Booth: Sundowns and Wits clash could dictate who wins the PSL title

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Former Masandawana defender Matthew Booth shared his thoughts with Goal ahead of Saturday's crunch encounter

Mamelodi Sundowns are set to face off against Bidvest Wits at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, on Saturday.

It is a highly anticipated encounter as two of the Premier Socccer League’s (PSL) strongest teams collide.

In the build-up to the game Goal spoke to former Masandawana defender Matthew Booth. The 39-year-old was a fan favourite after spending two spells at Chloorkop and he was full of praise for the current generation of Sundowns players and staff.

“Sundowns have done superbly well considering their fixture lists this month,” Booth told Goal.

“Nobody can doubt the quality of their team but their man management of their players, the rotation of their players, and the rejuvenation of their players after each game has been vital when you play one game every four days. The medical staff has done an exceptional job in that regard.”

Booth also expressed that the winner of the encounter, could have the confidence to go on and claim the PSL title. Wits currently stand at the summit of the log but a win for the Brazilians would narrow the gap between the two sides.

“It’s still quite early on but this could very well dictate who wins the championship, not just from a confidence point of view but as well as a points point of view as both these teams have games in hand,” Booth said.

“If I was a betting man I would put money on either Wits or Sundowns to win the league."

“So from a confidence point of view whoever wins this could very well go on to win the title," he indicated.

Going into the game the Tshwane giants have confirmed that the trio of Anele Ngcongca, Anthony Laffor and Khama Billiat are carrying injuries and likely to miss the clash against the Clever Boys.

But the former Bafana Bafana star believes that Sundowns have the depth to not be overshadowed by their notable absentees.

“Ngcongca hasn’t particularly played many games for them but certainly Laffor and Billiat would be missed,” he added.

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“I’m not sure if the injuries are hundred percent true as it could be mind games from Sundowns point of view. But if they do lose Laffor and Billiat they have plenty of cover in that regard and won’t feel it that much."

Booth also stated that he predicts the league title to go to either Sundowns or Wits despite other teams challenging for honours.

“It will be between Sundowns and Wits, both squads probably have the best quality and the best depth in the league. I feel SuperSport(United) will be there and there about and of course (Kaizer) Chiefs. But when you look at the squad, the depth and the quality I think Wits and Sundowns are ahead of those two teams,” Booth concluded.

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