NFD: Weekend preview

After the completion of this weekend's round 10 action, the National First Division will have reached the one third mark of the season.

All matches kick off at 15H30.

Saturday, November 07, 2016

Santos v FC Cape Town - Athlone Stadium

Santos will be looking to turn one point into three after four consecutive draws. FC Cape Town are boosted by their 2-1 derby victory over All Stars, having lost three games in a row before that.

Witbank Spurs v Black Leopards - Puma Rugby Stadium

Spurs lost their last match to Cosmos and have battled with consistency - two wins and two defeats in their last five. It's the same for Leopards, who are in eighth spot, one place below Spurs - the Limpopo side have one win and two draws in their last five matches and also recently parted ways with their head coach.

Stellenbosch FC v Cape Town All Stars - Coetzenberg Stadium

Stellenbosch are the form team in the NFD right now, with four wins from their past five outings. Stars remain rooted in the relegation zone after claiming just two points from their last three matches.

Royal Eagles v Milano United - Harry Gwala Stadium

Eagles have picked up an impressive 11 points from their last five games and scored 14 goals in the process. Milano have managed seven points from their last four matches to move clear of the relegation zone.

Mbombela United v Jomo Cosmos - Kanyamazane Stadium

Apart from their victory over AmaTuks, Mbombela have really struggled for positive results and are only two points above the drop zone. Cosmos are in fourth position after three wins in their last five games.

Magesi FC v Mthatha Bucks - Old Peter Mokaba Stadium

Like Mthatha Bucks last season, Magesi have found life tough in their first season in the NFD and they occupy bottom spot on the table. But the Limpopo side have a new coach at the helm in Shepherd Murape. Bucks are unbeaten in their last three and are in fifth position.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Thanda Royal Zulu FC v University of Pretoria - Umhlathuze Sports Complex

The question is quickly becoming 'who will be able to put a stop to Thanda's unbeaten run' - the KZN side in sparkling form and three points clear of Stellenbosch at the summit. AmaTuks have fallen to 10th position after picking up only four points of the last available 15.

Real Kings FC v AmaZulu - Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium

Real Kings have made themselves a hard nut to crack - the KZN team has lost only twice this season and are in ninth position. Neighbouring AmaZulu (sixth) beat Mbombela 2-0 last Sunday to end a run of four straight defeats.

SUSPENSIONS:

BLACK LEOPARDS: PATRICK MUSAKA

JOMO COSMOS: BRICE AKA

MILANO UNITED: GREGORY ROELF

REAL KINGS FC: MMISENI NDLOVU

ROYAL EAGLES: LESEGO MANGANYI

STELLENBOSCH FC: JASON SKIPPERS, JUNAID SAIT

UNIVER. OF PRETORIA: MASON OCTOBER, THABO MOLO