PREVIEW: Downs v Leopards

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has made it clear that they are going to fight with everything they have to steal the Absa Premiership title from current log leaders Kaizer Chiefs on the last day of the season.

They face a relegation threatened Black Leopards side at Dobsonville Stadium in the final league match at 15:30.

Downs seem to have picked up their form after starting slow following the resumption of football.

The fact they are chasing their 10th tittle “La Decima” is a huge thing within the Sundowns camp and it will be huge motivation for them. Their star players such as Themba Zwane and Gaston Sirino are also picking up their form at the right time while young players such as Keletso Makgalwa, Promise Mkhuma and Sphelele Mkhulise are also rising up to the occasion.

Leopards’ 1-0 victory against Bidvest Wits midweek was definitely a major boost, but those might just have been their last points of the season. It remains to be seen if they have accumulated enough points to save their status.

The absence of their top goal scorer and captain Mwape Musonda due to suspension will definitely be felt. It might just be time for underrated striker Themba Ndlovu to be unleashed and prove his worth.

If Leopards play the same way they did against SuperSport United and AmaZulu, when they face Sundowns today, then they will definitely be in trouble.

Leopards have never beaten any of the top four opposition this season and it is likely to remain that way if their form is anything to go by.

LEOPARDS PLAYERS TO WATCH 

Edwin Gyimah

Gymah is one of Leopards’ best signings in a long time. His never die attitude and commitment at the back has saved Leopards on numerous occasions this season and they will need him to be at his best this afternoon.

Donald Makgetlwa

The departure of Lesedi Kapinga caused a lot of panic amongst the Leopards faithful given their log position, but the promotion of Makgetlwa has shown that anyone is replaceable. The 23-year-old has shown great qualities and performed way better than expected since the resumption of football.

Tumelo Khutlang

The Lesotho international was never given a chance at the beginning of the season but has has grabbed the opportunity with both hands during the bio-bubble. He was unlucky not to salvage a point in the dying minutes of their loss to AmaZulu.

With the absence of Musonda, Leopards will rely on the 24-year-old to show his qualities in front of goal.

SUNDOWNS PLAYERS TO WATCH 

Themba Zwane

This afternoon’s match will require players who are able to carry their team when they are needed the most and Zwane is definitely one of those players. His two goals in the last three matches is a big sign that he found his form and could prove to be handful to Leopards’ defence.

Gaston Sirino

Just like Zwane, Sirino is a pillar in the Sundowns attack. Sundowns can benefit from his creativity if he is on top of his game and will be the player to watch this afternoon. The Uruguayan will be looking to add on his three league goals this season.

Sphelele Mkhulise

Mkhulise is slowly but surely commanding a regular place in the Sundowns team with some decent performances. This could be a perfect stage for the former Leopards player to shine against his former club. Mosimane has shown so much faith in the player and is grown in confidence with each match.

Prediction: Sundowns 2-1 Leopards

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By Ofhani Munyai

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