Sundowns though, are on a two-game losing streak in all domestic competitions having suffered defeat in both the Nedbank Cup against Chippa United and a first league defeat of the season which came against AmaZulu last week.
Despite their defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic in their previous matchday, Leopards have been resilient under coach Dylan Kerr and were on a six-game unbeaten streak prior to that.
The Brazilians will hope to bounce back as their league title hopes rest in the balance, and victory over the PSL newbies should see Sundowns move ahead of Orlando Pirates into second place and narrow the gap at the top of the table to three points.
|Mamelodi Sundowns vs. Black Leopards|
|Date||Wednesday, February 06|
TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch
The match will be televised on SuperSport 4. You can also catch live updates on Goal.com .
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Squads & Team News
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane will almost certainly make a few changes to his squad from the team which beat Asec. New signing Emiliano Tade, who scored his first goal on debut in the Champions League, may almost immediately be drafted into the starting XI as they look to build on the 19 goals they have netted this season.
Along with Tade, the club’s leading goal scorer in the league with four goals Lebohang Maboe may be key alongside Gaston Sirino. Themba Zwane, who has been in hot form of late may also see Mosimane call upon him as Leopards have not had the most stable of defences having conceded 25 goals this season in the league.
While conceding has been an issue of concern for Leopards especially after allowing three goals against Celtic, finding the back of the net has not been all too difficult.
League top scorer and Player of the Month for December/January Mwape Musonda, is the player to watch for Lidoda Duvha and his pace, skill and physicality could trouble one of the league's stingiest defences.
Sundowns may also need to wary in the last 15 minutes of the game as Leopards have a tendency to score late. With players such as Tshwarelo Bereng and Musonda among others, nearly 40% of Leopards goals have come in the period of minutes 75-90.
This will be the 14th encounter involving the two sides with Sundowns the dominant force as they have won 10 of the 13 previous meetings while Leopards have won just three.
The last time that Sundowns locked horns with the Thohoyandou-based outfit was in 2013, with the Tshwane giants 5-2 victors away from home.