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Preview: SuperSport v Swallows 30/01/04
Resurgent SuperSport United square up to Moroka Swallows in a clash where youthful exuberance and striking power have the potential to create an explosive Castle Premiership affair at the Securicor Loftus Stadium on Sunday.

The two clubs are currently neck-and-neck in the league race with both teams lying on 27 points, although Matsatsantsa have nudged ahead due to a superior goal difference.

The Pretoria team, who went through a slump in the early stages of the season, went on a scoring spree at the beginning of this year and recorded excellent victories against Santos (4-0), Zulu Royals (3-0), Black Leopards (2-0) and then drew 1-1 with Orlando Pirates.

Pitso Mosimane's men finished second to both Pirates last season and to Santos the season before that and the experience gained is showing in their hunger to win.

The young Thando Mngomeni is poised to leave the club soon for a Greek side, which will shift the responsibility of goalscoring to the diminutive twin striking duo of former Kaizer Chiefs and Hellenic marksman Daniel Matsau and former Santos goal-getter Abram Raselemane.

Swallows finished fourth last campaign after their impressive surge to the top ended with them dismally diving at the end of the season, leaving coach Gavin Hunt furious at his charges for failing at the last hurdle.

The Dube Birds, who boast the third best 'goals for' tally in the league (23), are now a force to be reckoned with, having the likes of Lucas Sebona and Edzai Kasinauyo marauding down the right and left wings respectively, while Hunt also has at least six quality strikers on whom he can call upon.

The combination of skipper Gary McNab and Warren Lewis, despite having a combined age of 65, have been solid in defence for the Sowetan giants this season and only 14 goals have beaten Nigerian keeper Greg Etafia, whose impressive performances in the Premiership have earned him a call up to the national team in Tunisia.

Namibian George 'Road Block' Hummel will be playing in what is most likely to be his last game for the Birds before his proposed move to Russia, and he has promised the Swallows faithful that he intends to go out with a bang.

Probable line-ups:

United (4-4-2): Marlin, Evans, Katze, Gaxa, Zwane, Motlhajwa, Sibeko, Ntsoelengoe, Mwamba, Matsau, Raselemane

Swallows (4-4-2): Bartman, Petersen, McNab, Hummel, Lewis, Sebona, Kometsi, Ngobeni, Kasinauyo, Lota, Permall

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