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Preview: Swallows vs Sundowns 09/04/04
Another mammoth task awaits the men in maroon as they take on the falling Brazilians in  Saturdays' biggest Castle Premiership clash.

Moroka Swallows will be waiting for a beleaguered Sundowns team at the Rand Stadium and with both teams - originally part of the big four - stumbling this season, a highly anticipated clash could bring out the best in both sides.

The Dube Birds are slowly slipping but are not in any danger of losing their top eight position, which is needed for a place in the SAA Supa8 tournament while Downs seem safe of the relegation zone but will still be wanting to salvage some pride from a miserable season.

Swallows are fifth with 41 points while the three time Castle Premiership champions are six places behind the Soweto team and have a paltry 24 points from 23 games.

A win for Gavin Hunt's boys will move them one position up on the Castle Premiership table while a win for Paul Dolezar will see them move into ninth place.

Speedy winger Lucas Sebona and striker Carlo Scott were involved in a swap deal which saw the players moving from the Birds to Downs and vice-versa.

Sebona is known to his former team mates as one of the fastest players - with the ball at his feet - and the Swallows defence will need to keep an eye on him, while Scott, who was ineffective at Downs, is yet to establish himself as a (top) striker in the Premier Soccer League.

A hard fight to the final whistle is needed as a loss for both teams will dent their battered morale deeper than six feet, while for the once-mighty Brazilians the grave of mediocrity is a situation they can only correct next season.

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