Desperate Usuthu host title-chasing ‘Downs

AmaZulu will be desperate for an Absa Premiership victory when they host Mamelodi Sundowns at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday, 24 February 2015, kick-off at 19h30.

AmaZulu suffered a third successive league defeat when they were beaten 3-0 away to Bloemfontein Celtic earlier this month.

The Durban side has claimed four points from eight home matches this season.

Their next three league opponents are SuperSport United, Black Aces (both away) and Bidvest Wits (home).

Usuthu are placed 16th on the Absa Premiership log with nine points from 18 matches.

Sundowns racked up a third successive league win an extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches with a 4-1 win over Moroka Swallows earlier this month.

The Tshwane side has claimed 16 points from nine away matches this season.

Their next three league opponents are Bidvest Wits, Free State Stars (both away) and Polokwane City (home).

The Brazilians are placed third on the Absa Premiership log with 34 points from 18 matches.

In head-to-head stats, AmaZulu and Sundowns have met in 52 league matches since 1985.

The Brazilians have claimed 34 wins compared to six for Usuthu, while 12 matches have been drawn.

AmaZulu have won just two of their 26 home matches against Sundowns, suffering 18 defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, the Brazilians claimed a 2-0 home win thanks to a brace from Malajila.

AmaZulu’s line-up from their 3-0 loss to Celtic: Murambadoro, Mwedihanga (Langwe 46’), Nyadombo, Mabizela, Johannes, Van Heerden (Hlanti 71’), Arwuah, G. Dlamini, A. Dlamini (Pietersen 46’), Ntuli, Mwape.

Sundowns’ line-up from their 4-1 win over Swallows: Onyango, Mashaba, S. Zwane, Mphahlele, Schut, Zungu, Laffor (Kekana 66’), Malajila (T. Zwane 75’), Mahachi, Modise (Mashego 84’), Billiat.

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