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BETTING PREVIEW: ROYAL AM vs MAMELODI SUNDOWNS

Royal AM will be relishing the challenge of facing Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup semi-final first leg at the Chatsworth Stadium on Saturday evening.

Royal AM will be hoping to bounce back and return to winning ways after they were held to a goalless draw by AmaZulu at the Chatsworth Stadium in their last league encounter this past Sunday.

Thwihli Thwahla progressed to the last four of the Nedbank Cup after they edged out the University of Pretoria 3-2 in a thrilling battle at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium as a brace by Victor Letsoalo and a goal by Mfundo Thikazi cancelled out Wonderboy Makhubu’s brace for AmaTuks.

Mamelodi Sundowns come into this encounter after winning their fifth consecutive DStv Premiership title despite playing out to a goalless draw against Cape Town City at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Wednesday evening.

SUNDOWNS DO IT AGAIN

The Brazilians made their way to this stage of the competition after they demolished Summerfield Dynamos 5-0 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in the quarter-finals through a brace by Kermit Erasmus and goals from Gaston Sirino, Lesedi Kapinga and Pavol Safranko.

Royal AM coach John Maduka says: “We’re looking forward to it. It’s a good one. We know it’s not going to be easy. I think it doesn’t matter who we play against in the semifinals, anything can happen.

“And it’s our home game. We will prepare well; we are going to compete and try to take us into the final. I am sure it is going to be a very interesting match, we just hope on that particular day the [weather] conditions and the condition of the field is good.”

Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena adds: “Consistency, we’ve spoken a lot about trying to improve what we have done last season, which we have done very well. We’ve had a better season than what we’ve had last season.

“We would have liked to do better in the [CAF] Champions League but to amass the number of points we have with four games to go, the MTN8 trophy which is something that eluded us and we have to go again for the Nedbank Cup and try to focus on that.

“But the players have been incredible, the club has been extremely supportive and we can only build on from here.”

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Coming into the semi-final, Sundown have the upper hand over Royal AM, having won four out of the last five meetings between the two teams, while the only other match ended in a goalless draw.

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Both coaches have no injuries or suspensions on the cards and will have all their players available for the mouth-watering semi-final fixture at the Chatsworth Stadium over the weekend.

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Royal AM will rely heavily on striker Victor Letsoalo to produce the goods against the Tshwane giants after he netted a brace against AmaTuks to guide his side into the last four of the competition.

Sundowns will be hoping Kermit Erasmus can emulate his previous performance against Summerfield Dynamos FC after he netted a brace in their 5-0 thrashing of the ABC Motespe League outfit.

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