King Zwelithini Stadium will host Richards Bay vs Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday, as both teams battle for supremacy. Can the hosts get their first win of the season today, or will it be business as usual for Masandawana?
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Here's how we think these teams will line up for this Premier Soccer League match:
Richards Bay vs Mamelodi Sundowns probable lineups
Goalkeeper: Jamal Salim.
Defenders: Tshepo Wilson Mabua, Thabani Dube, Simphiwe Fortune Mcineka, Lwandile Sandile Mabuya.
Midfielders: Nkululeko Miya, Boikanyo Komane, Sanele Barns.
Strikers: Langelihle Mhlongo, Somila Ntsundwana, Thobani Mthembu.
Romario Dlamini was injured in Richards Bay's goalless draw at Amazulu last weekend, and will be unavailable for this match. The 28 year old defender will likely be replaced by Lwandile Sandile Mabuya. Kaitano Tembo is expected to adopt a 4-3-3 formation for today's game.
Goalkeeper: Ronwen Williams.
Defenders: Abdelmounaim Boutouil, Mothobi Mvala, Grant Kekana.
Midfielders: Aubrey Maphosa Modiba, Teboho Mokoena, Rivaldo Coetzee, Marcelo Allende.
Strikers: Themba Zwane, Lucas Ribeiro, Lesiba Nku.
On the other hand, Masandawana are expected to line up in a 3-4-3 formation. Rulani Mokwena will be pleased to have a healthy crop of players to choose from; as Mamelodi Sundowns have no new injured or suspended players ahead of this game.
Richards Bay vs Mamelodi Sundowns confirmed lineups
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Richards Bay vs Mamelodi Sundowns predictions
Prediction 1: Mamelodi Sundowns to win
It goes without saying that Mamelodi Sundowns have been the best team in the Premier Soccer League this season; they are currently at the top of the table, with a perfect four wins from four. As a matter of fact, Masandawana are currently on a 16 match unbeaten run that stretches back to April; they've won eight in a row, across all competitions.
In contrast, things have not gone swimmingly for Richards Bay these past few months; as they have no wins in their last 18 matches. Moreover, these teams have met on four occasions, and Mamelodi Sundowns won all four clashes. All things considered, anything other than a victory for Masandawana would be a surprise.
Prediction 2: Mamelodi Sundowns to lead at half-time
We've established that we expect Mamelodi Sundowns to take all three points from this match. Interestingly, we are also confident that they'll have the lead at the midway point of this match. It's important to note that Masandawana opened the scoring in all of their last 10 games; they also led at half-time in six of their last seven matches. Moreover, Richards Bay were trailing at half-time in three of four previous skirmishes between these teams; and on that note, we should expect a similar outcome after 45 minutes.
Prediction 3: One team to blank
It may interest you to know that Richards Bay have struggled in front of goal lately; they failed to score in four of their last five matches, registering just one goal in that stretch. At least one team blanked in nine of Richards Bay's last 12 games. Taking into account that both teams scored in just one of four previous clashes between these teams, coupled with the fact that Mamelodi Sundowns did not concede a single goal in their last three matches, we shouldn't expect goals at both ends.
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📅 Wednesday 23 August 2023
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Richards Bay vs Mamelodi Sundowns head to head
It's important to point out that this will be Richards Bay's third season in the Premier Soccer League, as they were founded in 2017. That said, they've met Mamelodi Sundowns on four occasions, and lost all four meetings.
Where to watch Richards Bay vs Mamelodi Sundowns live
You can tune in to Supersport's PSL channel if you live in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana for the live coverage of this match.
This article was most recently revised and updated 4 weeks ago