Here is a look at tonight’s games and a quick prediction as to what will happen.
Free State Stars v Polokwane City (6pm)
Tom Saintfiet will be looking for more from the Ea Lla Koto strikeforce, with Stars having drawn blanks in their last three matches in league and cup. The goals have dried up for Moeketsi Sekola, who had started the season in fine fettle. Polokwane City might just be obliging, having conceded a ridiculous 20 goals in nine league games thus far. They did keep a clean sheet in their last match, however, Kosta Papic’s side stunning Bidvest Wits 2-0 away from home. Puleng Tlolane remains one to watch for City.
Prediction: Free State Stars 2 Polokwane City 1
University of Pretoria v Ajax Cape Town (7.30pm)
Tuks coach Steve Barker is under pressure, with the Pretoria side having won just one game all season, at Chippa United on August 20. They currently sit second bottom of the table, with their main problem not hard to identify – they have scored five league goals all season. Ajax are unlikely to make life any easier for Barker’s men, though Roger De Sa’s side were thumped 4-1 by Orlando Pirates in the TKO quarterfinal in their last outing. The Urban Warriors have also won just once away from home all season, but still lie second on the log.
Prediction: Tuks 0 Ajax 2
Mamelodi Sundowns v MP Black Aces (7.30pm)
Pitso Mosimane was forced to apologise this week for his post-match rant after the Orlando Pirates league game earlier in the season. The Brazilians have had an only occasionally inspired start to the defence of their title and will face tricky opposition in Aces, level on points with them at the moment in the table. Clive Barker’s side are unbeaten in their last five league matches, and have won their last three. Sundowns, however, haven’t lost since that Pirates embarrassment and should be too good tonight.
Prediction: Sundowns 3 Aces 1
Moroka Swallows v SuperSport United (7.30pm)
Fani Madida got off to a good start as Swallows caretaker coach, ending Kaizer Chiefs’ winning streak, and snapping Swallows’ own five-game losing streak with a 1-1 draw at FNB Stadium. Now, however, he could do with a win to help prove his belief that it is about time he got a chance to be a head coach. SuperSport, however, have won five of their six games under Gordon Igesund, and if anyone knows how to beat Swallows, it has to be their former mentor.
AmaZulu v Kaizer Chiefs (7.30pm)
Rock bottom AmaZulu will do well to get anything out of high-flying Amakhosi this evening. Chiefs have stuttered slightly of late, drawing with Swallows and being knocked out of the Telkom Knockout by Platinum Stars. But that should make them extra-motivated to make the most of their trip to Durban tonight. AmaZulu have not won a league game all season, though caretaker coach Wilfred Mugeyi’s side should have gained some confidence from taking Sundowns all the way to extra time in the Telkom Knockout last 8.
Prediction – AmaZulu 1 Chiefs 3
Maritzburg United v Bloemfontein Celtic (7.30pm)
The Team of Choice are going well this season, Steve Komphela’s side third in the table, having hammered SuperSport United 4-1 in Tshwane in their last match. Terrance Mandaza netted a double in that game, while Kwanda Mngonyama continues to show superb form at the back. Celtic, however, have finally picked up some form under Ernst Middendorp this season, with wins over Polokwane City and Tuks in their last two games lifting them up to ninth.
Prediction: Maritzburg 1 Celtic 1
Chippa United v Bidvest Wits (7.30pm)
Despite losing yet another coach this season in Kosta Papic, Chippa have done pretty well, sitting in the top eight as we speak, and holding Sundowns to a creditable 1-1 draw last time out. Caretaker coach Roger Sikhakhane seems constantly on the verge of getting the job on a permanent basis and can give another proverbial poke in the ribs of his chairman if he can beat Wits. Gavin Hunt’s side have been surprisingly inconsistent this season, and have lost their last two games in all competitions. The defeat to Polokwane City in the league was particularly stunning, and the Clever Boys need to find their feet again fast.
Prediction: Chippa 1 Wits 2