PREVIEW: Usuthu are the underdogs or are they?

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AmaZulu FC will go to this afternoon’s encounter against Mamelodi Sundowns at Johnson Kings Park Stadium at 15:00 as the underdogs given the past games between the two sides.

In the last five matches between the two teams, Usuthu have only won once and it was 2-0 away victory in 2019.

From there it has been Masadawana who have won the other four games convincingly. The good news for neutrals is that whenever these two teams meet, we are guaranteed goals.

In the last five encounters between the two sides 18 goals have been scored, with the Pretoria club scoring 13 of them including in a 5-0 drubbing in at Lucas Moripe Stadium about two years ago.

This match has all the elements of a himdinger with both teams looking for maximum points for different reasons.

The Brazilians want to open a nine-point gap at the top of the log from second placed Usuthu, while Benni McCarthy’s charges will look to reduce the point gap to just three with a victory against the visitors.

Sundowns boast of the best defensive record in the league so far, having conceeded only 11 goals in 20 matches and they have scored 34 goals thus far.

A disciplined and ever improving AmaZulu defence which has leaked 19 goals will be tested by the most vicious attack in the league, comprising of Themba Zwane, Peter Shalulile and Gaston Sirino.

The likes of Luvuyo Memela, Augustine Mulenga and the resurgent Thabo Qalinge might cause problems for the Sundowns defence.

If the first leg result is anything to go by – Downs won 4-3, we are guaranteed a spectacular duel today.

It will be the first time McCarthy faces the Sundowns’ coaching trio and he will have a point to prove, having defeated the likes of Gavin Hunt, Kaitano Tembo and Steve Barker this season.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter

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