Mamelodi Sundowns return to Premiership action after an elongated break from the competition.
It’s been a full month since Sundowns beat Golden Arrows in Durban, this weekend they are in Cape Town to face Eric Tinkler’s City.
Here we try to predict how Mamelodi Sundowns will line up in Cape Town on Saturday 20 November.
Mamelodi Sundowns starting XI prediction
Veteran stopper Denis Onyango should be retained as the first choice goalkeeper unless Sundowns see some reason to deploy any of his able deputies.
Denis Onyango, Captain of Mamelodi Sundowns manages to survive the penalty shot by Sbonelo Cele of Lamontville Golden Arrows during the DStv Premiership 2021/22 game between Golden Arrows and Mamelodi Sundowns at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on 20 October 2021 © Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix
At left back Aubrey Modiba has a chance to press his claims for a national team recall in the near future as part of a settled back four.
On the right Khuliso Mudau has recovered from a knock picked up before the international break and should start at fullback.
Khuliso Mudau of Mamelodi Sundowns during the DStv Premiership 2021/22 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United on the 03 November 2021 at the Loftus Versveld Stadium, Pretoria ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Mosa Lebusa and Rushine de Reuck form an imposing centre back pairing with plenty of mobility, strength and ability.
In central midfield, we expect to see Rivaldo Coetzee come in to partner with Andile Jali in the engine room.
Thabiso Kutumela is likely to make way for Themba Zwane down the left flank while on the other wing we should see Gaston Sirino making a nuisance of himself.
Kermit Erasmus should face his former team in partnership with Peter Shalulile.
Kermit Erasmus of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal with teammates during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match against Stellenbosch FC on the 28 November 2020 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium / Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Mamelodi Sundowns Starting XI (Predicted)
Denis Onyango, Aubrey Modiba, Mosa Lebusa, Rushine de Reuck, Khuliso Mudau, Rivaldo Coetzee, Andile Jali, Themba Zwane, Gaston Sirino, Kermit Erasmus, Peter Shalulile.
To be announced a minimum of one hour before kick-off.