NFD 2018/19 - WEEK 12 PREVIEW

TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIVHANDILA vs MACCABI FC

After their loss against Ubuntu before the International break, TTM will want to get back to winning ways in order to sustain their challenge to logleaders Stellenbosch FC. They will also want to maintain their unbeaten home record. Visiting Maccabi have won their last two encounters and lie 7th on the log. The ABC Motsepe League winners have only registered one win on the road in 5 outings this season. This will be the first meeting between the two sides.

UTHONGATHI FC vs STELLENBOSCH FC

The Cane cutters lost 1- 0 to Stellenbosch FC at home in their debut season in the NFD with Rayners grabbing the only goal of the match. With Rayners the top scorer in the NFD this season, there could well be a repeat of that result. The Cape side are unbeaten in their last eight outings and have been top of the log for the last 4 weeks. However, The KZN outfit have only lost once in seven home encounters this season.

MBOMBELA UNITED FC vs TS GALAXY

An Mpumalanga derby will feature matters on Saturday in the NFD with both Mbombela and TS Galaxy trying to close the gap on 3rd placed TS sporting and claim bragging rights as the best in the province. The home side have only picked up one point in their last 2 matches and are 6th on the log, while visiting TS Galaxy have won just one match in their last five. This will be the first meeting between the two sides.

AJAX CAPE TOWN vs ROYAL EAGLES

Winless in their last four outings, Ajax will want to end the year strongly with some positive results. The Cape side are unbeaten at home this season with 2 wins and 2 draws, but lie 8th on the log and with Muhsin Ertugral. However they meet a Royal Eagles side who have performed better on the road than at home this season, winning 3 of the 6 matches played away top date. This will be the first meeting between the two sides.

CAPE UMOYA UNITED vs UBUNTU CT FC

A bottom of the table clash and a Cape derby. Things are looking bleak for Cape Umoya Unites after 11 rounds as the former Platinum Stars find themselves in the relegation zone. The Cape side have lost their last five matches in a row, scoring only once and conceding nine times. Visiting Ubuntu have been in the relegation zone since the beginning of the season, but posted their first win of the campaign before the international break.  This will be the first meeting between the two sides.

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA vs TS SPORTING

4th plays 3rd on the log at the Tuks Stadium on Saturday in what should be an exciting encounter. Both sides have dropped points in recent times each posting just one win in their last four outings. Stand-in coach for the visitors Mfanimbela Maseko will want to keep his side in the top three, while Tuks will want to improve on a home record that shows just two wins in seven home matches. This will be the first meeting between the two sides.

RICHARDS BAY vs WITBANK SPURS

It’s been nearly two months since Richards Bay tasted victory with the KZN side playing to draws in their last four outings. Spurs travel to the coastal city fresh from a come from behind win over Ajax CT that not only lifted the Witbank side out of the relegation zone, but saw the end of the coaching reign of Muhsin Ertugral at the Cape club. The sides have played 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss each in head to head meetings.

JOMO COSMOS vs REAL KINGS

Winless in their last four matches, Cosmos will look to get back to winning ways and re-ignite their challenge for honours in Vosloorus on Sunday. The face a daunting task in Real Kings who have gone five matches unbeaten. Cosmos have never lost to the KZN side at home and won this fixture 2 – 1 last season.