NFD PREVIEW - WEEK 25

MILANO UNITED FC v MBOMBELA UNITED FC

Milano will look for a third win in a row and further relief from the relegation when they meet tricky Mbombela on Saturday. Wins over FC Cape Town and Mthatha Bucks in the past week have seen the Cape side move to 13th place on the log and 6 points clear of the drop zone. However, there is still work to be done. Mbombela have won all three previous matches against the Cape side and have never conceded a goal against Milano. Mbombela and are just about safe form any relegation worries.

ROYAL EAGLES v THANDA ROYAL ZULU

A second KZN derby in a row for Eagles and another tough encounter for the logleaders at Harry Gwala on Saturday. Eagles have won 3 out the 11 meetings between the two sides with Thanda winning 5. Thanda beat Eagles 2 – 0 in Richards Bay in round 1 and another win would take Thanda one step closer to the NFD title and the PSL. Eagles lost to Amazulu in their previous match and slipped to 5th on the log, but are still very much in reach of a place in the post season.

MAGESI FC v FC CAPE TOWN

With recent big home wins over title chasing Royal Eagles and Jomo Cosmos, you would be brave betting against Magesi beating FC Cape Town in Limpopo on Saturday. While the Polokwane based side are still in the relegation zone, they are just 5 points behind their visitors in 14th position. However, with a -15 goal difference, even a win for the home side will still leave them in the drop zone. Things are desperate for the Cape side too as they are without a win in 8 matches since 15 February.

MTHATHA BUCKS v WITBANK SPURS

Both Bucks and Spurs dropped points in midweek and will be keen to get back to winning ways in order to re-ignite their season. The home side are unbeaten in Mthatha so far this season, but did lose 1 – 2 at home against Spurs in the previous campaign. Both sides still have an outside chance of making the post season and with matches running out, the points are becoming a valuable commodity.   

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA v STELLENBOSCH FC

Tuks finally won in midweek after a drought of four losses in a row and will again be tested by visiting Stellenbosch FC on Sunday. While Tuks were beating Santos, Stellenbosch FC went down to Mbombela in Kanyamazane. Tuks have won all four previous meetings against the Cape side, and if that trend continues, then the Pretoria side could find themselves back in the top half of the table. Stellenbosch FC will want to get back to winning ways though as they slipped out of the top 3 for the first time in a month after their loss in midweek.            

SANTOS FC v REAL KINGS

The former PSL champions are in a lot of trouble. Bottom of the log for a 6th week and in the relegation zone for the past 13 weeks is not a good omen of success. The Cape side are also 7 points away from escaping the drop zone to make matters worse. They face a Real Kings side on Sunday who have only lost once in their last 7 matches and have beaten the likes of Leopards and Cosmos this year. However, the KZN side has only one win on the road this season.

AMAZULU FC v CT ALL STARS

Three wins in a row has seen Usuthu climb from 8th to 3rd on the log and win against All Stars will consolidate their Playoff spot. The KZN side have never lost against their Cape opponents who are struggling to survive the season in 13th position. The last time that the Cape side won was six matches ago in mid February. They do have the match in hand still to play against Cosmos.   

JOMO COSMOS v BLACK LEOPARDS

The match between Cosmos and Leopards will be played on Wednesday due to Cosmos playing Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup on Saturday. After their shock home defeat against Real Kings and away draw versus Thanda, Leopards will want to get back to winning ways in order to consolidate their Playoff position. Cosmos have failed to win in the NFD for the past 4 matches and have alarmingly dropped to 11th on the log. They do have a match in hand against All Stars still to play as well. Cosmos and Leopards have met 27 times, with Cosmos winning 7 and the visitors 9.