Arrows look to add to Sundowns' troubles


Kick off is at 15h30.

The Brazilians have lost three matches on the spin in South Africa’s top flight and currently occupy a lowly 13th place on 21 points, just seven above basement club Black Leopards.

Their hopes of claiming a third consecutive title to match the feat achieved by their legendary team of the late 90’s have long expired, and now they must improve rapidly if they are to at least claim a place in the top half of the table.

Coach Trott Moloto, who replaced Gordon Igesund last week and had the misfortune of losing 3-1 to Moroka Swallows in his first game in charge, must now try to inspire his side ahead of their trip to KwaZulu-Natal.

Sundowns did at least secure their place in the second round of the MTN CAF Champions League with a 4-0 win over Miembeni of Zanzibar, but the Chloorkop side were unimpressive against the minnows.

Arrows, in contrast, have been in great form lately.

Three wins in their last five matches is a testament to their improvement under coach Manqoba Mngqithi and they were unlucky not to come away with all three points from their match with Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg on Saturday evening.

Abafana Bes'thende will be hoping to secure a league ‘double’ over Sundowns after defeating the defending champions 2-1 at Loftus in October last year.

Arrows:Date Opponent H/A Result01/03/08 Orlando Pirates A D 1-123/02/08 Moroka Swallows H W 1-020/02/08 AmaZulu A W 1-016/02/08 Free State Stars H D 2-212/02/08 Platinum Stars A W 2-0

Sundowns:27/02/08 Moroka Swallows H L 1-324/02/08 BidVest Wits H L 2-320/02/08 Orlando Pirates A L 1-311/02/08 AmaZulu A W 2-122/12/07 Free State Stars A W 1-0

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS:League meetings since 2000/01

2000/01Sundowns 3 (B.Mnguni, Bapela, Mudau) Arrows 0Arrows 1 (Lakay) Sundowns 2 (Mthalane, Chukwu)

2001/02Sundowns 2 (B.Mnguni, Scott) Arrows 1 (Ncube)Arrows 2 (Dladla, Dlamini) Sundowns 0

2002/03Sundowns 0 Arrows 0Arrows 1 (Khanyeza (pen)) Sundowns 0

2003/04Arrows 0 Sundowns 0Sundowns 4 (Mthembu, Sapula, Mudau, Mthombeni) Arrows 2 (Gulwa, Dlamini)

2004/05Sundowns 0 Arrows 0Arrows 5 (Sibeko, Mshengu 2, Khanyeza, R.Henyekane) Sundowns 2 (Nyandoro, Rammile)

2005/06Sundowns 1 (S.Ndlovu) Arrows 1 (Meirung)Arrows 0 Sundowns 2 (Torrealba, Mashehe)

2006/07Arrows 1 (V.Vilakazi) Sundowns 0Sundowns 3 (Moriri 2, Dladla) Arrows 0

2007/08Sundowns 1 (Nyandoro) Arrows 2 (Gopane, Vilakazi)