Our writer previews the round 18 of the South African National First Division.
There is no time for breaks as we get straight back into the thick of things on Saturday afternoon. Round 18 of the NFD looks extremely promising on the betting front and will provide a perfect opportunity to make some cash.
Yours truly found some great picks on last time out, with six of the eight clashes coming in. I’m on a hot streak and I’m feeling confident in the week’s full set of fixtures. Anyway, let me quit bragging and deliver the goods.
Saturday 18 February
Witbank Spurs 9/10 | Draw 9/4 | Cape Town All Stars 28/10
Witbank Spurs will be looking to build on their hard-earned 1-1 home draw with Thanda Royal Zulu on Wednesday. Siyavutha are unbeaten in their last six home games with three victories and three draws. Can they extend that record against Cape Town All Stars?
The away team have been impressive of late with back-to-back 1-0 wins over Santos last weekend and Royal Eagles on Wednesday. The victory over Santos was their first away win of the season but against the league’s basement boys. Back Witbank Spurs to utilize home advantage.
Stellenbosch FC 13/10 | Draw 2/1 | FC Cape Town 21/10
Stellenbosch FC stretched their run without a victory to eight matches last time out – a run that includes six draws and two defeats – with a disappointing 1-1 home draw against newly-promoted Magesi FC.
FC Cape Town will look to capitalize on a struggling Stellenbosch side. They are unbeaten in their last four games with two victories are undefeated in the last six meetings with Stellenbosch, claiming four wins. Get on the away win.
Royal Eagles 1/1 | Draw 22/10 | Mthatha Bucks 26/10
Royal Eagles were disappointing midweek, falling to a 1-0 defeat at Cape Town All Stars. However, they will gladly return to the Harry Gwala Stadium, where they remain unbeaten this season, winning six times in eight matches, scoring 24 goals and conceding just nine.
Mthatha Bucks are unbeaten in their last 11 matches, which include three wins and eight draws. It’s easier said than done to do the same at Royal Eagles but it’s a task they will certainly be up to. Nonetheless, I feel Royal Eagles will prove too strong at home and should do enough to claim the win.
Mbombela United 15/10 | Draw 21/10 | Black Leopards 17/10
Mbombela United will go toe-to-toe against an in-form Black Leopards side who are gunning for promotion. The Latter have, however, been superb on their ground as they remain unbeaten with six wins from eight matches, including five on the spin.
Black Leopards extended their winning streak to three matches last time out with a 1-0 home victory over Santos. It will be a tough ask for the team to make it four in a row but they have the momentum to do just that. Very little separates these teams, making the draw a likely result.
Sunday 19 February
Santos 13/10 | Draw 2/1 | Milano United 21/10
Santos are looking unorganised and uninterested at the moment, losing five games on the trot, while they remain winless since the opening game of the season – a run of 16 matches. The Peoples team will be desperate to come off with a positive result here.
Milano United have been just as poor in recent weeks with five consecutive defeats. They are six points off points off their opponents and will see this as the perfect opportunity to move further away. Neither side can afford to suffer another defeat, making this clash all-the-dicier. The draw is on the cards.
Thanda Royal Zulu FC 7/10 | Draw 5/2 | AmaZulu 7/2
It astounds me that we are now 17 games into the season and Thanda Royal Zulu remain unbeaten. Amabhubesi will return to the Umhlathuze Sports Complex, where they have won all eight of their home games, scoring 22 goals and conceding just six times.
KwaZulu Natal rivals AmaZulu were in great form with back-to-back wins before going down 2-1 on their own ground on Wednesday afternoon against Mthatha Bucks. Usuthu have lacked consistency this term and may just fall short here. The home win should be backed.
Magesi FC 17/10 | Draw 2/1 | University of Pretoria 16/10
Magesi FC have been dreadful with a measly two wins from 17 matches and they are winless in their last five games. University of Pretoria on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last five matches and will be determined to build on that.
AmaTuks edged the reverse tie 1-0 and will look to do the double over their relegation-threatened opponents. The away win is tipped.
Real Kings FC 28/10 | Draw 9/4 | Jomo Cosmos 9/10
New boys on the block, Real Kings FC, have been terrible in recent weeks with three straight defeats, including a 1-0 loss at Mbombela United on Wednesday. Nonetheless, they have been decent on their ground with four wins from eight games and should give Jomo Cosmos a run for their money.
Jomo Cosmos have been horrendous on their travels with four losses from five matches, including a draw last time out at Mthatha Bucks. The reverse tie ended goalless but I’m backing Kings to win it by the odd goal this time around.
TREBLE @ 24/1
FC Cape Town Win (21/10)
Mbombela United v Black Leopards Draw (21/10)
University of Pretoria Win (16/10)
Written by Aaron Crowie @Hollywoodbets