Leopards and Cosmos are evenly matched

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Kick off is at 15h30.

Both Lidoda Duvha and Ezenkosi need a haul of three points, as much to lift the spirits of their players with the mid-season break looming as to move a few positions up the League table.

It is too early for either camp to start worrying, as they are realistically just a couple of wins away from surging into the top half of the League – such has been the competitiveness of the Absa Premiership – but the prospect of spending the festive season marooned in or near the danger zone is one that neither Leopards’ Boebie Solomons nor Cosmos’ Jomo Sono would like to contemplate.

The hosts are a place ahead of Cosmos thanks to their superior goal difference, but their recent form is the more worrying.

Leopards have lost four of their last five League matches and have suffered nine defeats overall, the highest of any club in the Premiership right now.

Their last outing saw them suffer a heart-breaking 2-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Thanda Royal Zulu FC, as they conceded the match winning goal in the dying seconds of injury time.

Cosmos though, are also in poor form. A 3-1 win over Moroka Swallows on December 2 seemed to signal the start of a possible resurgence from Sono’s side, but consecutive losses at the hands of Golden Arrows and Bloemfontein Celtic have put them back at square one.

They will take solace from the fact that they defeated Leopards both home and away in the League last season, but the head-to-head record between the two teams in quite evenly matched, with Cosmos having won only one match more than their opponents since the 2001/02 season.