SuperSport take aim at TS Galaxy

08 January, 2021

SuperSport United will be aiming to add to TS Galaxy's woes when the two teams meet in a 2020-21 DStv Premiership match at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

SuperSport take aim at TS Galaxy

SuperSport United will be aiming to add to TS Galaxy's woes when the two teams meet in a 2020-21 DStv Premiership match at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Kick-off is at 3:00pm CAT.

Galaxy head into the game off the back of a 2-2 draw at home to Baroka FC, with the Mpumalanga side fighting back to salvage a point thanks to goals from Shaune Mogaila and Mxolisi Machupu.

The Rockets have taken five points from four home matches this season, with their only win in the league campaign thus far a 1-0 triumph over AmaZulu in Nelspruit in late October.

A seven-game winless run leaves Galaxy in 11th spot heading into this weekend's round of fixtures, a mere three points above the relegation zone.

Zipho Dlangalala, who has taken over the reins from Dan Malesela, was happy with the manner in which Galaxy responded last time out as they now set their sights on an improved performance this Saturday.

"There are a lot of positives that one can take," said Dlangalala.

"I can say that without any doubts. The whole structure, application of individual players and collective application is good. "With that said, I feel we can improve in certain areas. There are few things that we want to do better all the time. We have a few days to prepare. This is the league and this is the league during a pandemic. If there’s no time, we can’t complain. It is the same for all of us. I have no doubt that in the next game, we will be better."

SuperSport were unable to pick up a fourth successive win in the Premiership, as they were held 2-2 at home by Chippa United on Wednesday, with goals from Bradley Grobler and Thamsanqa Gabuza having given them a late lead before the Chilli Boys pulled level.

Matsatsantsa have claimed six points from four away matches this season, with their last result on the road a 3-1 win at Baroka in their final game of 2020.

"Overall I don't think we have any business dropping two points, I am quite disappointed, especially considering we were playing at home," SuperSport head coach Kaitano Tembo said in the aftermath of their 2-2 draw at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

"To be honest, our performance was very flat. Our game starts with pressing and our pressing wasn't consistent. We didn't look sharp, I don't want to blame the break, we just need to look forward and prepare adequately for this weekend's game."

Tembo reserved special praise for Grobler who scored his eighth goal in as many games this season, carrying on from where he left off last year.

"I think Bradley has really done well, we have really managed him as a collective and the conditioning team has really done a good job on him. He is a quality striker and he is one of the best finishers in the league and he is proving that time and time again," Tembo added.

This will be the first top-flight league meeting between TS Galaxy and SuperSport United.

Players to watch:

TS Galaxy

Mxolisi Macuphu: The former Bidvest Wits forward has scored three goals in his last two matches. While Galaxy haven't won a game in over two months, Macuphu's recent form in front of goal will come as a timely boost for a club who have only scored seven goals all season and he will be eager to continue his scoring streak against one of his former employers.

Mlungisi Mbunjana: As the season goes on, Mbunjana could have an increasingly important role to play in front of the back four. While there is no doubting Given Msimango's talent, the Galaxy captain will profit from experienced campaigners alongside him and with Bevan Fransman still easing his way back from injury, Mbunjana could provide that needed know-how.

SuperSport United

Bradley Grobler: With six goals in his last four matches, eight in eight this season, Grobler is not only the form striker in the division but the league's leading marksman heading into this weekend's round of fixtures. If he continues his scoring spree, SuperSport could maintain a genuine challenge for the Premiership title this season.

Teboho Mokoena: There were concrete fears that Mokoena would be less impactful in a deeper role following Dean Furman's departure, but the talented midfielder continues to shine in a SuperSport team packed with young talent. Mokoena is a key to how Matsatsantsa play and Tembo will be counting on him to unlock the Galaxy defence.