Sun­downs will walk away with a vic­tory

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Matthew Booth – For­mer Mamelodi Sun­downs de­fender & cur­rent Su­perS­port TV pun­dit

“Look­ing at Mamelodi Sun­downs, they have def­i­nitely h hadhd a set­back of late. I feel that the com­bi­na­tions up front are giv­ing them a bit of a headache and they are not look­ing as fluid as they were pre­vi­ously. I think this is nor­mal for a team that has been go­ing through a rough patch and it seems like they are still suf­fer­ing from los­ing such top at­tack­ing play­ers. But you must re­mem­ber that they are still such a qual­ity team and I don’t re­ally think iti i will take them much longer be­fore they get back into the rhythm they were in pre­vio ously. When you are up against Sun­downs and they have been on a bad patch, you are al­ways a lit­tle bit wary be­cause you nn­ever know when they will start t t tt tto find their foot­ing once again. A wounded Sun­downs team can be scary to face. From an Or­lando Pi­rates point of view, I must say that they have been im­pres­sive over the past cou­ple of weeks. Over the week­end, they faced a tough AmaZulu side in the Telkom Knock­out and they came out vic­to­ri­ous. They are look­ing a lot more fluid up front than Sun­downs and that means Sun­downs need to be very solid at the back. Their back four and de­fen­sive mid­field­ers will have to be on their toes on the day. If not, I fore­see Pi­rates’ at­tack hav­ing a field day. They have a pos­si­bil­ity of caus­ing a lot of dam­age up front and Sun­downs need to be aware of that. When you play for a team like Sun­downs, you can’t re­ally af­ford to make mis­takes and, as a player, when you are given a chance to play, you have to grab that op­por­tu­nity with both hands. The play­ers that will be given a chance to play for Sun­downs - and even for Pi­rates - need to be at their best. We saw Reyaad Pi­eterse in goal against Baroka FC and, un­for­tu­nately, he made a blun­der on the day and I’m sure that is some­thing he def­i­nitely did not want to do prior to such a big match like the one com-

g up. But it is all up to the coach het­her he wants to change you or ep you in the team to show you that has con­fi­dence in you, but we will nly get to see that once the line-ups e re­vealed. You know, I wouldn’t en like to give a pre­dic­tion on this ame (laughs). Gen­er­ally, when a am has been in form and play­ing ry well like Pi­rates have and then ey come up against a team like Sunowns who have been on the back ot… I al­ways feel that the team that as been on the back foot of late wins e game. I would prob­a­bly say that un­downs will walk away with a vicry and I am not be­ing bi­ased here, ut I feel that this is a way for them to rn the cor­ner and what bet­ter way r them to do it than against an in- form Pi­rates team. They will be go­ing all out for this one and to make their sup­port­ers smile once again.”

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