Domestic cup clashes dominate Soccer 6
Cup clashes tomorrow dominate the domestic agenda as the last eight battle it out for Nedbank Cup places.
All four quarterfinal ties take place within a few hours of each other, starting with games in Durban and Port Elizabeth and culminating with two clashes in Soweto.
Holders Supersport United, who have already contested a cup final this season in the Telkom Knockout in which they lost to Cape Town City, continue their rivalry with Kaizer Chiefs with the Nedbank Cup offering the only prospect of consolation as their league title hopes look to be fading away.
Chiefs and Supersport kick off their meeting at Soccer City at 6pm and have plenty of history in the Cup with honours largely even. United claimed victory in the 1999 final with a 2-1 success as the late Thomas Madigage and Glen Salmon were on target.
But Chiefs got revenge in the 2013 decider when Bernard Parker scored in a 1-0 victory. He will return from suspension for tomorrow's meeting.
The other four meetings in the competition in earlier rounds have resulted in three wins for Amakhosi and one for Supersport.
The teams played to a 1-1 draw this season in the league, with the reverse fixture eight days after this match.
Supersport have generally performed well at Chiefs, but have just a single away win over the Amakhosi since 2009, bucking the trend. The defending champions from Tshwane have a single defeat in their past 11 Nedbank Cup matches.
The clash is M3 in the Soccer 6 pool of the week. Let's look at the others:
M1 Chippa United v Jomo Cosmos:
This will be a first cup meeting between the clubs with their four previous meetings all in the league. Chippa have won two of those with Cosmos claiming a thrilling 4-3 success in November 2015 and the other match drawn. Cosmos are therefore yet to win at the Chilli Boyz.
M2 Golden Arrows v Platinum Stars:
This usually produces goals with just a single 0-0 draw in the 30 meetings between the sides. There was a 6-4 victory for Stars over Arrows in the 2012-2013 season that remains a record for most goals in a single PSL fixture.
M4 Orlando Pirates v Bloemfontein Celtic:
Pirates have only two wins in their past 10 meetings with Celtic, making the Bloemfontein side something of a bogey team for them. Pirates are seeking a fourth Nedbank Cup final since 2008, having lifted the trophy in 2011 and 2014, but losing out last year to Supersport United.
M5 Espanyol v Atletico Madrid:
Espanyol have won three of their last four matches. Atletico look to keep third spot in La Liga after going eight league games without defeat.
M6 Fiorentina v Inter Milan:
Fiorentina had won four matches in a row against Inter before their last clash in Milan in November, which Inter won 4-2.