Why win over Chiefs is so important for Sundowns on Saturday…

Mamelodi Sundowns will arrive at FNB Stadium in a buoyant mood for their date with Kaizer Chiefs
Mamelodi Sundowns will arrive at FNB Stadium in a buoyant mood for their date with Kaizer Chiefs
Lefty Shivambu

The value of champions Mamelodi Sundowns’ latest visit to Kaizer Chiefs will carry more than just the three points available to play for on Saturday.

Sundowns will be on the N1 South for the short trip to FNB Stadium in what will be the 54th league meeting between the two clubs through the PSL era years. 

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The Brazilians won the reverse fixture 4-0 in August and another victory on Saturday will surprisingly be their first-ever league double over AmaKhosi since domestic topflight football was rebranded and realigned into what is now known as the PSL in 1996.  

It sounds rather strange, but Sundowns haven’t taken all six points available in the same season against Chiefs.

The bookmakers already have the champions as overwhelming favourites for this tie based on recent form.

A win for Rulani Mokwena’s charges on Saturday will set the longest winning run in the league at 12 consecutive wins.

Just like they have done now with 11 wins in a row in league matches they also won 11 games on the trot in the 2006/07 season under Gordon Igesund on their way to the league title.

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Victory on Saturday will push the margin to a new record high of 12 league wins in a row and push them within eight 10 points of the lowest league winning total of 54 points that SuperSport United in the 2007/08 season.

After Saturday, Sundowns will still have another 12 games (36 points) to play for with the highest tally record (which they hold from a 16-team league) of 71 points the next target. 

A sixth consecutive title already has the first letter of their name on it having already established a-14-points lead at the top which could grow further with Richards Bay (second) and SuperSport United (third) playing facing off on Sunday.

What is scary about Downs’ winning streak is that they have only conceded twice in winning eleven league games in a row.

Only Pule Mmodi of Golden Arrows and Chippa United’s Thabiso Lebitso have managed to score against Sundowns in the last nine games.  

The two teams yet to be beaten by Sundowns in the league this season are TS Galaxy and Sekhukhune United who The Brazilians play in consecutive matches after Chiefs.

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