Masandawana go into the game fresh off a goalless draw against Bloemfontein Celtic and will hope to bounce back against the Students.
On the other hand, coach Gavin Hunts’ men are determined not to repeat last season’s misfortunes, and are currently on a run of two defeats in their last five games.
|Game||Sundowns v Bidvest Wits|
|Date||Sunday, October 07|
|Time||15:30 pm SA Time|
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|Midfielders||Anthony Laffor, George Lebese, Aubrey Ngoma (all injured)|
|Attackers||Cuthbert Malajila (Injured)|
With goal scoring an apparent problem for Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, he may not look to tinker too much with his squad in hope that with more game time goals might be forthcoming. The likes of Toni Silva, Phakamani Mahlambi and Lebohang Maboe have all opened their accounts for Sundowns with the latter the club’s current joint top scorer with two goals.
However, it remains to be seen whether or not Mosimane might opt to give Jeremy Brockie a run. The New Zealand forward has only made three appearances so far this season, but Mosimane could perhaps consider throwing Brockie up front in order to combat Wits’ physicality at the back.
Nonetheless, Mosimane could also welcome back Oupa Manyisa, who missed the draw with Celtic due to a bout of flu.
Sundowns have kept back-to back clean sheets which could see Ricardo Nascimento continue to partner Motjeka Madisha at the back.
Meanwhile, the Wits technical team will have a lot to think about in terms of squad selection ahead of the game. After putting aside newly crowned MTN8 champions Cape Town City, several players have picked up their hands for selection. But one name that is likely to be one of the first on the scoresheet is Simon Murray.
The Scottish-born striker is currently Wits' leading goal scorer with three goals and has even caught the attention of the Sundowns mentor, who admitted that his side will need to wary of him ahead of the game.
Murray along with creative mastermind Deon Hotto, who has created three goals so far this season, are just but some of Wits' danger men to look out for on the day.
On head-to-head stats, Sundowns are certainly favourites going into the match. Sunday’s clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium will be the 29th meeting between the two sides. Out of the previous 28 games, 17 have ended in favour of the Tshwane giants, while just seven have gone the way of Wits.
Sundowns also completed the double over the Students last season, which could motivate the Braamfontein-based outfit, who last tasted victory over the former African champions in their triumphant 2016/17 season, to seek revenge
Sundowns though, are on an unbeaten run of 19 PSL games and will certainly test the character of their opponents, who will look to take advantage of Orlando Pirates recent draw and build a three-point lead at the top.