Mamelodi Sundowns have returned to Premier Soccer League to face Stellenbosch after some time off. Sundowns wanted to focus on their CAF Champions League campaign. They had a difficult challenge as the Saturday’s Telkom Knockout was just around the corner. They were meeting in final against Maritzburg United.
Mosimane’s team made South Africa proud with two opening rounds of the Champions League group stages. After their victory over Petro de Luanda 3-0 at home, they grounded a draw with Wydad Casablanca 0-0 in Morocco. The team received a warm welcome from hostile Wydad fans, who respect Mamelodi Sundowns as a worthy opponent.
Stellenbosch or Mamelodi Sundowns?
They already know how difficult is to do well in Champions League and managing the domestic games at the same time is almost impossible. The match against Stellenbosch was first thought to be an away game but now it was marked as a home fixture because of Sundowns’ busy schedule. Stellies have many things to look forward to. For example, the fact that they are taking on a tired, second-string opponent. However, Sundowns are still desperate to keep their points as they are falling down the PSL results log.
“Stellies have a great coach who will not just give up and play for the draw with Sundowns. Steve Barker is here to win. Their mission is to win this and we have seen them losing 4-0 to Kaizer Chiefs and rising from it into a draw against SuperSport United.” – former Sundowns star Joel Masilela added.
“That means they are able to regroup and won’t come to Pretoria and give away the points. I expect a great game and an open one. They will attack as they need points but everything will depend on who wants to win the most and who is hungry that day.”
The match will take place on Wednesday 11th December at 19:30. Mamelodi Sundowns are likely to rest their star player before the Telkom Knockout final as they are far from winning a trophy in domestic competitions. With that in mind, Stellenbosch might really have a chance here. The most probable prediction here is a scoreless stalemate. Make sure you got the betway voucher before the game starts.