Polokwane City will host Mamelodi Sundowns at a familiar venue, Loftus Versveld Stadium at 6 pm today. The Brazilians are desperate for a win after the recent loss to Baroka in other to keep their title hopes alive while mounting pressure on the log leaders, Kaizer Chiefs.
Sundowns head into this clash with a depleted squad after several of their key players was reported injured on Tuesday.
Sibusiso Vilakazi is nursing a knee injury, Andile Jali and Mosa Lebusa both have a hamstring strain while Phakamani Mahlambi and Gaston Sirino are struggling with ankle injuries.
Denis Onyango is recovering from a hip injury while Rivaldo Coetzee has a calf strain but the club said the two players have shown signs of improvement.
That’s seven first-team players and Mosimane will have to improvise in order to compete against Polokwane City.
Given the quality and depth in his squad, Mosimane may worry very little about this – but the fact that he’s facing a team fighting for its life at the bottom of the log means this isn’t going to be an easy encounter.
In head-to-head stats, Polokwane City and Mamelodi Sundowns have met 16 times across all competitions.
The Brazilians have won eight of the 16 matches to Polokwane City’s five while the other three matches ended in draws.
During that process, Sundowns scored 24 goals and conceded just 12 to further highlight their dominance over Rise and Shine.
As things stand, City is placed 16th on the log with 25 points from 28 matches while Sundowns are on 53 points from the same number of games.
The ABSA premiership soccer matches will be broadcasted on SuperSport at 6 pm ( SAST)