Sunday, 25 April 2021 10:01

Staff Reporter.

Mamelodi Sundowns will be aiming to keep their unbeaten record intact when they host Kaizer Chiefs in a heavyweight clash at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 3pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).

Sundowns extended their league unbeaten run to 21 games this season, and remained in charge of the title race, by drawing 0-0 away to an in-form AmaZulu on April 21.

The Brazilians have claimed 22 points from 10 home matches this season, with their last result as hosts a 1-1 draw with Black Leopards in March.

"Chiefs are still a very big club and deserve a lot of respect," said Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena ahead of the match. "The fixtures between Chiefs and Sundowns is always one that is highly anticipated and brings a lot of attention because of the magnitude of both clubs.

"The reality is that, because of that, you have to be sober minded when analyzing Chiefs and not derive anything from their position on the log and their result against Cape Town City.

"They still have very good players, players with great pedigree and very good young players. Good team, big team and a very good coach in Gavin Hunt who knows what he is doing. A very good coach who I have great admiration and huge respect for. It will be a big match."

Chiefs have gone three league matches without a win after they were beaten 2-1 at home by Cape Town City on April 21. The Soweto side has won just once in their last 10 league outings and go into the weekend in 11th spot.

The Amakhosi have claimed 13 points from 10 away matches this season, with their last result on the road a 1-1 draw at Baroka earlier this month.

"Yes, we have been playing really well, it is just that the results have not been going our way and it is up to us to dig deeper," said Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. "There are only eight games left, we just need to keep working hard and grinding for results.

"Sundowns have been doing really well, but at this stage we are focussed on ourselves, our game plan and how we can take advantage of the opportunities we create. It is important that every game we go into we dig deep and fight until the end.

"It hasn't been a very easy season for us but we are together as a team. We are training hard and we know what to expect against a very good side that plays very good football. It will be a very tough match."

In head-to-head stats, Sundowns and Chiefs have met in 71 league matches since 1985. The Amakhosi have claimed 28 wins compared to 23 for the Brazilians, while 20 matches have been drawn. The Tshwane side has won 15 of their 35 home matches in the rivalry, suffering 11 defeats in the process.