Ajax Cape Town’s 1-1 draw with Platinum Stars in midweek moved the leaders two points clear of Supersport, but Gavin Hunt's team now have a game in hand and will target a move to the top of the league when Ea Lla Koto come to Atteridgeville at the weekend.
Matsatsantsa did suffer the blow of falling out of the Nedbank Cup in the first round at the hands of Tshwane rivals Mamelodi Sundowns last Saturday, but that will surely have forced them to focus their energies on winning their first top flight league title.
Their recent form in the Absa Premiership is excellent; they are unbeaten in nine games, having picked up 23 out of a possible 27 points.
Stars, however, will be no pushovers. They may have suffered a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs in their last league outing, but their excellent return to the PSL sees them in a position where they could be regarded as dark horses for the title. They are placed fourth, eight points adrift of Ajax, but a win over Supersport would put them right back in the reckoning with seven rounds still to go.
Ea Lla Koto also has the edge when it comes to head-to-head statistics.
The Free State side has won seven matches to Supersport's six in their 23 league meetings since 1991, outscoring the Tshwane team 30 goals to 28.
Supersport UnitedDate H/A Opponent Result09/03/08 A Platinum Stars W 2-004/03/08 H Ajax Cape Town W 3-229/02/08 A BidVest Wits D 0-023/02/08 A Kaizer Chiefs W 1-020/02/08 H Jomo Cosmos D 1-1
Free State Stars09/03/08 H Kaizer Chiefs L 1-405/03/08 A Jomo Cosmos D 0-001/03/08 H Thanda Royal Zulu D 2-223/02/08 A Black Leopards W 2-120/02/08 H Bloemfontein Celtic W 1-0