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Bidvest Wits v Mamelodi Sundowns

Bidvest Wits v Mamelodi Sundowns: Kick off, TV channel, live score, squad news & preview

09:09 SAST 2019/02/23
Deon Hotto, Bidvest Wits & Tiyani Mabunda, Mamelodi Sundowns
With both sides vying for the league title, the clash could potentially set the victor on course to claim the coveted crown

Mamelodi Sundowns have a great opportunity to reach the Premier Soccer League (PSL) summit as they travel to Johannesburg for an exciting clash against current log leaders Bidvest Wits.

Despite it only being February, the match is not only being billed as a clash of the titans but a potential title decider.

While it may still be a bit too early to call, what is undoubted is the fact that whoever walks away victorious from Bidvest Stadium would certainly give their league title aspirations a massive boost.

With a mere two-point difference between the two sides, both Gavin hunt and his Sundowns counterpart Pitso Mosimane will be keen on victory but at the same time wary of the prospect of losing.

This creates for an intriguing battle with both sides expected to be involved in a chess match attempting to break each other down, especially as the Students and Sundowns have been two of the league's form teams this season.

Game  

Bidvest Wits v Mamelodi Sundowns 
Date Saturday, February 23
Time 18:00 

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch


The match will be live on SS4. You can also catch live updates on Goal.com

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Squads & Team News


Heading into a clash with the stakes so high, neither coach will want to give too much away and Wits’ coach Hunt will almost certainly rope back most of his key players into the squad after opting to rest some of them in the win over Black Leopards in the Nedbank Cup.

Players such as Darren Keet and Thabang Monare are expected to return to the fray as Hunt looks to win his first game against the Tshwane giants since he edged them out 1-0 in May of 2017.

Wits though will count on being solid at the back while at the same time lethal in front of goal.

This should see Simon Murray continue to partner the club’s top scorer in the league Gift Motupa, who has six goals this season.

The attacking duo have alotted ten of Wits’ 29 goals so far this season, and this has largely been down to the contributions of creative mastermind Deon Hotto. The Namibia international is quickly making a name for himself as one of the PSL’s foremost playmakers, and he could potentially give his opponents something to think about.

Meanwhile, for all of the attacking threat that Wits offer, Sundowns too have an arsenal.

Having scored 23 goals and conceded just 12 makes them a formidable opponent and Wits will need to beware of the wounded lion.

Although Sundowns did not lose in midweek to Polokwane City, their draw would have felt like defeat considering the way they conceded, courtesy of an uncharacteristic mistake by Denis Onyango.

But this should not see Onyango’s confidence dampened too much and he will be expected to redeem himself.

One Sundowns player who could be in a race against time to be fit is Wayne Arendse.

The defender was suspected to have suffered a concussion against Polokwane City, but has been slowly on the road to recovery. But if he is unable to play, Sundowns have adequate depth with Rivaldo Coetzee and Mosa Lebusa in their ranks.

Upfront is perhaps Mosimane’s biggest conundrum.

While Themba Zwane is a shoo-in for a starting berth considering his recent form, the combination of Lebohang Maboe and Emiliano Tade showed signs of early jitters against City, and in such a big game will Sundowns continue to field to Argentine from the start as he continues to acclimatise to life at Chloorkop?


Match Preview


This will be the 30th meeting between these two giants of South African football.

Sundowns have clearly been the dominant force having won 17 to Wits’ seven.

However, this will be the second meeting of the campaign for these two sides as they previously met in a clash which ended 1-1 in October of 2018.