Supersport aiming for double over Sundowns


Kick off is at 19h30.

Title favourites Matsatsantsa beat the Brazilians 3-2 in an enthralling league game in December 2007 and now the blue half of Pretoria has a rare chance to take six points off the defending champions as they seek to usurp their championship crown.

However, Sundowns have returned to form in great style in recent weeks. Perhaps the first genuine sign of their revival under caretaker coach Trott Moloto was a 2-1 win over Supersport in the first round of the cup in mid-March.

The Brazilians have moved within striking distance of the top eight after three straight Premiership wins (easily their best sequence in the league this season) and they are also safely through to the last four of the cup and looking good for a second knockout title this season.

While they may not be able to defend the league title they won in 2005/06 and 2006/07, at least this match gives them a chance to possibly have a big say in just where the title ends up.

In head-to-head statistics, ’Downs have traditionally had the better of their cross-town rivals, winning 17 matches to United's nine in 33 league games since 1991, outscoring them 56 goals to 36.

Supersport:Date H/A Opponent Result12/04/08 A Orlando Pirates W 1-006/04/08 A AmaZulu L 0-223/03/08 H Free State Stars W 6-109/03/08 A Platinum Stars W 2-004/03/08 H Ajax Cape Town W 3-2

Sundowns:16/04/08 H Thanda Royal Zulu W 2-013/04/08 H Kaizer Chiefs W 1-019/03/08 A Black Leopards W 3-012/03/08 H Santos D 0-008/03/08 H Bloemfontein Celtic D 0-0

HEAD TO HEAD STATS:League meetings since 1996/97:

1996/97Sundowns 3 (Chukwu 2, Mnguni) SuperSport 2 (Peer 2)SuperSport 1 (E.Motale) Sundowns 1 (Phetla)

1997/98Sundowns 0 SuperSport 0Supersport 1 (Koumatarakis) Sundowns 2 (Niemach 2)

1998/99Sundowns 0 SuperSport 4 (Orritt, Salmo, Peer 2)SuperSport 0 Sundowns 0

1999/00Supersport 1 (Seopa) Sundowns 4 (Mudau 2 (1 Pen), Motlohi, Shai)Sundowns 4 (Mudau, Shai 2, Ndlovu) Supersport 1 (Seopa)

2000/01Sundowns 0 Supersport 0SuperSport 1 (Mayo) Sundowns 1 (Ndlovu)

2001/02Sundowns 1 (Mbele) Supersport 2 (Moeti, Soma-Phiri)Supersport 4 (Zulu, Raselemane, Madigage, Khoabane) Sundowns 1 (Mudau)

2002/03Supersport 0 Sundowns 2 (Marumo, Scott)Sundowns 0 Supersport 2 (Mwamba, Raselemane)

2003/04SuperSport 1 (Raselemane) Sundowns 1 (Kilambe)Sundowns 0 Supersport 1 (Khoabane)

2004/05Sundowns 1 (Mashehe) Supersport 2 (Takutchie, Mokoro)Supersport 0 Sundowns 1 (Chabangu)

2005/06Sundowns 2 (Torrealba, Moriri) Supersport 2 (Mphela 2)Supersport 0 Sundowns 1 (Nyandoro)

2006/07Supersport 0 Sundowns 1 (Sapula)Sundowns 2 (Sapula, Sheppard) Supersport 0

2007/08Sundowns 2 (Ndlovu, Dladla) Supersport 3 (Pelembe 2, Khumalo)