NFD PREVIEW - WEEK 24

MILANO UNITED FC v MTHATHA BUCKS

Milano eased their relegation worries with an away win over Cape rivals FC Cape Town last weekend and will be hoping to do the same to Playoff chasing Mthatha Bucks on Tuesday. The Cape side beat Bucks 2-0 last season in their first ever meeting, and will be hoping for a similar result. Bucks have not lost on the road since mid October last year and a win in Cape Town today will take them up to third on the log. Milano are four points clear of the relegation zone in 14th position.

SANTOS FC v UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA

Santos will continue their efforts to escape the relegation zone on Wednesday, when they meet a Tuks side who while in 10th on the log and 10 points clear of the relegation zone, have lost their last four matches in a row. The Pretoria side beat Santos 2 – 1 earlier in the season and a repeat result will further damage the hopes of Santos for survival. The bright side for the Cape side is that they have won their last two home matches. Tuks appear safe already, but to get back to winning ways must surely be a priority.

WITBANK SPURS v FC CAPE TOWN

Spurs will look to enhance their challenge for a place in the post season, while piling more pressure on relegation haunted FC Cape Town when the two teams meet on Wednesday. The Witbank side are 4 points shy of the post season after their loss last weekend to Stellenbosch FC. The plight for the visitors is more serious though as FC Cape Town lost a Cape Derby to Milano last time out. The Cape side are 5 points clear of the relegation zone, but not safe yet. FC Cape Town did beat Spurs 3 – 2 in Witbank last season.

THANDA ROYAL ZULU v BLACK LEOPARDS

A top of the table clash to relish in Richards Bay where Thanda are unbeaten so far this season. Both sides dropped points last weekend but kept their positions on the log intact. Thanda are 9 points clear of the Limpopo side and a victory will not only open the gap even further over the chasing pack and almost ensure the NFD title and a place in the PSL next season, but will also further open the door for the chasing pack to pass Leopards for second place. However, a win for Lidoda Duvha and Leopards will be 6 points behind the KZN side with 6 rounds remaining.  

ROYAL EAGLES v AMAZULU FC

A KZN derby in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday featuring two sides in the top half of the table and challenging for a place in the post season. A win for either side would be damaging to the other. Eagles are 4th on the log, just 1 point behind Stellenbosch FC and have a better goal difference, while Usuthu are two places further down the standings but only two points behind 3rd place. Eagles did the double over Amazulu last season, but this time around, Usuthu won 3 – 2 in the first round.            

MBOMBELA UNITED FC v STELLENBOSCH FC

Stellenbosch FC face a tough task on Wednesday when they travel to Kanyamazane to meet Mbombela United. The good news for the Cape side is that they have never lost away to the Mpumalanga side. The Cape outfit will be hoping for another win and a stumble from Leopards who are just two points ahead of Stellenbosch FC on the log. Should Mbombela upset the Cape side, then they will be surely clear of any possible relegation worries.  

MAGESI FC v JOMO COSMOS

Midtable Cosmos will have to get back to winning ways when they travel to meet relegation haunted Magesi on Wednesday to have any chance of making the post season. A win for Cosmos could possibly put them back into the top half of the table and with the match in hand against CT All Stars still to be played, Cosmos could be back in contention. However, Magesi thumped title chasing Royal Eagles 4 – 2 in their previous home match and are fighting to get clear of the relegation zone.  

REAL KINGS v CT ALL STARS

Wins over Milano and Leopards in recent matches has taken the NFD rookies into the top half of the table and surely safety from the drop zone. Visiting All Stars started the year with 3 straight wins, but have failed to win in the next four outings. The Cape side are six points clear of the relegation scrap but not yet completely safe. All Stars beat Kings 1 – 0 in the only ever meeting which was in Cape Town in December last year.