Sundowns returned to the summit of the table after their impressive win against Kaizer Chiefs. Orlando Pirates registered their first win of the season beating Swallows FC in the original Soweto Derby. Teams like Baroka and TS Galaxy are among the favourites to go down.
Saturday 18 September
Chippa United 7/2 | Draw 22/10 | Orlando Pirates 17/20 (15:00)
Gavin Hunt suffered his first defeat as Chippa United’s coach when losing 1-0 to Royal AM last Sunday. After three matches, Hunt and his boys have recorded four points with a win, draw and loss to their name. The Buccaneers started very slowly drawing their first two matches against Stellenbosch and Marumo Gallants. Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids finally got their partnership off the mark when beating Swallows. The biggest improvement was the fact that they kept two consecutive clean sheets which is a big plus for a team that had defensive problems last season. Back Orlando Pirates to make it two wins on the spin.
Kaizer Chiefs 15/20 | Draw 23/10 | Royal AM 15/4 (17:00)
Kaizer Chiefs will look to redeem themselves when they host newcomers Royal AM. Amakhosi suffered their first league defeat of the season when losing 2-0 against Mamelodi Sundowns. Chiefs’ defence was again the biggest talking point. This time, it wasn’t Daniel Cardoso or Eric Mathoho but new signing Austin Dube was the main suspect as he was caught napping on both of Sundowns’ goals. However, the scoreline wasn’t a true reflection of the game. Chiefs were far better than what the result suggests and if they can play like that, they will be a tough nut to crack. Back Amakhosi to return to winning ways on this one.
Cape Town City 13/10 | Draw 2/1 | Stellenbosch 22/10 (17:00)
The Cape Derby is upon us once more as Eric Tinkler’s Cape Town City play host to their neighbours Stellenbosch. City are always a tough team to play against, especially at home. Players like Terrance Mashego have raised their hands and look like the real deal. Stellies have five points from their first three matches, winning one and drawing two – which includes the 2-2 draw against Orlando Pirates. Back Cape Town City to come out victorious here.
Baroka FC 33/20 | Draw 2/1 | Sekhukhune United 33/20 (17:00)
Baroka need to redeem themselves after losing back-to-back fixtures against Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United. To be fair Bakgakga played well in both matches but couldn’t convert their chances. That’s what happens in football, if you don’t score you get punished. There’s been a lot of talk about Sekhukhune United. The GladAfrica Championship champions signed a lot of players which included former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande. Signing a lot of players can often disrupt the team and players can take time to adapt. So far Sekhukhune have relied on individual brilliance from experienced players. After watching Baroka’s matches I think they have enough to win this match.
Sunday 19 September
Mamelodi Sundowns 7/20 | Draw 15/4 | TS Galaxy 13/2 (17:00)
Table-toppers Mamelodi Sundowns will host TS Galaxy this Sunday in a match that we expect the Brazilians to win convincingly. Sundowns are yet to concede in the league this season which speaks volumes about their defensive pairing of Grant Kekana and Rushine De Reuck. Peter Shalulile and Themba Zwane continue where they left off from last season, causing problems and mesmerising defenders. Back Mamelodi Sundowns to win here and include in all bets.
TREBLE @ 44/10
Orlando Pirates Win 17/20
Kaizer Chiefs Win 15/20
Mamelodi Sundowns Win 7/20