NFD PREVIEW - WEEK 20

CT ALL STARS v FC CAPE TOWN

A Cape derby to get the weekend underway sees two sides in the bottom half of the table. However their respective form has been impressive in 2017. All Stars are unbeaten in four outings with 3 wins and a draw, while their visitors have lost once in their four outings.  All Stars have only lost once to their city rivals in 5 matches and have never lost at home to FC CT.

WITBANK SPURS v JOMO COSMOS

Homeside Spurs will be hoping to get back to winning ways, having not won a match in 2017 with 2 draws and 2 losses. Cosmos might be unbeaten at home, but have not won on the road since the 1st of October last year. Added to that, Spurs have a better head to head home record against Cosmos. Although the Witbank side dropped into the bottom half of the table last week, they are still only 3 points away from a place in the Playoffs.

STELLENBOSCH FC v BLACK LEOPARDS

The most successful side in the NFD travel to the Cape for a meeting with midtable Stellenbosch FC. Leopards have won all four matches so far this year and while their hosts are also unbeaten in 2017, Stellenbosch have played to 3 draws with just the single win. Leopards have climbed to within 7 points of logleaders Thanda and another win could add pressure to the KZN side who only play on Sunday.

ROYAL EAGLES v SANTOS FC

Eagles lost to 14th placed Milano last week and take on another Cape side in 15th placed Santos in Round 20. While Eagles are unbeaten at home, Santos are yet to win on the road. Despite their loss last week, Eagles remain in 3rd on the log and well in contention to continue to mount pressure on faultering Thanda. Eagles beat Santos 4 – 1 last at home season.

MBOMBELA UNITED FC v AMAZULU FC

Three losses and a single win is not the start to the new year that Mbombela were looking for, but they face an Amazulu side are yet to win in 2017 with three draws and a loss. Mbombela beat Usuthu 3 – 0 last season on their way to the Playoffs, but this season find themselves in 10th on the log. The Mpumalanga side have only suffered one loss this season, while Amazulu have won just twice on the road.              

MAGESI FC v MILANO UNITED FC

A six pointer in Limpopo on Saturday sees bottom side Magesi take on 14th placed Milano. The Cape side will have better confidence after their home victory last week after beating title chasing Royal Eagles 2 – 0. Milano have opened a 5 point gap back to the relegation zone. Magesi have been in the drop zone for 14 of the 19 weeks played this season and last won in late November last year.

REAL KINGS v UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA

Tuks will be hoping to build on their success of last week after ending the unbeaten run of logleaders Thanda when they take on another KZN side in NFD rookies Real Kings. Tuks moved to level on 29 points with Cosmos and Eagles an third place on the log – in a Playoff position. The two teams have enjoyed varying success in 2017 with Kings having won just once, with two losses and a draw, while Tuks have won 2 and drawn 2 this year.           

THANDA ROYAL ZULU v MTHATHA BUCKS

Logleaders Thanda have not only dropped 7 points in their last three matches, but also their unbeaten record since the beginning of 2017. They face a tough opponent in Mthatha Bucks in Richards Bay in Sunday’s only match. Thanda are still unbeaten at home but will have to get back to winning ways if they are to stay ahead of the chasing pack with hopes of a direct route to the PSL at the end of the season. Bucks are 6th on the log, but just one point away from a place in the post season.