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Chippa’s unbeaten run to be tested by ‘Downs – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Chippa’s unbeaten run to be tested by ‘Downs

Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Andile Mbenyane of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Chippa United at Loftus Stadium, South Africa on 28 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 19:30


Chippa United’s unbeaten run in the Absa Premiership will be put to the test by Mamelodi Sundowns at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 25 November 2017, kick-off at 15h30.

Chippa have gone eight league matches without defeat following a 1-1 draw away to Free State Stars on November 22. The Eastern Cape side had to fight back from a goal down to claim a share of the spoils in Bethlehem.

The Chilli Boys have performed respectably at home so far this season, with two wins, two draws and just one defeat from five turns as hosts. Their last home match was a 2-1 win over Cape Town City just over a month ago.

Sundowns claimed a second successive league win when they defeated Bidvest Wits 2-0 in Johannesburg, courtesy of two second-half strikes from Khama Billiat. Coach Pitso Mosimane will hope this sparks a run of form which brings his side back to the top of the league standings.

And the good news for the Brazilians, ahead of this trip to the Eastern Cape, is that they boast a 100 percent away record this season: five games on the road, five victories. In fact, all of their 15 log points have been claimed from away matches.

In head-to-head stats, Chippa and Sundowns have met in eight league matches since 2012/13. The Brazilians boast an unbeaten record in the sequence, with four wins and four draws recorded. The Chilli Boys have managed three draws and one loss from their four home league matches against ‘Downs.

Last season the teams cancelled each other out in their two league meetings, drawing 1-1 in the Eastern Cape in the first half of the campaign, followed by a goalless stalemate in the return in Tshwane.

Chippa’s line-up from their 1-1 draw with Stars on November 22: Akpeyi, Macheke, Okwuosa, Bergman, Maphanga, Mvelase, Mabaso (Zuke 61’), Mdlinzo, Mako, Lentjies (Sekola 65’), Julies (Masuku 81’).

Sundowns’ line-up from their 2-0 win over Wits on November 21: Onyango, Morena (Billiat 56′), Langerman, Soumahoro, Ngcongca (Laffor 85′), Madisha, Kekana, Mabunda, Manyisa, Tau, Vilakazi (Zwane 81′).

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Chippa, ‘Downs battle for TKO quarterfinal berth

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Chippa, ‘Downs battle for TKO quarterfinal berth

Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on 17 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 12:45


Chippa United and Mamelodi Sundowns will battle for a place in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout when they meet on 29 October 2017 at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium, kick-off at 15h30.

This will be the fourth cup meeting between Chippa and Sundowns and the second in the Telkom KO. Their very first cup meeting was in the last 16 round of this competition back in 2015/16, with the Tshwane side claiming a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Keagan Dolly and Hlompho Kekana.

They also met in the semifinals of last season’s MTN8, with the Brazilians claiming a narrow 1-0 aggregate victory over two legs thanks to a goal from Anthony Laffor.

Across all competitions, the Chilli Boys and ‘Downs have met in 11 matches since 2012/13 and it’s not good reading for the Eastern Cape side: they have yet to claim a single win in the rivalry, with the Brazilians recording six victories and five draws.

The teams last met in a league clash back in March 2017, with Chippa holding Sundowns to a goalless draw at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium. In fact, the teams drew three out of their four meetings last term, suggesting that this clash could be evenly contested.

Sundowns are three-time champions in the League Cup, with their most recent triumph arriving in 2015. Last year the Brazilians were beaten on penalties in the TKO quarterfinals by Tshwane derby rivals SuperSport United, who went on to be runners-up.

As for Chippa, they have participated in the TKO four times before but have never managed to progress past the last 16 stage. Last season they suffered a 2-0 loss away to newcomers Highlands Park in the first round.

In terms of current form, Chippa followed a goalless draw against Maritzburg United with a 2-1 win over Cape Town City in their league matches this month, while Sundowns have suffered back-to-back losses at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu.

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Stars welcome wounded ‘Downs – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Stars welcome wounded ‘Downs

Sifiso Mbhele of Free State Stars FC goes high for the ball during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between AmaZulu and Free State Stars at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban on 19 August 2017 © Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 22:02


Free State Stars will welcome a wounded Mamelodi Sundowns for an Absa Premiership clash at Goble Park on 11 September 2017, kick-off at 18h00.

Stars come into the match looking for their first win of the new campaign, having suffered an opening-round defeat away to AmaZulu before claiming a creditable 2-2 home draw with champions Bidvest Wits. The Free State side twice fought back from being a goal down to salvage a share of the spoils.

Ea Lla Koto promptly dismissed coach Sammy Troughton (making him the winner of the ‘sack race’ for 2017/18) and will have welcomed the international break as a chance to bed in new boss Luc Eymael ahead of this clash against Sundowns, as they go in search of three valuable points.

Sundowns have had a mixed start to the 2017/18 league season, opening their campaign with an impressive victory over Tshwane rivals SuperSport United, only to suffer a shock 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Polokwane City three days later.

Coach Pitso Mosimane took the defeat on the chin and will need to see an improved performance from the Brazilians, who missed a catalogue of early chances against City and were punished in the end. Some better finishing in attack would solve most of their early-season worries.

In head-to-head stats, Stars and Sundowns have met in 55 league matches since 1986. The Tshwane side has claimed 28 wins compared to 10 for their Free State rivals, while 17 matches have ended in draws. Ea Lla Koto don’t have a great home record against the Brazilians, with seven wins and 11 losses from 27 turns as hosts.

Last season ‘Downs took all six points on offer from their two matches with Stars: a 4-1 home win in Tshwane (featuring a brace from Percy Tau) in the first half of the campaign was followed by a 1-0 victory in the return game in the Free State. The Brazilians have won 11 of the last 12 league matches between these teams.

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