2018/19 ABSA Premiership
Supersport United vs Bidvest Wits
Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville
Saturday, April 27th
Kick-off at 18:00 (6pm)
Orlando Pirates 1-0 win over bottom-club Maritzburg United on Wednesday all but ensured that this season’s title race will be between just three teams. The Buccaneers will be battled all the way to finish line by Mamelodi Sundowns who are just three points adrift of the Sea Robbers with a game in hand while Bidvest Wits are hanging on by a thread three points further back – the only other sides left in South Africa’s top-flight that could mathematically dethrone Pirates at the summit.
For all their efforts and their hard-fought 3-1 win against relegation-threatened Black Leopards – a match that was played simultaneously to the Pirates vs Maritzburg clash – Bidvest Wits have been rewarded with a forthcoming encounter against Supersport United that represents far more for the Clever Boys than just the mere formality it poses to their weekend opponents.
Matsatsantsa are officially out of the running following their 2-0 midweek defeat at Amazulu – a result which ended a run of five matches unbeaten for the Pretoria-based outfit.
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Supersport United had their hopes dashed on Wednesday by Usuthu just a week after their mammoth derby day victory over rivals Mamelodi Sundowns all but put the Swanky Boys right back into the reckoning for the title. Kaitano Tembo’s side sit 4th
on 43 points and can only reach a maximum of 52 with three games remaining – one shy of Pirates current tally of 53.
Supersport United recent results:
24/04 – Amazulu 2-0 Supersport
17/04 – Sundowns 0-2 Supersport
13/04 – Supersport 0-0 Polokwane
Gavin and his boys will be on the ‘Hunt’ for all three points once more on Saturday for what would be their third consecutive victory in the division and their fourth from their last five matches. A 1-0 defeat against table-toppers Pirates is the only real blip other in recent weeks for arguably the league’s most in-form side in this crucial business end of the season.
Widvest Wits recent results:
24/04 – Wits 3-1 Leopards
12/04 – Chippa 0-1 Wits
06/04 – Wits 0-1 Pirates
Saturday will see two of the leagues leading scorers come face-to-face. Gift Motupa has scored 9 goals for Bidvest Wits so far while opposite number Mxolisi Machupu has bagged 7 of his own for Supersport United.
Deon Hotto Kavendji is the man in form for the visitors this weekend – the Namibian international midfielder has found the back of the net three times in his last four appearances in all competitions.
Evans Rusike scored the only goal of the game when these two sides met in the reverse fixture earlier in the season as the Trend Setters came away from the Bidvest Stadium with all three points.
The corresponding fixture last season saw for the Students secure the spoils courtesy of four second-half strikes after trailing at half-time following Dean Furman’s earlier penalty for the hosts.
Supersport United have won just one of their last six matches at home in the league against Bidvest Wits.
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Supersport United vs Bidvest Wits recent head-to-head:
18/08/2018 – Wits 0-1 Supersport
27/01/2018 – Supersport 1-4 Wits
10/01/2018 – Wits 2-0 Supersport
25/04/2017 – Wits 0-1 Supersport
29/11/2016 – Supersport 2-0 Wits
22/09/2015 – Wits 1-0 Supersport
17/12/2014 – Wits 1-0 Supersport
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