SuperSport United - Mamelodi Sundowns Preview: Matsatsantsa in search of Tshwane Derby redemption

Baxter will be desperate for a better Matsatsantsa showing, when they face off with their fierce rivals Masandawana in a PSL clash

SuperSport United will be on the hunt for revenge at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Matsatsantsa were handed a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Masandawana will be looking to continue their recent resurgence. Pitso Mosimane’s troops are coming off a valuable victory over Free State Stars on Sunday and they know that only a win will do if they have any hope of keeping up with the chasing pack.

SuperSport, know that only a victory in the Tshwane derby will be accepted, if they are to keep their title aspirations alive. However, SuperSport will be buoyed on by the weekend’s success on the continent. Stuart Baxter’s men advanced into the lucrative group stage of the Caf Confederation Cup after defeating Liberian side Barrack Young Controllers.

Coach Baxter will be hoping that forward Jeremy Brockie will carry his impressive goal scoring form into Wednesday’s clash. The New Zealand international grabbed a hat trick in Sunday’s victory, alongside strikes by Fagrie Lakay and Thabo Mnyamane. The latter is still serving a suspension and will leave a void on the wing. But it is expected that Thuso Phala will again be roped in, and is an effective replacement for the 24-year-old.

On the side of Sundowns, coach Mosimane is expected to ring the changes. The coach bemoaned the congested schedule in the aftermath of Sunday’s victory and admitted that they are beginning to struggle with the load.

Nonetheless, Mosimane has a squad rich in talent and depth and no matter what kind of side he selects on the night, Sundowns are sure to be competitive. The Brazilians are already missing many of their star players such as Wayne Arendse, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Tiyani Mabunda, but the list may be growing further as Mzikayise Mashaba was forced off early against Stars.

Worryingly for SuperSport, is their dip in form of late. The blue half of Tshwane are winless in their last four Premier Soccer League (PSL) outings. With the uncertainty surrounding coach Baxter’s imminent future, it seems that the speculation has had an adverse effect on the players' morale.

Nevertheless, Sundowns go into the mammoth encounter, with an apparent advantage over their Tshwane neighbours. In recent years, the Tshwane giants have been dominant against SuperSport and on Wednesday, Mosimane will be hoping to continue their impressive dominance, as they look to remain in title contention.

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