Mamelodi Sundowns are out to return to winning ways when they host Maritzburg United in their fifth Premier Soccer League (PSL) match on Saturday evening at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
The encounter comes at the back of an MTN8 semi-final loss for the reigning PSL champions against SuperSport United and they will be targeting their third win of this season's PSL campaign.
Coach Pitso Mosimane’s men remain the only team yet to suffer a defeat in the current season and will also look to preserve their record against a desperate Team of Choice still looking for their maiden victory of the 2019/20 PSL season.
Erik Tinkler's men will still be licking their wounds after suffering to a 1-0 loss at the hands of Black Leopards at home last time out but will be hoping their three week break ahead of the trip to the capital city will see them fresh and ready for the challenge of beating Sundowns on their own patch.
|Mamelodi Sundowns vs Maritzburg United|
|Date||Saturday, September 21|
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The Masandawana boss is one of the coaches blessed with a variety of options when it comes to team selection but will look to go for the tried and tested as he looks to secure the full three points.
Sundowns have been free-scoring in their Caf Champions League campaign where they have netted nine goals in the past two matches, but they have struggled to hit those heights in the PSL with six goals in four PSL matches so far.
However, calls are mounting that Mosimane must introduce striker Tokelo Rantie who was signed just a week ago, but it remains to be seen if the coach will succumb to pressure and finally unleash the experienced forward.
On the other hand, Mosimane will also look to give Ali Meza another opportunity after making his start against Amatsantsantsa whilst there is the possibility of playing Aubrey Ngoma to boost his attacking options.
Sundowns fans are yet to see Mauricio Affonso who is still nursing an injury and the absence of experienced defender in the form of Ricardo Nascimento is not a major blow as the likes of Mosa Lebusa and Wayne Arendse have filled the void so far.
Although Mosimane will be happy to have Gaston Sirino for this encounter, he will be forced to have a chat with the Uruguayan star to watch his temperament as he narrowly escaped a red card in the Wafa Wafa clash this week.
For the hosts, Tinkler will be happy with the possibility of midfielders Miguel Timm and Thamsanqa Sangweni returning from injury.
However, the former Bafana Bafana midfielder will be pinning his hopes on strikers Judas Moseamedi, Clive Augusto and Gabriel Nyoni to unlock the hosts’ defence.
Looking at the heart of the park, the likes of Phumlani Ntshangase and Daylon Claasen will look to shut creativity from Sundowns which will be orchestrated by Themba Zwane and Sibusiso Vilakazi.
This will be the first time these two sides meet this season but the Brazilians managed to clinch two victories in both home and away clashes in the previous campaign.
As they look to continue their dominance over Maritzburg, Sundowns will look move up the log table as they now sit fifth with eight points from four games.
On the other hand, United occupy the 14th spot with two points after drawing twice and suffering as many losses.
Heading to Tshwane, they will hope to cause an upset and secure their first win of the season, but the odds, and recent history, are against them.