to be competitive this season after a long, rocky road. There’s some fluidity in their passing game with Cole Alexander and Phathutshedzo Nange pairing well in the center. The speed of wingers Khama Billiat and Kgaogelo Sekgota poses a danger up front. Amakhosi have a solid defense and are difficult to break.

Meanwhile, Galaxy’s attacking midfielder Ethan Brooks will have a tough job getting the team to tick against the much improved Chiefs. The Rockets usually play long balls to the sides with their quick wingers Lindokuhle Mbatha and Masilakhe Phohlongo problematic to full backs. Will they be able to demolish Chiefs’ defense?

Injuries/Doubtful/Suspensions:

Dumisani Zuma-Chiefs (Injured)

Leornado Castro-Chiefs (Injured)

Lebohang Manyama-Chiefs(doubtful)

Given Msimango-TS Galaxy

Match details:

When : Sunday, 17:00

Venue : Mbombela Stadium

Last league Head to Head:

TS Galaxy 0-1 Kaizer Chiefs

Prediction: TS Galaxy 0-2 Kaizer Chiefs

Written by Sinethemba

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