The Nedbank Cup will kick-off with the first match of the last 32 on Friday afternoon between Pretoria University and Chippa United in Pretoria.
This year’s it will be a celebration of 15 years of the tournament that has over the years produced shock results during meetings of big and small teams and has produced surprise champions.
The Nedbank Cup has also contributed to the development of domestic football by providing amateur teams with an opportunity to compete against top-tier teams.
In the past, football fans have witnessed historic wins by small teams TS Galaxy and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) who against all odds went all the way to be crowned champions and earn the opportunity of competing in the CAF Confederations Cup.
Pretoria University VS Chippa United
Chippa United will be favourites to progress to the next round against GladAfrica Championship side Pretoria University (Tuks) who have been blowing hot and cold in the National First Division (NFD) this season.
Pick: Chippa Wins by 1.00 at BetXChange
Richards Bay VS Mamelodi Sundowns
The star-studded Brazilians are overwhelming favourites to walk over this unfancied Richards Bay side in the second match of the tournament on Friday. Though they will be favourites, Sundowns will definitely not be taking Richards Bay lightly to avoid embarrassment.
Pick: Sundowns Wins by 0.35 at BetXChange
Swallows VS TS Sporting
With new coach Dylan Kerr in charge, Swallows players will be looking to impress but their mission of progressing to the next round is not going to be an easy one against this TS Sporting side that is coached by former Bafana Bafana midfielder Benson Mhlongo.
Pick: Swallows Wins by 0.65 at BetXChange
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) VS Golden Arrows
Abafana bes’thende have been largely inconsistent in the league so far this season, which will be a worry for coach Lehlohonolo Seema and they are going to be tested by defending champions TTM in Limpopo.
Pick: Arrows Wins by 0.90 at BetXChange
Orlando Pirates VS AmaZulu
Arguably the best match of the last 32 round. This fixture has pitted Benni McCarthy against Mandla Ncikazi and sparks are expected to fly at Orlando Stadium as they will be looking to start the competition on a positive note.
Pick: Pirates Wins by 0.90 at BetXChange
Maritzburg United VS SuperSport United
This is another match which can go either way but having said that, slight advantage will be with SuperSport United and their coach Kaitano Tembo who have proven cup pedigree over the past few seasons.
Pick: SuperSport Wins by 1.45 at BetXChange
Royal AM VS Cape Town City
This may turn out to a spicy affair in Durban with very little separating the two teams in the DStv Premiership log standings. They have been busy in the transfer market over the past few weeks and this match will be an opportunity to parade their new signings.
Pick: Royal AM Wins by 1.35 at BetXChange
Kaizer Chiefs VS TS Galaxy
This is the repeat of the 2019 final where TS Galaxy. Still campaigning in the National First Division (NFD) at that time, Galaxy stunned Amakhosi with a stoppage time penalty to win the tournament. Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter will be hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself.
Pick: Chiefs Wins by 0.40 at BetXChange