2023/24 DStv Premiership
7-8 November 2023
Mamelodi Sundowns will look to keep their 100 record in the DStv Premiership
intact as Cape Town Spurs go in search of their first points of the season.
But first Orlando Pirates will be desperate to get their campaign up and running when they host Sekhukhune United at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday, November 7.
The Buccaneers have won just two of their opening seven matches and find themselves a massive 15 points adrift of the league summit after being held to a 1-1 draw by Polokwane City on October 27.
It was only their sixth point in five outings and Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro conceded their struggles in front of goal is hampering the team's progress this term.
"I cannot be concerned with the points. I can be concerned with something that we are not doing well and we need to correct it during the week," Riveiro said.
"We are not finding the goal as easy as we would like and that's a handicap. But I'm busy with the problems that we have to make sure that we solve them.
"If we continue having all problems, then we are doing something wrong. I'm busy trying to help my players to win games and score more goals, but I'm not concerned."
Babina Noko are also battling for results after a 2-0 defeat to TS Galaxy on October 29 extended their winless run to four games and saw them slip to 11th in the standings.
Golden Arrows will aim to keep the momentum going when they lock horns with Royal AM in a KZN derby at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
Abafana Bes'thende have made an impressive start to the season and a 2-1 victory over Kaizer Chiefs on October 28 took them within four points of league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns in second spot.
Thwihli Thwahla (14th) slid closer to the relegation zone following a 3-1 reverse to SuperSport United on October 26, which was their third loss on the spin.
Meanwhile, Cape Town City (4th) will be seeking their fourth straight win when they welcome Chippa United (7th) to the Cape Town Stadium and Stellenbosch (12th) entertain Richards Bay (15th) at the Danie Craven Stadium.
Then on Wednesday, Mamelodi Sundowns will look to extend their lead at the top of the table when they face AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
The Brazilians have not been in league action for over a month, having maintained their perfect start to 2023-24 with a 3-1 win over the Maroons September 27 to go unbeaten in their last 32 matches.
Usuthu (9th) are finding results hard to come by after a 1-1 draw with Chippa United on October 28 left them winless in their last four matches.
Cavin Johnson will be targeting his first win in charge of Kaizer Chiefs when they take on Cape Town Spurs behind closed doors at the FNB Stadium.
Amakhosi were hit with a one-game stadium ban for three separate instances of crowd trouble this term and there will be no fans allowed inside the ground for the visit of the Urban Warriors, who are rooted to the foot of the table after losing all eight of their matches since being promoted back to the top flight.
The Glamour Boys (10th) began life under Johnson with a loss to Arrows, their third defeat in four games, and the interim coach insists everyone at the club is working hard to turn things around.
"No coach in the world wants to have a poor start. It is not good, but we will keep our feet on the ground and hopefully, we will be able to get better results next time," Johnson said.
"It's about taking the job that the chairman [Kaizer Motaung] wants you to do and knowing that you have done this before in your life and trying to fix that.
"I will do my best and I think I have a good group of people behind me because this is not on my shoulders. It belongs to a lot of people and they are putting a lot of effort in to make sure that we deliver on 11 v 11."
Elsewhere around the country, Polokwane City (5th) and SuperSport United (3rd) go head to head at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, while Moroka Swallows (6th) square up to TS Galaxy (8th) at the Dobsonville Stadium.
DStv Premiership matchday 11 fixtures:
Tuesday, November 7
19h30: Cape Town City v Chippa United
19h30: Orlando Pirates v Sekhukhune United
19h30: Royal AM v Golden Arrows
19h30: Stellenbosch v Richards Bay
Wednesday, November 8
19h30: AmaZulu v Mamelodi Sundowns
19h30: Kaizer Chiefs v Cape Town Spurs
19h30: Polokwane City v SuperSport United
19h30: Moroka Swallows v TS Galaxy
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