THE Absa Premiership resume to business this evening with six matched taking place around the country this evening.
In Tshwane, SuperSport United host minnows Black Leopards at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in an Absa Premiership match at 7.30pm.
After a three week long break in the accommodation of international fixtures and the MTN8 final, the PSL bounces back into action with United trying to build on their fair start in their league campaign while Leopards are trying to improve on their rather unsatisfactory start.
SuperSport United hosted Mpumalanga Black Aces at Linksfield Soccer Fields in the break and were not happy with the result.
The game ended 2-2, with Mame Niang getting on the score sheet in one of their friendly matches they used to keep their match fitness during the long break.
Midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo says the friendlies were helpful as they got to work on their tactical plans for the Leopards game.
“Leopards haven’t had the greatest of the starts in their return to the premier league, but that does not mean we are going to undermine them, we’ve seen how they play and they are getting better with every game.
“We are prepared for them as we also want to continue where we left off before the break,” said the U/23 international.
Black Leopards, on the other hand, try and emulate the display which saw them beat Golden Arrows 2-0 in their last match before the recess.
Former SuperSport United forward, now a Leopard man, Thabo Mongalo says his time at SuperSport is history now and he is looking forward to coming up against them.
“The fact that they are my former team will not count for anything because my time there is history. I’m a Leopards player now and I will try to do my job as assigned at the club. They are a top side with vast experience so it will be a tough game as we are also on our heels but we are ready,” Mongalo said.
In head-to-head stats, SuperSport and Leopards have met in 14 league games since 2001/02. Matsatsantsa have claimed six wins to Leopards’ five, while three games have ended in draws.
The Pretoria team have a decent home record against Lidoda Duvha as well, having won three matches to the visitors’ two.
The teams last played each in the top flight back in the 2007/08 season.
Leopards won their home match 2-0, while SuperSport won the return match later in the season 3-1.
In another interesting match, Orlando Pirates welcome Santos at Orlando Stadium also at 7.30pm.
The rest of the Absa Premiership fixtures this evening are: Golden Arrows v Platinum Stars (King Zwelithini, 6pm), Moroka Swallows v Free State Stars (Dobsonville), Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs (Cape Town) and Bloemfontein Celtic v Maritzburg United (Seisa Ramabodu). All matches start at 7.30pm, unless stated.