NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 10 PREVIEW

HIGHLANDS PARK v STELLENBOSCH FC

A top of the table clash between two sides level on points and separated by goal difference. Between them they have spent 8 of the 9 weeks at the top of the log. The Lions of the North are in good form with an unbeaten run of 4 matches, while their visitors have failed to win or score a goal in their last 3 outings. Highlands have only ever beaten Stellenbosch FC (Vasco) once in five meetings.

RICHARDS BAY FC v MBOMBELA UNITED FC

Both Richards Bay and Mbombela United will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Saturday after dropping points in Round 9. The KZN side have been in the relegation zone for 6 of the 9 weeks played and a win could relieve some pressure on the former Thanda Royal Zulu. Mbombela lost the Mpumalanga derby last week and will want to bounce back in order to continue their challenge at the top of the table. The sides have both won a match and drawn two in the four meetings to date.

CT ALL STARS v REAL KINGS

Both All Stars and Real Kings registered 1 – 0 wins last week and will come into this clash with confidence. The Cape side will be happy to be back on home ground after successive away matches. The sides met for the first time last season, with All Stars winning at home. The return leg was a goalless draw.

WITBANK SPURS v ROYAL EAGLES

Spurs return home after success in the Mpumalanga derby last week looking for a third win in a row. One the other hand, Royal Eagles come into this match on the back of successive losses and are just two places and 1 point above the relegation zone. Records favour the KZN side who have won 7 and drawn 2 of the 13 meetings to date.

MTHATHA BUCKS v SUPER EAGLES

Mthatha Bucks will want to add further worries to NFD Rookies Super Eagles on Saturday when the two sides meet for the first time. Both sides lost in Round 9 with Eagles slipping down to 14th on the log after their loss to Cosmos. Bucks are a potent outfit at home and Eagles will have to pull a rabbit out of the hat if they are to pick up their first win on the road this season.   

TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA v UBUNTU CT FC

TTM FC will have a chance to get back into the top half of the table when they meet bottom side Ubuntu on Saturday. The Limpopo side have only won once in their last four outings, although the win was against table topping Stellenbosch FC. Ubuntu are still the only side without a win this season and even if they did upset the home side, will stay in the relegation zone for a 6th week.    

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA v UTHONGATHI FC

Tuks will look to get back to winning ways when they take on ABC Motsepe League Champions Uthongathi in Pretoria in their first ever meeting. Tuks haven’t won in 3 weeks, but are still just 1 point behind the two sides above them on the log. The KZN visitors have yet to win on the road this season and would provide a major shock if they are able to do that on Sunday.  

JOMO COSMOS v BLACK LEOPARDS

Possibly the biggest match of the weekend will see two of the oldest clubs in the NFD go head to head in Vosloorus on Sunday. The teams have met on 28 occasions since the 2001/02 season with Cosmos winning 8 and Leopards 9. Cosmos come into the match in 5th place after successive wins and their first win on the road last week. They are also unbeaten at home so far. Leopards are the lowest scoring team in the NFD with just 5 goals in 9 outings and are down in 12th place on the log. They are a side who can surprise an opposition as was seen in Pretoria two weeks ago when they beat Tuks 1 – 0.