NFD PREVIEW - WEEK 22

CT ALL STARS v JOMO COSMOS

Friday sees a clash between two sides with different goals in the remaining 9 matches. After suffering their first loss of the year last time out, All Stars will want to get back to winning ways in order to stay clear of any relegation worries. Cosmos lost their unbeaten home record in the last match and will also be on the hunt for the three points. The loss for Cosmos dropped the side to 6th on the log and 4 points away from a place in the Playoffs. All Stars have never beaten Cosmos.  Both sides will be hungry for the points.

WITBANK SPURS v UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA

After losing at home to one of the Mpumalanga sides in round 21, Tuks will have to travel to Witbank to take on the other one on Saturday. While Spurs have never beaten Tuks at home, they have beaten the student side twice in Pretoria this season. Spurs won for the first time in 2017 in their previous match while Tuks have lost two in a row and have slipped into the bottom half of the table.

FC CAPE TOWN v BLACK LEOPARDS

Matches between these two sides has provided plenty of goals in the past as can be seen from the two encounters this season. Leopards beat the Cape side 3 – 2 in the NFD, while FC CT returned the favour in the Nedbank cup winning 4 – 3 in the Cape. The Nedbank Cup win is the only time in 9 matches that FC CT have been able to beat Leopards. Both sides are in need of the points with the home side 6 points clear of the relegation zone and Leopards lying in 2nd, 8 points behind Thanda, but just ahead of a 7 team chasing pack.

STELLENBOSCH FC v AMAZULU FC

The victory for Stellenbosch over Cosmos in Tskane punted the Cape side into a Playoff position for the first time in 7 weeks. Their visitors, Amazulu, have blown hot and cold this season. The KZN side might be in 8th spot on the log, but that is only 5 points away from a place in the post season. The Cape side beat Usuthu in Durban in an earlier round and a season double will enhance the chances of the highest ranked side from the Western Cape. On the other hand, revenge for Amazulu could boost them into the top contenders.

MBOMBELA UNITED FC v MTHATHA BUCKS

The two teams that contested the final of the ABC Motsepe League two seasons ago meet for the 5th time on Saturday. While the Mpumalanga side have never lost to Bucks, the Mthatha side is 5 places higher up the table and in with a shot of the post season. Both sides had wins in the previous round to enhance their respective positions. Mbombela are 8 points clear of any relegation worries, while Bucks are only two point shy of a place in the Playoffs.             

MAGESI FC v ROYAL EAGLES

Bottom side Magesi have another tough battle on their hands in their quest to escape from the relegation zone when they take on promotion chasing Royal Eagles in Limpopo on Saturday. Who can forget the 6 – 1 thrashing that Eagles dished out to Magesi in the only previous encounter in late October last year with the NFD’s leading scorer, Sedwyn George helping himself to 4 on the day. Magesi have been in the relegation zone for 16 weeks this season and are 4 points behind Milano in 14th with a worse goal difference. Eagles are 1 point behind 3rd placed Stellenbosch FC.

REAL KINGS v MILANO UNITED FC

The only away win for Milano came in October last year, but if the Cape side want to get away from the relegation zone, they will have to start accumulating point both at home and on the road. Milano are only 2 points above city rivals Santos who have a better goal difference. But Kings will also be looking for the win for the same reason. 7 points above the relegation zone is a sizeable gap, but the NFD rookies will want to leave nothing to chance on Saturday.

THANDA ROYAL ZULU v SANTOS FC

Thanda and Santos will be playing a watching brief as all of the other teams in the NFD will have completed their Round 22 fixtures before the two teams run out on Sunday in Richards Bay. Thanda head the pack by a clear 8 points, but will want to keep their foot firmly on the accelerator in the quest for automatic promotion to the PSL. Santos have more pressing matters on their mind – Relegation. The Cape side have been in the relegation zone for the past 10 weeks and only a win over fellow relegation candidates, Magesi, took them off the bottom of the log.