Masandawana are hoping to avoid an upset against a Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele side keen to record their first-ever league win over Pitso Mosimane’s side
Coach Dylan Kerr is under pressure to guide his side to a win which would take 15th-placed Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele out of the relegation zone with two matches left.
|Game||Mamelodi Sundowns vs Baroka FC|
|Date||Sunday, August 30|
|Time||18:00 SA Time|
TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch
The game will be shown live on SuperSport 4.
|Online Streaming||TV Channel|
|DStv.com/DStv Now App||SS4|
Squads & Team News
Sundowns are expected to be without Thapelo Morena, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury, while Denis Onyango is doubtful as he has been nursing a quad injury.
Mosimane is expected to keep faith in Kennedy Mweene with the Zambian goalkeeper having excelled in the absence of Onyango by keeping two successive clean sheets.
All eyes will be on Themba Zwane and Gaston Sirino, who have been in good form for the Tshwane giants lately and they will be keen to inspire their team to a win over Baroka
Meanwhile, Baroka will be missing the services of their captain and first-choice goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze, who will be serving a one-match suspension.
His void is most likely to be filled by Ayanda Dlamini, with the 28-year-old shot-stopper having played two league games this season with Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele recording a win and a defeat.
Kerr is most likely to give the goalscoring responsibility to Evidence Makgopa after the 20-year-old striker netted three goals in five league matches and he could be key to a much-needed win over Sundowns.
In head-to-head stats since the 2016/17 season, the two teams have met in seven league matches.
Sundowns have dominated this fixture, recording four victories, while three ended in draws.
However, Baroka can take heart from their first-round encounter against Sundowns which ended in a 0-0 draw in Polokwane in November 2019.
The last time the Brazilians hosted Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele in a league match was in December 2018 and the encounter ended in a 0-0 draw.