NFD PREVIEW - WEEK 26

CT ALL STARS v UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA

Revenge for All Stars will be sweet in relieving the pressure of relegation for the home side having lost 1 – 2 to Tuks in the capital in round one and are looking almost safe from relegation worries themselves. Neither side have been in particularly great form of late with the Cape side winless in their last six outings, while Tuks have won just once in their last six matches.

BLACK LEOPARDS v AMAZULU FC

A giant battle for a place in the Playoffs will happen on Saturday in Thohoyandou. Amazulu sneaked into 2nd on the log after their 4th win in a row, displacing Leopards who lost away at Cosmos on Wednesday. Usuthu last won on the road against Leopards in 2012 when they beat the home side 4 – 1. The KZN side also beat Lidoda Duvha 2 – 1 at home in Round 1. The two teams have met 17 times with Leopards winning 7 and Amazulu 9. While Usuthu have won four matches in a row, Leopards are without a win in their last 3 outings.

WITBANK SPURS v MILANO UNITED FC

Milano are fighting for their very survival in the professional ranks and won’t relish the trip to Witbank to meet a side who have beaten them in their last three meetings and come off a confidence boosting win over Bucks in Mthatha. After winning two matches in a row, Milano were hammered 0 – 4 at home against Mbombela and are still in a fight to survive the season. The 13th placed Cape side are just 1 point above Magesi in the relegation zone with matches running out. Meanwhile, the win in Mthatha for Spurs again improved the chances of a place in the Playoffs as the home side are only three points away from a place in the top three on the log.

FC CAPE TOWN v JOMO COSMOS

FC Cape Town are one of 4 Cape sides in desperate need of points at this late stage of the season. FC Cape Town are 3rd from bottom, level on points with relegation side Magesi. They can expect little sympathy for their predicament from visiting Cosmos who after their win over Leopards and having a match in hand, still fancy their chances a of making the post season.  The Cape side have never lost at home against Cosmos, having won 1 and drawn 2 of the in meetings in the Mother City.    

STELLENBOSCH FC v MTHATHA BUCKS

Another big battle is expected in this match between two sides hunting a place in the post season. The sides experienced diferent fortunes last weekend, with Bucks losing at home, while Stellenbosch FC won on the road. The Cape side lie 4th on the table, but level on points with Leopards, while the visitors are in 7th and 4 points off the pace for the post season. Stellenbosch FC have never beaten the Eastern Cape side and should they fail again, the door will be left open for the chasing pack.             

MBOMBELA UNITED FC v SANTOS FC

After their 4 – 0 demolition of Milano in Cape Town last weekend, Mbombela invite bottom of the log Santos to Kamyamazane on Saturday hoping for more of the same. The Mpumalanga based side are seemingly safe from relegation in 9th, but Santos are in a huge pile of trouble. The Cape side are 7 points behind Magesi and FC Cape Town and matches are running out. Mbombela United have never beaten Sanots and lost against the Cape side earlier in the season. Any win for Santos will be like gold for the former PSL Champions.

REAL KINGS v ROYAL EAGLES

A KZN derby will see the inform Kings hoping to upset the season of visiting Eagles and also enhance their position on the log. Three wins in four outings has seen Kings climb from 11th to 8th and with 35 points, surely safe in the NFD for another season. Riyal Eagles are still in the hunt for a post season spot, but only one win in their last 4 outings has seen them drop to 5th on the log and taken some momentum out of their campaign. Kings have lost only twice at home all season, while Eagles have registered only two wins on the road in this campaign.   

THANDA ROYAL ZULU v MAGESI FC

A classic top versus bottom clash will take place in Richards Bay in Sunday’s only NFD match. Thanda are two wins away from winning the NFD title and a place in the PSL next season, while Magesi are fighting for survival in the relegation battle. Log position is one thing and results quite another. Thanda have drawn their last three matches, but hold a 9 point gap back to Amazulu in 2nd place. Magesi on the other hand have won three out of their last four matches, and crept to level on points with 14th placed FC Cape Town. Thanda beat MAgesi 2 – 1 in the Limpopo side’s very first match in the professional ranks back in August last year.