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Preview - Sundowns v Arrows


Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns are taking the disciplined approach ahead of their Castle Premiership encounter against the struggling Golden Arrows at the Super Stadium on Saturday evening (kick-off 7.30pm).

Whilst most would pick 'Downs to beat the underfire Arrows nine times out of 10, according to Sundowns Marketing and Communications Director Alex Shakoane, Sundowns dare not underestimate the men from Durban.

"We are going to be disciplined and be respectful to Arrows because that's the only way to beat them," he told The Sowetan this week. "They are wounded and will be looking to displace."

The 'Brazilians' will no doubt be aiming to make it two wins in as many matches against Kwazulu-Natal opposition, after trashing AmaZulu 4-0 in their last Premiership outing. And Shakoane believes that a win over Arrows will prove that their victory over AmaZulu was no fluke.

The 'Brazilians' have everybody on board ahead of Saturday - except Dillon Shepard and Manqoba 'Shakes' Ngwenya, both of whom are lacking match fitness after recently returning from long-term injuries.

It will be interesting to see who wins the midfield battle between Sundowns duo Godfrey Sapula and Esrom Nyandoro and Arrows' Papi Zothwane and Bheka Phakathi.

Arrows caretaker coach Manqoba Mnqithi will still be at the helm in the absence of Khabo Zondo, whose whereabouts remain unclear.

According to Arrows PRO Zwelethu Mzolo, who spoke to The Sowetan, they are determined to fight for three points against Sundowns, which may change the struggling side's fortunes this season.

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Sunday, January 28
Castle Premiership

Swallows v Premier United 
Kick-off: 3.45pm
Venue: Germiston Stadium

January 20
Castle Premiership
Draw 0-0 v Pirates
Venue: Ellis Park

January 14
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v Silver Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

January 10
Castle Premiership
Lost 0-1 v Supersport
Venue:
 Loftus Stadium

Sunday, January 7
Castle Premiership
Draw 2-2 v Leopards
Venue:
Germiston Stadium

Wednesday, December 20
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v AmaZulu
Venue: Princess Magogo

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