NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 08 PREVIEW

MTHATHA BUCKS v CT ALL STARS

After successive defeats and a slip down to 7th on the table, Bucks need to get their season back on track come Saturday. And there’s a good chance that it could happen because Bucks have won all 3 home matches in the past over the Cape club and have not conceded a goal to All Stars at home either. New All Stars coach Vladislav Heric is an experienced campaigner and will look to cause more problems for their hosts.

TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA v STELLENBOSCH FC

Both sides played to goalless draws in Round 7 and will be eager to get back to winning ways on Saturday. Stellenbosch FC are still the only unbeaten side in the NFD, with TTM FC down in 12th. Last season Milano United did a season double over their provincial rivals, but much has changed since the takeover by TTM FC and the move to Polokwane.

WITBANK SPURS v UBUNTU CT FC

Spurs have slipped from a win in Round 1 and 2nd place on the log, to 14th after defeat to NFD rookies Uthongathi last week. They will have a golden opportunity to get back on track on Saturday when they host NFD bottom club Ubuntu. The former FC CT are the only side in the NFD to not yet win a match this season with the Cape side spending the last 2 weeks at the bottom of the log.

RICHARDS BAY v UTHONGATHI FC

A KZN derby between the current NFD champions and a new side to the NFD. A name change has yet to produce anything of value for the former Thanda Royal Zulu as the Richards Bay spend their 3rd week in the relegation zone. Uthongathi picked up their second win of the season last week when they despatched Witbank Spurs. The win took the rookies to 9th on the log. This will be the first meeting between the two sides.

HIGHLANDS PARK v SUPER EAGLES

Highlands Park will need a convincing performance against NFD rookies Super Eagles after giving up a lead away to Real Kings last week. It might be easier said than done however, as the Free State are unbeaten in their last 5 matches. Super Eagles have yet to win on the road this season, while The Lions of the North have lost just once in Tembisa to date. This will be the first meeting between the two sides.

MBOMBELA UNITED FC v ROYAL EAGLES

Mbombela picked up their 4th win of the season on Monday in Cape Town to climb into the top three on the log. They weren’t the only side to taste victory however as Eagles have won back to back matches to climb into the top half of the table for the first time this season. The fact that the Mpumalanga side have never lost to Eagles might be a bit misleading because 3 out of their 4 meetings have ended in draws.

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA v BLACK LEOPARDS

Although Tuks let a 1 goal lead slip to draw with NFD rookies Super Eagles last week, the Pretoria side are unbeaten in 5 outings and in 2nd place on the log, just 1 point behind Stellenbosch FC. Leopards on the other hand are sitting just outside the relegation zone, are without a win since Round 1 and have not scored in the last three matches. Tuks have never beaten Leopards at home and on current form could change that on Sunday.

JOMO COSMOS v REAL KINGS

Unbeaten at home and without an away win sees Cosmos down in 10th on the log. Kings are level on points with Cosmos, but with 5 draws are the most drawing side in the NFD this season so far. Last season Kings drew away and beat Cosmos at home in their only meetings to date. This is a match that neither side can really afford to lose if they are to become challengers to the lead leaders.