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The Clever Boys up for Sundowns challenge

Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns will meet for a key battle in the Absa Premiership, set for the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Tuesday 17 December 2019, kick-off at 19h30.

Wits claimed a sixth win from just nine league matches this season when they defeated Golden Arrows 1-0 away on December 12, with a first-half strike from Gift Motupa. The Clever Boys have taken just six points from four home matches so far in the 2019/20 campaign.

Sundowns claimed a second successive league win when they defeated Stellenbosch 3-1 at home on December 11, recovering from 0-1 down to claim victory thanks to goals from Themba Zwane, Sphelele Mkhulise and Keletso Makgalwa. The Brazilians have claimed eight points from five away games this season.

In head-to-head stats, Wits and Sundowns have met in 67 league matches since 1985. The Brazilians have claimed 36 wins compared to 17 for the Clever Boys, while 14 matches have been drawn. The Johannesburg side has won 13 of their 34 home league matches against their Tshwane counterparts, suffering 16 defeats in the process.

In last season’s league meetings between the teams they cancelled each other out, playing to 1-1 draws both at Lucas Moripe Stadium in October 2018 and Bidvest Stadium in February 2019. The Clever Boys have claimed just one win from their last seven league matches against the Brazilians.

Wits’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Arrows on December 12: Goss, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Hlatshwayo, Macheke, Hotto, Alexander, Monare, Doutie (Domingo 67′), Motupa (Macuphu 61′), Pelembe (Dzvukamanja 82′).

Sundowns’ line-up from their 3-1 win over Stellenbosch on December 11: Mweene, Lukhubeni, Arendse, Madisha, Lakay, Mkhulise, Coetzee (Lebusa 76′), Mabunda (Affonso 63′), Zwane, Meza (Makgalwa 46′), Vilakazi.