With the Citizens still reeling from their 3-2 defeat which the scoreline perhaps slightly flattered Benni McCarthy’s men, they will hope to derail Sundowns’ title aspirations.
City are also by no means out of the title race and while their chances may be seen as slim, victory against Sundowns could repel them into second spot should other results go their way.
Sundowns on the other hand, will hope to extend their lead at the summit after struggling to overcome Bloemfontein Celtic on the weekend, playing out to a goalless draw and are just a point clear of Bidvest Wits.
|Cape Town City v Mamelodi Sundowns|
|Date||Tuesday, March 05|
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Meanwhile, City showed true grit and determination as they turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win against Bidvest Wits, and Benni McCarthy is likely to keep faith in most of the squad which did battle on the night.
Kermit Erasmus is expected to keep his place in the team having netted his second goal of the season against Wits and despite Siphelele Mthembu being the club’s top scorer with seven goals, he could continue to start from the bench.
McCarthy would have also been impressed with new signing Chris David, who showed his quality against Wits having been handed his first start and will be keen to see him continue to combine with the club’s top creative masterminds in Riyaad Norodien and Gift Links.
With no suspensions to worry about, City will hope to exact their revenge and perhaps surprise their opponents.
For Sundowns, changes might be inevitable. With a Caf Champions League clash against Lobi Stars on the weekend, Mosimane might choose to rest one or two players, but what is certain is that the core of the team should remain the same.
Goalscoring though has been a constant worry for Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane as they have been shut out on six occasions this season and combined with their recent woes away from home where they have won just one of their last five games in competitions, Mosimane will be a worried man.
But Mosimane should keep faith in Lebohang Maboe, who is the club’s top scorer in the league with six goals, along with Gaston Sirino who is the club’s playmaker.
However, the last time these two sides met, it was Phakamani Mahlambi who was also on the scoresheet and Mosimane could use his pace upfront in order to expose City’s fragile defence which has conceded 29 goals.
This will be the ninth meeting between the two sides and after Sundowns’ most recent victory, both sides are tied on four wins apiece in all competitions.
This throws up an intriguing encounter and while the match proves difficult to call, the only certainty is that the away side will not have it all their own way in the Mother City.