Stars set for Sundowns showdown

Loftus Versfeld is the venue for our eagerly awaited Premiership clash with league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday, kick-off 19:30.

In first place with 38 points, Masandawana are just six points ahead of Ea Lla Koto on the standings, after 20 games.

An away win could see Stars move as high as second, with second-placed Kaizer Chiefs and third-placed Orlando Pirates not playing until the weekend.

While Pitso Mosimane’ charges come into this game unbeaten in their last four games, including a 1-0 win in the Nedbank Cup over Cape Town All Stars last time out, Luc Eymael led Stars to Nedbank Cup victory over Super Eagles after a 2-0 defeat of Baroka in the league.

The last time these two sides played each other, at Goble Park in September last year, Sundowns claimed a narrow 2-1 win.

And heading into this game, such has been Stars’ form that Mosimane heaped praise on our head coach.

He told the Sowetan: “Luc is a top coach. Everywhere he has been – at Polokwane City, Bloemfontein Celtic and now at Stars – he has left a legacy.

“If you look at the way Stars play, they are playing as a team. What is important for us is to pay respect to them but also win the game.”

Only Mosimane is suspended for this tie, as he serves the last of a two-match ban, and will therefore not be on the bench.

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