Our football analyst previews the NFD Week 27 action which kicks off on Saturday 13 April 2019.
The NFD run in has sprung some surprises on us with table-topping Stellenbosch winning only one of their last five games. Bottom-placed Witbank Spurs, who have parted ways with Shakes Mashaba, are on a four-match losing streak. We have some interesting fixtures this weekend, which in my opinion, are easy to call. Let’s predict how they’re going to pan out.
Real Kings 12/10
Jomo Cosmos 23/10
Real Kings have climbed out of the relegation zone after remaining unbeaten in their last three games. The Magic Boys have registered two wins and one draw which has lifted them up to 14th on the table. On the other hand, Jomo Cosmos, who are just one spot above them, have won only one of their last five games. I’ll back the home side due to current form.
Iqraam Rayners took his goal tally for the season to 17 as he netted in the 1-1 draw against Jomo Cosmos. The Stellies have won only one of their last five games and victory would take them a step closer to winning the league and gaining automatic promotion to the PSL. Uthongathi are on a three-match winless run and failure to amass maximum points would see them kissing their hopes of challenging for a top three finish goodbye. Stellenbosch should return to winning ways at home.
TS Sporting 11/10
University of Pretoria 24/10
It’s ninth hosting 11th and the difference between these two teams is four points. The hosts’ recent record is better as they have managed two victories in the last five games while the visitors have won once and lost three times in the same period. Back TS Sporting to collect maximum points at home.
Ubuntu Cape Town 19/10
Richards Bay 14/10
Ubuntu Cape Town’s four-match winless run has seen them drop into the relegation zone as they currently lie 15th on the table. They face a Richards Bay side which has an outside chance of finishing in the top three. The momentum is with the visitors and I expect them to bring their A-game to the encounter. I’m predicting a win for the Natal Rich Boyz.
Witbank Spurs 26/10
Mbombela United 1/1
Following their decision to part ways with Shakes Mashaba, Witbank Spurs were thrashed 5-0 by Ajax Cape Town with chairman Themba Mafu coaching the team. Siyavutha have signed Siphepelo Sithebe who is a younger brother to Siyethemba Sithebe of AmaZulu. Oleleng Shaku will not be available for selection after getting a red card last week. Mbombela head into this Mpumalanga derby off the back of a three-match winless run which has seen them drop out of the top three. This is their opportunity to turn the corner against the strugglers and challenge the like of Ajax and Royal Eagles.
Sunday 14 April
Ajax Cape Town 13/20
Cape Umoya United 9/2
Ajax Cape Town who now lie second on the table ran riot last week against bottom-placed Witbank Spurs whom they walloped 5-0. The Urban Warriors are now on a five-match unbeaten run and they seem to have peaked at the right time. Cape Umoya United lost 2-1 to TS Sporting in a tightly-contested encounter and they will be looking to get one over their neighbours who were once coached by their chairman Roger De Sa and coach Dominic Isaacs used to be their defender. Ajax seem unstoppable and I’m tipping them to triumph.
I would be shocked if Maccabi win this one as they lie 12th with only one win in their last five games. By contrast, fifth-placed Tshakuma are on a three-match winning streak and they still have a chance to break into the top three. I foresee the visitors collecting maximum points.
TS Galaxy 15/10
Royal Eagles 18/10
This is a clash of two teams that are high on confidence! TS Galaxy are through to the Nedbank Cup semi-finals where they face Golden Arrows, while Royal Eagles are third on the log and they will be looking to hold on to that PSL paly-off promotion spot. I can’t separate these teams hence I’m tipping a draw.
TREBLE @ 9/1
Richards Bay Win 14/10
Tshakhuma Win 15/10
Ajax Cape Town Win 13/20
Written by Benedict Ngwenya