NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 4 PREVIEW

MTHATHA BUCKS vs WITBANK SPURS

Bucks will want to change history on Saturday as they have lost both matches played against Spurs in Mthatha over the past two seasons. The sides are level on points this season having both won 1 match and drawn the other two. Both sides are also still unbeaten this season.

REAL KINGS v UBUNTU CT FC

Kings picked up their first win of the season with a good result in Kanyamazane over Mbombela. One of 6 unbeaten sides after 3 rounds, Kings host newly a Ubuntu CT FC side who have yet to win this season and find themselves 3rd from bottom on the log. Playing as FC Cape Town, the visitors beat Kings both home and away last season.  

HIGHLANDS PARK v TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA

Highlands will be looking to get back to winning ways against the former Milano, after losing their unbeaten record against Tuks last time out. TTM FC grabbed their first win and their 1st goal when they upset Cosmos in round 3. In 5 matches against the then Milano United FC, Highlands have won 3 and drawn 2.

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA v ROYAL EAGLES

Tuks scored a confidence building win last week over then logleaders Highlands to register their first 3 pointer of the season, while Royal Eagles have yet to register a win and are 4th from bottom. Eagles did the season double over Tuks in 2016/17 and a repeat of that could add to the pressure on Shaun Barlett.

STELLENBOSCH FC v BLACK LEOPARDS

Two of the NFD title hopefuls meet in the Mother City on Saturday, with both coming off matches with dropped points from Round 3. Despite the draw away at Royal Eagles, the Cape side are still unbeaten, while Leopards lost their unbeaten record away at NFD rookies Uthongathi. The two sides have a history that goes back 14 matches to the 2009/10 season with Leopards winning 8 and Stellenbosch (Vasco) 4. Stellenbosch FC did the season double over Leopards last season.

SUPER EAGLES v UTHOGATHI FC

A repeat of the final of the ABC Motsepe League for last season, where Uthongathi edged Eagles 1 – 0 for the title and the R1m prizemoney. The home side are bottom of the log and still looking for their 1st win as a pro club, while The lads from KZN will travel to the Free State with growing confidence after their Round 3 win over Black Leopards.  

CT ALL STARS v MBOMBELA UNITED FC

Logleaders CT All Stars are enjoying a good start to the season, but have some way away from the 4 wins in a row at the start of the 2015/16 campaign where they didn’t concede a goal in those 4 wins under coach Prof Ngubane. Mbombela might have lost both matches at home this season, but they did win away against newcomers Super Eagles in Round 2. All Stars have never beaten the Mpumalanga side drawing twice at home and losing twice on the road.

JOMO COSMOS v RICHARDS BAY FC

Up one day and down the next, Cosmos will be looking for some stability on Sunday against a Richards Bay side that has yet to win this season and sit in the relegation zone. The last team to visit Cosmos conceded 5 goals. Roger Sikhakane appears to have his work cut out at the former Thanda Royal Zulu this season. The only win for Cosmos in 12 meetings between the two sides came in 2013.