NFD PREVIEW - WEEK 19

CT ALL STARS vs STELLENBOSCH FC

A Cape derby will get week 19 underway on Friday. All Stars have enjoyed a great 2017 having won all three of their matches. Stellenbosch FC returned to winning ways with their first victory in 9 weeks last weekend. All Stars have never lost to Stellenbosch FC and a 4th win in 2017 could see the home side ease any remaining relegation worries.

UNVERSITY of PRETORIA v THANDA ROYAL ZULU

Homeside Tuks will be looking to end the unbeaten record of logleaders Thanda when the two sides meet in the capital on Saturday. Thanda have dropped points in their last two matches and have had to come from behind in doing so. However 15 weeks at the top of the table and a 10 point gap is a sizeable advantage that the KZN bring to Gauteng. Tuks have never beaten Thanda and lost 1 – 2 in Richards Bay earlier this season.

BLACK LEOPARDS v WITBANK SPURS

With 3 wins in 3 outings, Leopards have positioned themselves as the nearest challengers to logleaders Thanda. Although the gap is 10 points to the top of the table, Thanda have dropped points in their last two outings. Visiting Spurs beat Leopards in Thohoyandou last season, but that has been the only time that Spurs have beaten Leopards in Limpopo.

FC CAPE TOWN v SANTOS FC

The 2nd of the Cape derbies see two sides in the bottom four on the NFD log. Santos won for just the second time this season last weekend and will be looking to use momentum to upset the home side. FC Cape Town lost to Stellenbosch FC last weekend for their first defeat of the year.

MILANO UNITED FC v ROYAL EAGLES

Third from bottom Milano have started 2017 with three straight losses and won’t get any sympathy from visiting Royal Eagles who are third on the log and chasing honours this season. The Cape side have never lost to Eagles at home and should they beat the KZN side will give their season the lift required. Eagles have only registered one away win all season with that result being posted in late October last year.              

MTHATHA BUCKS v MAGESI FC

Both Mthatha Bucks and Magesi lost in round 18 and both will be eager to get back to winning for different reasons. The Eastern Cape side are unbeaten at home, but with three wins and six draws, the story becomes less convincing. With only one away win all season, 13 weeks in the relegation zone and no wins yet in 2017, the task is a mammoth one for the Limpopo side.

JOMO COSMOS v MBOMBELA UNITED FC

Another two sides who lost in the previous ground meet in Tsakane on Saturday. Cosmos lost to Real Kings last week, while Mbombela went down to Leopards at home. Mbombela beat Cosmos earlier in the season and the Potchefstroom based side will not only want revenge, but the three points to keep them in touch with the other Playoff candidates.          

AMAZULU FC v REAL KINGS

Amazulu are the first side to take points off logleaders Thanda after holding the unbeaten side to a draw in Richards Bay last weekend. Kings had an even better result as they edged former PSL side cosmos at home. Kings beat Usuthu 2-0 at home in early December and a repeat result would see Kings take another step away from the relegation zone. Amazulu are in 8th position, but still only 4 points off the challenge for a place in the post season.