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Sundowns set to get back on track

Fri 30 Apr by Mark Gleeson

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TAB soccer customers can enjoy an eight-carryover feast this weekend, when PSL champions and current log-leaders Mamelodi Sundowns will be out to stop the alarm bells that are ringing after their failure to win in their last four games.

The package of carryovers include a R200,000 boost to tomorrow’s first Soccer 10 pool, which should total over R2 million. And Sunday’s main Soccer 10 pool also starts with a carryover and should be nearly as big.

Sundowns have collected just two points from their last three league matches and their once runaway lead has diminished, although they still have games in hand.

Wednesday’s home draw with Lamontville Golden Arrows came coupled with an unexpected runaway win for second-placed AmaZulu, who dished out a 5-1 thrashing to Cape Town City.

It means AmaZulu are now just one point behind Sundowns, but they have five games left to play whereas Sundowns have seven.

Effectively it means that Sundowns are no longer sauntering to the title, but they still have it all in their own hands. It will be something of a minor miracle if AmaZulu overtake Sundowns and capture the title, but the potential of an exciting finish is there.

Much depends on what happens tomorrow and on Sunday. AmaZulu have a date of reckoning with third-placed Arrows, who are set for their best-ever finish.

The derby will be played at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium tomorrow followed by Sundowns against Orlando Pirates on Sunday.

Sundowns thrashed the Buccaneers a few weeks ago in the Nedbank Cup quarter-final, but this clash is at the Orlando Stadium and much has changed since.

But while there is potential for a win by Pirates, the smart money must still be on a very capable Sundowns.

Pirates are in fourth place in the table, nine points behind Sundowns and also with seven games left to play.