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19 Dec 2015
5:37 pm

Sundowns seek to keep winning run going


Fresh off their title-winning exploits midweek in the Telkom Knockout final against Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns will be riding a wave of confidence when they take on Orlando Pirates in their Premiership match at Loftus Stadium on Sunday.

If Sundowns strike the form that has seen them go seven league matches unbeaten, then the Yellow Brigade are in for another good day at the office.

Sundowns have kept six clean sheets compared to only one by Pirates. With the exception of the two clashes in 2014 where the Bucs won 3 – 0 and 2 – 0 in a league and cup clash, the margins, win or lose for either side, have been 1 – 0, with one 1-1 draw.

The Buccaneers are playing catch up in their league programme, having only played nine games to the rest of the teams’ 11 fixtures.  But significantly for Sundowns, the Soweto outfit have only won three of these games, losing four and drawing two.

These results, however, do not tell the whole story. The Orlando side produced sterling results in their CAF run which led them to the final of the Confederation Cup, and the side has been challenged to show that same kind of form in the domestic league. Ahead of this Sunday’s game, they have had three weeks’ rest, so the issue of being exhausted will not come into play.

In the early part of the league, Sundowns struggled somewhat, but coach Pitso Mosimane will be pleased with the way his side is finding the net.  They have scored 13 goals in their last five games, scoring three in all except one game against Chippa United.

The critical part is that they are taking the chances they create, as seen against Chiefs where they had to play counter-attacking football and often scoring against the run of play.

Dennis Onyango put in a superb performance against Chiefs, showing why he is now the number one goalkeeper in the side. The two penalties he saved showed how high his confidence is, and even Kennedy Mweene was first onto the pitch to congratulate the Ugandan international, showing the rapport that exists in the goalkeeping department.

This game being the last for the year for both sides, they will almost certainly throw everything at each other.