NFD: Weekend Preview

NFD: Weekend Preview

NFD_logo3The National First Division looks set for riveting weekend’s action, the stakes as high as ever at both ends of the table.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Moroka Swallows (15th) v Vasco Da Gama (11th) – Germiston Stadium

Swallows are making a late run for safety, the Birds unbeaten in their last five games, with two wins from their last three matches. But Vasco are on an equally impressive run, the Cape team also with two victories and three draws from their last five outings.

Black Leopards (9th) v AmaZulu (8th) – Thohoyandou Stadium It’s all about pride and the chance to finish in the top eight for these two former PSL clubs who have fallen out of the relegation race. Leopards have won two of their last three games, AmaZulu are winless in their five most recent league encounters.

African Warriors (16th) v Santos (12th) – Charles Mopeli Stadium

Warriors have gone six matches without a win, suffering four defeats in the process, the Free State side needing to save their season from ending in relegation. Having lost three of their last four games, Santos will also be determined to get back to winning ways.

Milano United (6th) v Mbombela United (5th) – Athlone Stadium

Both clubs have fallen off the pace recently, and badly need a maximum point haul to resurrect their promotion pushes. Milano go into the game on the back of three consecutive defeats which has left them four points off the play-offs. Mbombela have managed four points from their last three matches and are also four points shy of the play-offs.

Royal Eagles (3rd) v Baroka FC (2nd) – Harry Gwala Stadium

A massive game for both clubs to take place in Pietermaritzburg. Baroka were knocked off the top of the table last weekend, although they do have a game in hand. Eagles meanwhile have claimed seven points from their last three games to rocket into the play-off zone, just four points off the summit.

Mthatha Bucks (14th) v Cape Town All Stars (7th) – Mthatha Stadium

A point from their last two games has left Bucks just three points above the drop zone. All Stars meanwhile are out to make it three wins in a row, Igugu Lekapa a resurgent team under Professor Ngubane.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Witbank Spurs (4th) v Thanda Royal Zulu FC (13th) – Puma Rugby Stadium

Spurs will need to lick their wounds and bounce back after claiming only two points from their last four matches to slip two points off the play-off zone. Thanda have claimed four points from their last two games, but are still only five points above the drop zone.

FC Cape Town (10th) v Highlands Park (1st) – NNK Rugby Stadium

FC Cape Town beat Baroka FC just a few weeks back and have won three of their last six matches. The Lions of the North, who went top last weekend, will be wary of the potential stumbling block posed by the African Beasts. The Gauteng club are unbeaten in 14 matches, and have won four of the last five.