Polokwane City vs Mamelodi Sundowns lineups, 3 predictions – PSL

Polokwane City vs Mamelodi Sundowns lineups, 3 predictions – PSL
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Peter Mokaba Stadium will be on fire as fans troop in to watch Polokwane City vs Mamelodi Sundowns Premier Soccer League anticipated midweek clash. Kick-off is scheduled for 17:00 South African Standard Time on Wednesday, 30 August 2023.

Buoyed by their historic league win of five straight games last Wednesday in their match against Richards Bay, Masandawana is now looking to equal yet another record; this time, Kaizer Chiefs‘ record of eight straight wins set at the start of the 2014/15 PSL season.

A win over Polokwane will put Sundowns two games away from achieving a rare feat in the league, and they have their eyes set for it.

On the other hand, Polokwane City will be confident in their home form this season, Duncan Lechesa side have won their past two games at home this campaign. It will be interesting to see how both teams play in this much anticipated clash.

Polokwane City vs Mamelodi Sundowns probable lineups

We have here our predicted lineups of how we think these teams will start this Premier Soccer League encounter.

Polokwane City

Goalkeeper: Lindokuhle Mathebula
Defenders: Tlou Nkwe, Lebohang Petrus Nkaki, Bulelani Nikani, Tholo Thabang Matuludi
Midfielders: Mokibelo Simon Ramabu, Oswin Reagan Appollis, Ndamulelo Maphangule, Lindokuhle Dhladhla
Forwards: Given Mashikinya, Douglas Mapfumo

Douglas Mapfumo of Polokwane celebrates scoring
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Motivated by his team's recent performances at home in the league, Duncan Lechesa could retain his favourite 4-4-1-1 formation that has yielded good results, with Given Mashikinya playing just behind Douglas Mapfumo in the host frontline. Their mission is to remain in the league next season.

Mamelodi Sundowns

Goalkeeper: Ronwen Williams
Defenders: Abdelmounaim Boutouil, Mothobi Mvala, Rivaldo Coetzee, Grant Kekana
Midfielders: Aubrey Maphosa Modiba, Teboho Mokoena, Marcelo Allende.
Forwards: Junior Mendieta, Lucas Ribeiro, Lesiba Nku.

On the other hand, Masandawana are expected to line up in their favoured 4-3-3 formation with Mendieta expected to join Ribeiro and Nku in attack. Rulani Mokwena will be pleased to have a healthy squad to choose from; as Mamelodi Sundowns have no new injured or suspended players ahead of this game.

Mamelodi Sundowns team photo
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Polokwane City vs Mamelodi Sundowns confirmed lineups

Polokwane City

Polokwane City
11
Oswin Appollis
za
33
Langelihle Ndlovu
za
19
Douglas Mapfumo
zw
40
Lindokuhle Mathebula
za
17
Given Mashikinya
za
34
Lebohang Petrus Nkaki
za
4
Bulelani Nikani
za
2
Tholo Thabang Matuludi
za
6
Luciano Van Heerden
za
13
Samuel Bafana Nana
za
14
Ndamulelo Maphangule
za
Substitutes
50
Amos Mokwena
za
5
Francis Baloyi
za
15
Nyakala Raphadu
za
16
Stevens Goovadia
za
31
Ntlweleng Obed Thuto
za
7
Mokibelo Simon Ramabu
za
9
Hlayisi Chauke
za
3
Tlou Nkwe
za
35
Lucky Baloyi
za

Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns
4
Teboho Mokoena
za
34
Mothobi Mvala
za
15
Junior Leandro Mendieta
ar
11
Marcelo Allende
cl
17
Aubrey Modiba
za
40
Rivaldo Coetzee
za
18
Themba Zwane
za
30
Ronwen Williams
za
23
Lucas Ribeiro
br
35
Neo Maema
za
20
Grant Kekana
za
Substitutes
39
Lebohang Kgosana Maboe
za
7
Lesiba William Nku
za
14
Terrence Mashego
za
19
Bathusi Aubaas
za
31
Nkosi Ngubane
za
24
Sammy Seabi
za
22
Siyabonga Mabena
za
5
Mosa Lebusa
za
1
Denis Masinde Onyango
ug

*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released

Polokwane City vs Mamelodi Sundowns predictions

It's worth knowing that these teams have a mission to achieve and a bragging right to uphold. By this, we should expect an end-to-end affair in this heavyweight clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Prediction 1: Mamelodi Sundowns to Reign Supreme

We picked away to win because Masandawana have won five of the last six encounters at the home turf of Polokwane City ahead of this clash; with their only loss coming in 2018. It will interest you to know that Mokwena's team have won their last six matches across all competitions as well; they are having their best start to a season in the club's history. Meanwhile Polokwane have alternated between wins and losses, and their inconsistency will come into play when they take on the league's big boys at home.

Junior Mendieta of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates scoring
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Prediction 2: Mamelodi Sundowns to Score First

The league leaders have been in blistering form in front of the opposition goal post; they've opened the scoring in all of their six games across all competitions this season. The exciting thing about Sundowns is that they have players scoring in every position, giving the opposition a headache about who to keep an eye on. We are fairly convinced Mamelodi Sundowns will draw the first blood in this skirmish.

Prediction 3: Minimum of Three Goals

It is worth knowing that 7 of the 14 encounters between these teams have yielded at least three goals, Polokwane's last two league games saw a total of nine goals scored; while Sundowns' last six games witnessed at least three goals in three. Furthermore, the last two meetings between both teams also amounted to a minimum of three goals scored; all of these points towards a high-scoring affair.

Polokwane City vs Mamelodi Sundowns Head to Head

The Polokwane City vs Mamelodi Sundowns fixture has happened on many occasions across all competitions in the past. Since 2014, these teams have met 14 times; 9 wins went the way of Rulani Mokwena's Sundowns side, while Polokwane City have 2 wins, with 3 games ending in draws.

We have here the last five results between these teams:

South Africa Cup 10/03/21

Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns

4
Polokwane City

Polokwane City

0

South Africa Premier 02/09/20

Polokwane City

Polokwane City

0
Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns

3

South Africa Premier 21/12/19

Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns

1
Polokwane City

Polokwane City

0

South Africa Premier 19/02/19

Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns

1
Polokwane City

Polokwane City

1

South Africa Premier 07/08/18

Polokwane City

Polokwane City

0
Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns

2

Where to watch Polokwane City vs Mamelodi Sundowns live in South Africa

Polokwane City vs Mamelodi Sundowns clash will be broadcast live in South Africa on DSTV Now, GOTV, and Supersport PSL channel 202 for fans viewing pleasure across the country.

Fans who're caught up with activities outside of their homes can as well catch up with the actions on both teams official TV platforms and YouTube channels.

This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago

Joseph is a freelance writer who spends most of his time writing engaging football contents. Based in Nigeria, Joseph is a die-hard Real Madrid fan with over 8 years experience in the sports betting space. He has covered football match previews, predictions, and news across leagues in Africa and Europe.