NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 5 PREVIEW

STELLENBOSCH FC v CT ALL STARS

A Cape derby to start the weekend will pitch unbeaten logleaders Stellenbosch FC against former logleaders All Stars. The home side will go into the clash on Friday hoping to beat their Cape rivals for the first time with All Stars holding a 2 win, 4 draw advantage. Stellenbosch come into Round 5 on the back of a good win over Leopards, while All Stars lost their unbeaten record to visiting Mbombela in Round 4.

BLACK LEOPARDS v REAL KINGS

In an uncustomary 12th place on the log with only one win this season, Leopards face a Real Kings side who beat the Limpopo side 2 – 1 in Thohoyandou last season. The KZN side are one of 4 sides still unbeaten this season, but with 3 draws in 4 outings are only in midtable.

UTHONGATHI FC v MTHATHA BUCKS

After picking up their first win in Round 3, the KZN rookies were quickly brought back to reality with a loss against Super Eagles in Round 4 to lose their unbeaten record and slip to 11th on the table. They face another tough challenge with visiting Mthatha Bucks hoping to throw off the mantle of the draw kings in the NFD. The Eastern Cape side played 13 draws last season and although unbeaten, have already drawn 3 out of 4 matches in this campaign. This will be the first meeting between the two sides

WITBANK SPURS v UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA

Unbeaten Spurs take on resurgent Tuks on Saturday in Witbank in a match which appears to come at the right time for the side from the capital. Tuks lost 3 times to Spurs last season in league and cup, but come into this match on the back of two good wins in a row. Conversely, Spurs, who won in Round 1, have drawn their last 3 matches.

ROYAL EAGLES v SUPER EAGLES

A different season and certainly different results so far for the Pietermaritzburg based side. Royal Eagles finished 4th last season, missing the Playoffs by 1 point. This time around the KZN side have yet to win a match after 4 weeks, although they have scored in every appearance so far. Their visitors will arrive in KZN fresh off a home win over Uthongathi for their first ever meeting with Royal Eagles. Which of the Eagles will be flying higher after 90 minutes at Harry Gwala on Saturday?

MBOMBELA UNITED FC v HIGHLANDS PARK

It’s been a curious season for both Mbombela and Highlands after 4 rounds. The Mpumalanga based side, so traditionally untouchable at home have lost both home matches, while wining on the road. Highlands won both opening matches and appeared to have set the standard for the chasing pack. Alas, that didn’t last and the Tembisa side promptly lost their next two to slip into the bottom half of the table. Mbombela have never beaten The Lions of the North.

UBUNTU CT FC v JOMO COSMOS

3 Draws and a loss sees Ubuntu CT FC sit just above the relegation zone after 4 rounds. They meet a Cosmos side who are unbeaten at home. But have lost both matches on the road so far this season. As FC CT, Ubuntu have an unbeaten home record against their visitors with 2 wins and 2 draws. Will their record improve on Sunday or will Cosmos finally break their away duck this season.

RICHARDS BAY FC v TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA

NFD winners as Thanda Royal Zulu – bottom of the log with the name change. Richards Bay have yet to win this season and face a TTM FC side who have picked two good wins, over Cosmos and Highlands, over the past two weeks. The home side have failed to score a goal in their last three matches and have only 1 goal all season so far. As Thanda, the home side have only lost to the former Milano once in 5 outings in Richards Bay, and that was back in 2013.