NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 07 PREVIEW

CT ALL STARS vs JOMO COSMOS

Jomo Cosmos will be sure to pack the correct kit as well as the player ID cards for this encounter on Friday, remembering the 3 points and 3-0 scoreline they gifted the Cape club last season. It was a result that ended any real chance of Cosmos fighting for the NFD title. The two clubs are level on 8 points and have met on 5 occasions. The only win for All Stars coming by way of a DC decision in that ill-fated match for Cosmos.

BLACK LEOPARDS vs TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA

A Limpopo derby that was sold out almost before ticket sales opened will guarantee a full house in Thohoyandou on Saturday. And for those who are unable to make it to the Stadium, Supersport will bring it to your place of football worship live on SS 4 – Channel 204. Both of the Limpopo sides are in the bottom half of the table and a 3 point haul could change that to a top half finish to Round 7. Leopards never lost to Milano over 5 seasons, but TTM FC is a much changed side since relocating from the Cape.

ROYAL EAGLES v MTHATHA BUCKS

The first win of the season for Royal Eagles comes just in time for a meeting with the Eastern Cape side. Bucks lost at home to logleaders Stellenbosch FC to suffer defeat for the first time this season. Royal Eagles have never lost to Bucks since the Eastern Cape side joined the pro ranks and another win could propel the KZN side into the top half of the table for the 1st time this season. Bucks are 3rd on the log and will be in no mood to drop points two matches in a row.

UTHONGATHI FC v WITBANK SPURS

Only one win this season sees NFD rookies Uthongathi sit just above the relegation zone. They might fancy their chances against a Spurs side who have also won just once and that was back in Round 1. Spurs have drawn all 3 away matches so far and will hope to break their away duck in this 1st meeting between the two sides.

SUPER EAGLES v UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA

NFD newbies Super Eagles have won their last two home matches and are unbeaten in 4 outings. The Free State outfit sit 7th on the log and will have to produce another top performance if they are going to stop a Tuks side who have won their last 4 matches and are 2nd on the log, just 1 point behind Stellenbosch FC. This will be the first meeting between the two sides.

STELLENBOSCH FC v RICHARDS BAY FC

The NFD logleaders take on what remains of the 2016/17 champions Thanda Royal Zulu on Sunday. The newly named Richards Bay FC have suffered a rather tough start to the season and agreed to release coach Roger Sikhakane last week. The KZN side have only registered 1 win all season and have been in the relegation zone for 3 of the 6 weeks this season. Stellenbosch FC on the other hand have been on top of the log for 4 weeks, are the only unbeaten side left in the NFD this season and have not conceded a goal in their last two matches.

REAL KINGS FC v HIGHLANDS PARK

The second of two televised NFD matches this weekend will take place at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Sunday. Kings and Highlands have never met with the KZN side playing their first pro campaign last season when Highlands were in the PSL. Highlands appointed Owen da Gama as coach recently and were rewarded with a win over Ubuntu after 3 straight losses. Kings are still looking for their first home victory of the season, having registered 1 win, 4 draws and a loss in their opening 6 matches.

UBUNTU CT FC v MBOMBEA UNITED FC

Ubuntu and Mbombela will meet on Monday at the Athlone Stadium to round off the weekend’s proceedings. The Cape side have only registered 1 win in 4 meetings with the side from Mpumalanga and that was when the Cape side were known as FC CT. Ubuntu are the only side yet to pick up a win this season and are bottom of the table having spent the last two weeks in the relegation zone. Although Mbombela lie 4th on the log, they have shown an element of inconsistency with 3 wins and 3 losses. Mbombela beat FC CT 3 times over the past two seasons.