The two forms teams clash in a league match in Pretoria with their early title credentials under scrutiny. Over the past few years, matches between Swallows and Sundowns have been among the most anticipated.
Downs are top of the table with 20 points, leading Swallows by two, and are unbeaten at home. But a win for Swallows will see them go top.
Downs defender Rashid Sumaila admitted that they will need to be at their best to win.
“We have to stay focused and disciplined,” Sumalia said. “Swallows are a very good side.”
Last season Swallows pipped Sundowns in the MTN8 semifinal en route to winning the title. In the league, the Dube Birds won 1-0 and 2-0. The last time Downs beat Swallows was in 2011 when they won 4-0.
Swallows striker Siyabonga Nomvethe believes that if they show the same fighting spirit as in the past few games, they won’t have difficulties against the Brazilians.
“If we can do that, nothing will stop us from achieving our goal,” Nomvethe said.
“We need to continue playing as a team and working hard. Then I think we will be fine,” he added.
Both teams will look to their game-winning players to swing the big match in their favour – Swallows to the rejuvenated Lerato Chabangu and Nomvethe, while Downs will be hoping the craft of Khama Billiat or the rumbustious current form of Dove Wome will be decisive.