The race for the DStv Premiership title continues this weekend with a full round of fixtures headlined by the Tshwane derby between Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday night.
Focus for his weekend will also be on Kaizer Chiefs, who are returning to action after missing their last two matches against Cape Town City and Golden Arrows due to a Covid-19 outbreak at their base in Naturena.
Amakhosi are at home to rookies Sekhukhune United at FNB Stadium and other notable matches if this round sees Orlando Pirates take on TS Galaxy while high flying Royal AM are involved in the KwaZulu-Natal derby against Golden Arrows.
Baroka VS Cape Town City
The return of coach Kgoloko Thobejane has not yet yielded the desired results as he has overseen two losses to Golden Arrows and Swallows and one draw with Orlando Pirates to drop the club to the bottom of the log.
They are up against a Cape Town City side that is fresh from a hard fought 3-2 win over Maritzburg United on Tuesday and their mission is three points that may push them into the top eight.
Pick: Cape Town City Wins by 1.58 at BetXChange
Chippa United VS AmaZulu
Things have not gone according to plan for caretaker coach Kurt Lentjies who has been on the receiving end of two successive losses to Golden Arrows and TS Galaxy and they remain second from the bottom.
On the other hand, AmaZulu players and their coach Benni McCarthy are under pressure to break a frustrating five successive match spell of draws that has cost them valuable ten log points.
Pick: AmaZulu Wins by 1.69 at BetXChange
Swallows VS Marumo Gallants
A draw and a win for new coach Dylan Kerr who replaced Brandon Truter and his assistant Simo Dladla has lifted Swallows from the bottom of the log to fourteenth spot and they will be looking for another victory.
Getting three points is not going to be an easy thing Marumo Gallants who have improved significantly under coach Dan Malesela and they are on a successive two match winning streak after victories over TS Galaxy and Sekhukhune United.
Pick: Swallows Wins by 1.16 at BetXChange
Orlando Pirates VS TS Galaxy
The Buccaneers have blown hot and cold this season and this is better illustrated by their results of the past five matches where they have recorded three draws, one win and one loss where they have only scored four goals.
They are up against a rejuvenated TS Galaxy who have improved significantly since the arrival of German coach Sead Ramović and they go into this game on the back of a crucial win over Chippa United during the week.
Pick: Pirates Wins 0.69 by at BetXChange
SuperSport United VS Mamelodi Sundowns
Without doubt, the anticipated Tshwane derby is the match of the week.
The Brazilians and Matsatsantsa meet for the second time in less than three weeks in this anticipated Tshwane derby soon after their exciting 2-2 draw at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria last month.
In that match, the goal that was scored by United attacker Ghampani Lungu brought to an end Sundowns’ highly impressive and record-breaking 13-match run without conceding in the league.
Pick: Sundowns Wins by 1.20 at BetXChange
Royal AM VS Golden Arrows
After two matches without a win, a run that has been then draw with neighbours AmaZulu and lose to Mamelodi Sundowns, Royal AM coach John Maduka and his players will be desperate to get back to winning ways.
Their mission of the points is not going to be an easy one as they are up against a Golden Arrows side that is brimming with confidence after two successive victories against Baroka and Chippa United.
Pick: Royal AM Wins by 1.19 at BetXChange
Maritzburg United VS Stellenbosch
Maritzburg United go into this match above the relegation zone but coach Enrst Middendorp will be concerned that they have gone five matches without a win as a result of two losses and three draws.
On the other hand, Stellenbosch have similar problems is lack of consistency as they have lost three and drawn two of their last five matches to lose tough with the rest of the pacesetters at the top of the log.
Pick: Maritzburg Wins by 1.65 at BetXChange
Kaizer Chiefs VS Sekhukhune United
One of the matches that is going to draw attention as Amakhosi will be returning to official action for the first time in more than a week after the skipped assignments against Cape Town City and Golden Arrows due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in their camp.
Their match fitness is going to be tested by on-form and second placed Sekhukhune United who will be looking to return back to winning ways after they lost to Marumo Gallants during the week.
Pick: Chiefs Wins 1.23 by at BetXChange