Fri 20 Nov by Mark Gleeson
SOCCER 6 POOL OF THE WEEKEND
Sunday 22 November S6 V3 P1
M1 Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu: Champions Sundowns have already made a promising start to the defence of their title and taken the early season lead in the DStv Premiership. AmaZulu have lost their last three games against Sundowns with a 0-9 aggregate.
M2 Cape Town City v Bloemfontein Celtic: City have only one point from two home games this season. Celtic have not won in their past five meetings against the Cape outfit.
M3 Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila v Baroka FC: Limpopo derby with TTM looking for their first win in the top flight, while Baroka share top place in the DStv Premier League table with Sundowns and Swallows on seven out of a possible nine points.
M4 Sheffield United v West Ham United: Sheffield are still in search of their first victory of the season, having collected one point from their opening eight Premier League games. West Ham have lost only one of their previous five outings.
M5 Leeds United v Arsenal: Leeds have lost more games than they have won so far this season and conceded eight goals in their last two matches. After beating Manchester United away, Arsenal then lost their next Premier League match at home to Villa.
M6 Liverpool v Leicester City: Top-of-the-table clash as leaders Leicester attempt to protect a one-point lead over Liverpool. Leicester have won six on the trot, while Liverpool had won five in a row before their 1-1 draw with Manchester City on 8 November.
SOCCER 10 POOL OF THE WEEKEND
Saturday 21 November S10 V3
M1 Lamontville Golden Arrows v Kaizer Chiefs: Arrows have won only five times in 32 past meetings with Chiefs and only twice in 15 home games. Arrows are unbeaten after three games this season.
M2 Black Leopards v Maritzburg United: Both clubs have had a horror start to the new campaign. Leopards have lost three, while Maritzburg have lost four because they also competed in the MTN8 quarter-final right at the start of the season.
M3 Stellenbosch FC v Chippa United: Stellenbosch are yet to win this season with two draws and a defeat. Chippa return to the Western Cape where they held Cape Town City to a 1-1 draw in their opening game of the new DStv Premier League season.
M4 Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion: Villa will be hoping to replicate their convincing 3-0 away win over Arsenal in their last outing. Brighton are on a run of seven matches without defeat.
M5 Villarreal v Real Madrid: Villarreal have lost just once in their opening nine games of the new LaLiga season and sit in second place. Real are only two points adrift and have played one game less.
M6 Orlando Pirates v SuperSport United: Pirates have won their last three games without conceding a goal. In their last six meetings, both clubs have registered two victories and there have been two draws.
M7 Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City: Spurs are on a three-match winning streak in the Premier League that has taken them up to second place. They have also won their past two home games against Pep Guardiola’s outfit.
M8 Swallows v TS Galaxy: Two newcomers to the top flight go head to head. Both have made an unbeaten start with Swallows on seven points and Galaxy on five from their opening three games of the new season.
M9 Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion: United lost the last time they hosted West Brom two years ago at Old Trafford and it was five years ago that they last beat them at home.
M10 Atletico Madrid v Barcelona: Atletico’s 3-2 victory over Barca in the Super Cup in Saudi Arabia in January was their only success in the last 11 meetings between these two Spanish giants.