Brazilians are home for third game in a row and now host improved Chilli Boys
Mamelodi Sundowns have the opportunity to open a five-point gap to the top of the Premier Soccer League table when they host Chippa United at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday.
After seeing their closest rivals SuperSport United and Swallows FC drop points on Saturday, the Downs’ victory will extend their advantage at the top.
However, they would have played a game longer than Matsatsantsa and the Dube Birds, but still, pulling away from their pursuers is what they thought on Sunday when they came up against an improved Chippa United side.
Despite placing 13th on the table, the Port Elizabeth side had a decent run under Dan Malesela, losing just once in their last five games he was in charge as they tried to get away from the zone. relegation.
A victory for the Chilli Boys would lift them to ninth place while they will remain in their current position in the event of a tie loss.
|Thu||Mamelodi Sundowns vs. Chippa United|
|Dated||Sunday January 31|
|Time||3:30 p.m. SA|
TV channel, live score and how to watch
|Online Streaming||TV channel|
|DStv.com/DStv Now app||SuperSport / SABC 1 PSL Channel 202|
Squads & Team News
The Brazilians will host Chippa United without suspended utility player Mothobi Mvala.
The midfielder-defender received a red card in his 2-1 away win over the Black Leopards last Wednesday.
With Mvala recently converted to a center-back due to the unavailability of Ricardo Nascimento, Brian Onyango, Rivaldo Coetzee and Bangaly Soumahoro, Downs has not updated whether any of those defenders are back.
If none have returned from the ‘injury or illness’ crisis the team are facing, Sundowns could immediately throw new signing Rushine De Reuck into the fray, whose arrival at Chloorkop was officially announced on Saturday.
Chippa United has not announced the medical or injury situation in his camp.
But coach Malesela is hopeful that the best players on his team like captain Chidi Kwem, compatriot Bienvenu Eva Nga and defender Riaan Hanamub will be available.
Sundowns will play their 15th PSL game of the season as it is the 14th game for the Chilli Boys and the two teams face off against each other on Sunday.
For Downs, they have recovered from a three-game winless run after a 2-1 away win over the Black Leopards last Wednesday.
The fact that they are back on track could see them take on the Chilli Boys whose last game was a 3-0 win over the Leopards the weekend before.
Chippa has proven to be no pushover in the last few matches, however, having managed to avoid defeat in four of their last five matches in which they recorded two wins, as many draws and a failure.
This race includes two wins and a draw in their last three outings, which would make them arrive at Loftus Versfeld in a good mood.
This translates into a significant improvement under Malesela, who took over the coaching reins at the end of December 2020 against the backdrop of five successive winless games consisting of four losses and one draw.
But the former Orlando Pirates and Sundowns star led them to a much improved campaign, guiding them out of the relegation zone.
A tight defense from Sundowns who have conceded just seven goals in 14 league games, the campaign’s lowest so far, will now be put to the test by a significantly improved Chippa attack who has scored seven goals in the last five games.
The last PSL game between these two teams saw Masandawana convincingly win 3-0 at home in February 2020.