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Ajax, Downs battle for redemption

Ajax, Downs battle for redemption

Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns will both be desperate to return to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they take to the field at Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday.Kick-off is at 7:30pm CAT, catch the action live on SS4HD and live streaming on DStv Now.

The two clubs currently find themselves at opposite ends of the league table with victory for either to be a timely boost to their respective cause.The Urban Warriors suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Maritzburg United in their opening game of the year. Fagrie Lakay found the back of the net after six minutes, but the Team of Choice battled back to leave the Mother City with all three points.

A second successive loss leaves the Cape Town side, who have managed just one victory in their last seven league outings, marooned in the relegation zone. Muhsin Ertugral’s troops have performed adequately at home so far this season, with 11 points from seven matches. Prior to losing at home to Maritzburg on the weekend, Ajax had claimed seven points from their previous three turns as hosts.

Sundowns head into the midweek clash on the back of a surprise 3-2 loss away to Polokwane City over the past weekend. The Tshwane side also took the lead in their game thanks to an early strike from George Lebese, but ended up suffering their first away defeat of the 2017-18 season – it was also Rise and Shine’s first home win of the campaign.

The Brazilians had been unbeaten on the road until their trip to the Limpopo province, but a haul of 19 points from eight away games this season is still an outstanding record. Yet Pitso Mosimane will still be very keen to see his side snap a two-game losing streak.

In head-to-head stats, Ajax Cape Town and Sundowns have met in 36 league matches since the 1999-2000 season. The Brazilians have claimed 14 wins compared to 11 for the Urban Warriors, while 11 matches have been drawn. The Cape side has won seven of 18 home league matches in the rivalry, suffering five defeats in the process.

When the teams locked horns last season, Ajax claimed a 2-0 home in the first half of the campaign, but ‘Downs claimed revenge with a victory by the same margin in the return fixture. The Urban Warriors are unbeaten in their last five home matches against the Brazilians.

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