The country’s best team has the opportunity to pour salt into the wounds of a struggling giant when Sundowns host Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.
They say “It never rains but it pours” and oh how Gavin Hunt might agree. His tenure as boss of the Glamour Boys has been anything but glamourous. Instead, he’s been dealt transfer bans, injuries and players out of form.
While some sections of his club’s fans might question the coach’s tactics, the results and the league position they find themselves in are concrete.
Chiefs are 11th. They have won 5 league games from 22. And further, they have lost seven.
The situation is dire. Their lowest ever league finish is ninth.
And now they face a trip to Loftus Versfeld to take on the champions, who are looking for a fourth league win in a row.
At this point, the Chiefs’ faithful must be relying on tired legs as Sundowns almost always complicated fixture list continues to tire them out.
The Brazilians’ match on Sunday will be their 8th match in 23 days. However, their squad is large and their trio of coaches have been able to rotate. The numbers tell a story and while Sundowns boast a six point lead with two games in hand at the top of the table, it is their defence that stands out.
They simply don’t give up easy goals. In the league so far, they have conceded just 11.
In recent times, the champions have dominated this encounter with three wins from the last four meetings.
There’s little evidence to suggest they won’t turn up with goals on their mind. And there’s not a lot to point to an away win (Chiefs are 6.06 to win).
The match kicks off at 3pm