The MTN8 remains the only trophy Pitso Mosimane hasn't won since joining Mamelodi Sundowns, and while he often it's played too early in the season, he will definitely play to win it.
Sundowns are at home to Golden Arrows, who last won the MTN8 in 2009.
What makes this fixture interesting is the fact that Arrows bundled Sundowns out of the Nedbank Cup at the same venue in April 2017.
On paper, the Tshwane giants are strong favourites to book their passage to the next round, but given the unpredictable nature of the MTN8, that is not a foregone conclusion.
|Game||Mamelodi Sundowns v Golden Arrows|
|Date||Saturday, August 11|
|Time||3:00pm SA Time|
TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch
In South Africa, the game will be shown live on SuperSport 4 and SABC 1. You can also catch live score updates on Goal.com.
|Live Match Centre||TV Channel|
|Goal.com||SS4 & SABC 1|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeeper||Denis Onyango (injured)|
|Defender||Ricardo Nascimento (doubtful)|
|Midfielder||Andile Jali (injured)|
Mosimane may be forced to make changes to the teams that started the season with goalkeeper Denis Onyango still recovering from injury.
The Uganda international had to be rushed to hospital in their game against Polokwane City, and while he confirmed that he's feeling much, the technical team could opt to rest him for this encounter.
Sundowns have Kennedy Mweene and Reyaad Pieterse as possible replacements for Onyango, while there's also Thela Ngobeni available for selection.
Andile Jali hasn't fully recovered despite missing the first two matches of the season, meaning Hlompho Kekana and Oupa Manyisa are most likely to continue in the middle of the park.
Mosa Lebusa could be handed his official debut for the club with Ricard Nascimento a major doubt for the clash in Tshwane. The Brazilian centre-back will undergo a late fitness test before a decision can be made on whether or not he's ready to play.
Potential Sundowns XI: Mweene; Ngcongca, Langerman, Lebusa, Arendse; Kekana, Manyisa, Maboe; Zwane, Vilakazi, Brockie.
Arrows on the other hand, have a clean bill of health which will be good news for Clinton Larsen as he looks to guide them to the semi-finals of the MTN8.
Larsen has proven more often than not that he prefers to stick with the same players.
Abafana Bes'thende lost Kudakwashe Mahachi to Orlando Pirates, but in Lerato Lamola and Knox Mutizwa, they have two attackers who are capable of hurting any team at any given day.
The match will also see Siyanda Zwane come up against his former employers, who decided to loan him out the Durban-based side a few weeks ago.
Potential Arrows XI: Gumede, S.Zwane, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Lunga, Venter, Molefe, Phiri, Sabelo, Mutizwa, Lamola.
Sundowns will fancy their chances of progressing to the semi-finals given their dominance over Arrows in recent years.
The two teams have met 17 times to date, with Sundowns recording nine wins to Arrows' four, while the other four matches have ended in draws.
What makes Sundowns dangerous is the fact that they didn't concede in the two teams' last three matches.
Arrows will need to come up with a good game plan to breach the Sndowns back four and change this.