Will Downs' pull a mat under Chiefs feet?

Kick-off is at 3:30pm.

The Amakhosi are currently unbeaten in the league and top the standings with 28 points from ten games, having won nine times and drawn one match which sees them 11 points clear of second-placed Chippa United.

The defending Absa Premiership champions, on the other hand, have not had the best run of form in the league after drawing their last three matches which sees them placed fifth on the table with 16 points from ten games.

Chiefs will want to pick up where they left off in their last league match after beating AmaZulu 2-1, while Sundowns will want to erase the memory of a goalless draw against Mpumalanga Black Aces.

Amakhosi striker Bernard Parker though believes all the pressure will be on Sundowns to perform after their slow start to the season and they are eager to get a win in order to dent their chances of a title defence.

“Sundowns will be under pressure coming into the game,” said Parker.

“From their point of view they need to close that gap.

“However, we are of course well aware of that. Even more so, if we win that could put a dent in their championship aspirations this season.

“We will be fully focused and ready for the game.”

Both teams come into the match off the back of a two-week international break, but besides from the international players at the Amakhosi who have represented their respective countries, Parker says the rest of the players have been keeping fit and improving their game.

“During the break we not only had time to work individually, but also as a team on our game,” added Parker.

In the Brazilians’ camp, midfielder Teko Modise knows the pressure is on to get all three points, not only because of their string of poor results, but also in order to slow down Chiefs at the top of the table.

“The team has not been achieving the best results,” said Modise.

“We have been dropping points and it is unsatisfactory.

“This international break allowed us to prepare for the matches that await us leading to the festive season.

“We have been playing a few friendlies to keep fit while we prepare for our clash against Chiefs.”

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Sundowns have met in 58 league matches since 1985. The Amakhosi have 24 wins compared to 18 for the Brazilians, while 16 matches have been drawn.

Last season Amakhosi won 1-0 in Tshwane, while the Brazilians claimed revenge with a 1-0 victory in Soweto.

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