04 February 2020, by: Leonard Solms
Nedbank Cup Preview: Round of 32
Last season saw TS Galaxy stun South Africa by claiming Nedbank Cup glory with a 1-0 final win over Kaizer Chiefs.
This year’s round of 32 kicks off on 5 February with Dan Malesela’s side seeking another upset. We offer you our thoughts on the key clashes across the round.
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Dan Malesela faces the club which unceremoniously sacked him twice as the Chilli Boys host the defending Nedbank Cup champions in Port Elizabeth.
Chippa have impressed since Norman Mapeza took charge, but they have often struggled to find the net.
TS Galaxy are struggling to escape the First Division relegation scrap and could use a break from league action.
Ultimately, Chippa should be too strong for their visitors in this one and are tipped to find their goalscoring form and come away with a comfortable win.
Prediction: Chippa United Win 2-0
BET: CHI v TSG
Last year’s beaten finalists, Kaizer Chiefs, have a point to prove and kick off their campaign with a seemingly straightforward match against Royal Eagles at FNB Stadium.
Royal Eagles have lost three straight matches at the time of writing, conceding 11 goals along the way.
We could see a big score here with Chiefs players hungry to stake their claims for starting spots and therefore going full speed ahead.
Prediction: Kaizer Chiefs Win 5-0
BET: CHI v EAG
In four Tshwane derbies this season, Mamelodi Sundowns lead SuperSport United by two wins to one. Matsatsantsa have a score to settle and will be going out guns blazing in an attempt to do so.
Sundowns having been linked with the likes of Aubrey Modiba, Bradley Grobler and Teboho Mokoena adds extra spice to this clash.
Sundowns are tipped to just get over the line at Loftus Versfeld with their tremendous squad depth counting in their favour.
Prediction: 2-2 Draw, Mamelodi Sundowns Win on Penalties
BET: SUN v SSU
Orlando Pirates seek to continue their tremendous form against league title challengers Bidvest Wits at Orlando Stadium.
Gabadinho Mhango is leading a surge up the table for Pirates and will be looking to extend his fine form to torment former club Wits in the Nedbank Cup.
Wits were recently dumped out of the CAF Confederation Cup and lost 2-0 to Cape Town City in the league. Also, they will play this game only three days after facing Black Leopards. As a result, Pirates are likely to claim this one.
Prediction: Orlando Pirates Win 2-0
BET: PIR v WIT
19h30 – Chippa United vs TS Galaxy (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium)
19h30 – Ajax CT vs TS Sporting (Athlone Stadium)
20h00 – Stellenbosch vs Maritzburg United (Athlone Stadium)
15h00 – Passion FC vs Real Kings (Kameelrivier Stadium)
15h00 – Bloem Celtic vs AmaZulu (Dr Molemela Stadium)
15h00 – Amavarara vs Super Eagles (Sisa Dukashe Stadium)
15h00 – Vaal University vs Golden Arrows (Dobsonville Stadium)
18h00 – Kaizer Chiefs vs Royal Eagles (FNB Stadium)
20h15 – Mamelodi Sundowns vs SuperSport (Loftus Versfeld)
20h15 – Highlands Park vs Uthongathi (Makhulong Stadium)
5h00 – Jomo Cosmos vs Hungry Lions (Olen Park Stadium)
15h00 – Orlando Pirates vs Bidvest Wits (Orlando Stadium)
15h00 – Black Leopards vs NW University (Thohoyandou Stadium)
15h00 – Mbombela United vs CT City (Kanyamazane Stadium)
19h30 – Zizwe United vs Happy Wanderers (Athlone Stadium)
19h30 – Polokwane City vs Baroka (New Peter Mokaba Stadium)
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