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Both teams under pressure 12/03/04
Santos will be travelling to Pretoria on Sunday to play Sundowns in a Castle Premiership match at the Odi Stadium where both teams will be under pressure to win, albeit it for different reasons.

The People's Team were shocked by the whipping boys of the league, Hellenic, by a 1-0 in a midweek encounter.

Sitting on top of the table, Santos have Kaizer Chiefs, who are second place, breathing heavily down their necks.

They have played six games more than Chiefs and are only three points above the mighty Amakhosi, who face Ajax next Wednesday in what promises to be an encounter of epic proportions.

Coach Boebie Solomons will have to read the riot act to his aging players if they are going to come with all the points from the fading giants, Sundowns.

Santos will be looking to Marawaan Bantam and Jean Marc Ithier for goals, as these two have scored seven goals each of Santos's 32 goals so far this season.

Bantam, however, might start on the bench as the player who replaced him in his absence from the team, Thembile Kanono, has been highly impressive for the Cape-based side.

Santos's back four have conceded 23 goals this season and the multi talented Sundowns players will be keen to exploit this weakness.

In Siaka Tienie, the Brazilians have a player who can impose his authority on the Santos defence.

Sundowns are in tenth position on the log and have a fight on their hands if they are to finish in the top eight.

Simba Marumo, Rotson Kilambe and Godfrey Sapula are their top goal scorers so far - they have banged three goals apiece.

Sundowns coach Paul Dolezar has a lot of quality players at his disposal, but he has not yet come up with a winning combination that have been able to win successive matches.

In their last match, they were beaten by a late goal by their arch-rivals SuperSport United Wednesday night.

This match will be too close to call because both teams posses plenty of quality an neither side will be carrying the underdog tag


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