Masandawana is hoping to break through at the top of the standings, while the pick team are keen to move further away from the relegation zone.
Mamelodi Sundowns will look to keep his PSL title defense on track when they see the horns with Maritzburg United at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Wednesday.
Masandawana ended their three-game winless streak in the league when they beat the Orlando Pirates 3-0 away on Sunday and the win put them back atop the PSL table.
The reigning champions will now face an improving Maritzburg side looking to move away from the relegation zone after drawing 1-1 with Swallows FC at home last week on Friday.
The team of choice are unbeaten in their last three games and currently sit 12th in the league standings – one point above the relegation zone.
|Thu||Mamelodi Sundowns v Maritzburg United|
|Dated||Wednesday May 5|
TV channel, live score and how to watch
|Online streaming||TV channel|
|DStv.com/DStv Now app||SuperSport TV PSL 202 channel|
Squads and team news
Sundowns, under coaches Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena, could do without striker Kermit Erasmus and leftist Aubrey Modiba.
The duo were injured in Masandawana’s win over Pirates, but the Tshwane giants have enough depth to face Bafana Bafana’s two internationals.
Mngqithi and Mokwena could bring Gift Motupa and Lyle Lakay, the pair with an assist and a goal respectively, after being substitutes against Pirates.
A win over Maritzburg will see Sundowns open up a four point lead at the top of the table and they also have a game in hand.
Meanwhile, Maritzburg did not report any further suspensions or injuries ahead of their meeting with Sundowns in the country’s administrative capital, Pretoria.
Team-choice head coach Ernst Middendorp will look to midfielder maestro Travis Graham, who stepped up his performance after the club parted ways with Keagan Buchanan in January 2021.
In-form striker Thabiso Kutumela has scored nine goals in his last 10 competitive games and the Bafana international will pose a threat to the Sundowns defense.
Maritzburg will climb to 11th place in the table – four points behind TS Galaxy in eighth – if they secure a victory over Masandawana.
In head-to-head statistics since the 2005/06 season, Sundowns and Maritzburg have faced each other in 29 league games.
Masandawana recorded 18 wins against three for the team of choice, while eight games were drawn.
Looking at Sundowns’ home record against Maritzburg, the Tshwane giants have recorded 10 wins, three draws and one loss in 14 appearances as hosts.
Sundowns’ first encounter with Maritzburg ended in a 1-1 draw at Harry Gwala Stadium in December 2020.
A goal by Maritzburg defender Kwanda Mngonyama in the second half negated Sundowns forward Themba Zwane’s opening goal.