NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 03 PREVIEW

UBUNTU CT FC vs SUPER EAGLES FC

The newly named Cape side will play host to newly promoted Super Eagles FC on Saturday with both sides looking for their first win of the season. Ubuntu CT FC are in 11th spot after a loss and a draw, while the Free State side are second from bottom after losing both of their opening matches in their rookie season in the NFD. This will be the first meeting between the two sides.  

RICHARDS BAY FC vs MTHATHA BUCKS

The change in names has brought about a change in fortunes for Richards Bay, but not the sort of change that is welcome as the KZN side have yet to win this season and have accumulated 1 point from 2 outings. Bucks are unbeaten in two outings and will be hoping to impose a first win on their hosts come Saturday. The two sides have met four times in the past with all four matches ending in stalemates.

TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA vs JOMO COSMOS

It’s been a rough introduction to the NFD for TTM FC, having lost both of their opening matches and finding themselves at the bottom of the log. The home side have yet to score a goal or claim a point this season – a situation that could be repeated by a visiting Cosmos side who demolished Tuks 5 – 0 before the International break.

The former Cape side, Milano United FC, have never lost to Cosmos at home scoring 8 times and conceding just once in 4 meetings.

MBOMBELA UNITED FC vs REAL KINGS FC

The Mpumalanga side won for the first time this season on Round 2, when they beat NFD Rookies 3 – 1 in Bethlehem. They will be hoping that a return home will bring more points at the expense of the KZN side. Kings have drawn both of their opening matches and will want to create some history as they have never beaten Mbombela away from home. The two teams met three times last season, with Mbombela winning in both League and Cup at home.

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA vs HIGHLANDS PARK

Tuks won’t be relishing a visit from table topping Highlands Park on Saturday after being hammered 0 – 5 away at Cosmos in Round 2. Tuks have yet to win this season, while Highlands beat Cosmos in Tembisa and Royal Eagles at Harry Gwala to climb to the top of the log. The two met in the Promotional Playoffs two season ago in their only meetings to date, with Highlands winning at home and playing to a goalless draw in Pretoria. Highlands won the Playoffs and were promoted to the PSL.

ROYAL EAGLES vs STELLENBOSCH FC

Royal Eagles are unbeaten at home against Stellenbosch (Vasco) and have won 5 of the 6 matches played in Pietermaritzburg. It’s been a slow start to the season for coach Freese with a draw and a loss, while Stellenbosch FC have picked up a win and a draw to lie 5th on the table after two rounds.

WITBANK SPURS vs CT ALL STARS

It’s been a great start to the season for CT All Stars who at one stage last season looked to be relegated. The Cape side have beaten both TTM FC and Richards Bay by 1 goal margins and share top spot with Highlands Park. They have yet to concede a goal this season. Spurs are also unbeaten, but will prepare with the knowledge that their only win over the Cape side at home over three seasons came in the 2014/15 campaign. All Stars won in the two seasons since then without conceding a goal in Witbank.

UTHONGATHI FC vs BLACK LEOPARDS

ABC Motsepe League Champions, Uthongathi have picked up points in both of their opening matches having held both Royal Eagles and Stellenbosch to 1 – 1 draws. The face another tough opposition on title chasing Lidoda Duvha. With four point from their opening two outings, Leopards will be difficult to contain for the NFD rookies. This will be the first meeting between the two sides.