Week by week, the NFD title race and the battle to steer clear of the relegation zone, is becoming an increasingly intriguing tale.
There are three games on Saturday and three on Sunday, following the two midweek fixtures earlier this week.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Thanda Royal Zulu (11th) v Royal Eagles (7th) – Umhlathuze Sports Complex
Its KZN derby time once more as Thanda take on Eagles in Richards Bay, the first round affair in Durban having ended 1-1. Both sides have been struggling for results, with just a win each in their last five matches respectively, making the three point prize on Saturday even bigger.
Vasco Da Gama (12th) v African Warriors (13th) – Parow Park
Both sides have battled for results and consistency all season long, and have managed just three wins each this season. Vasco are just four points, and Warriors only three points, above the drop zone; both teams will be eyeing victory in a game that could arguably be termed as a six-pointer.
Highlands Park (6th) v Cape Town All Stars (3rd) – Makhulong Stadium
This match sees the two sides that won promotion from the Second division two years ago squaring up to each other in Tembisa. Just two point separates the two sides who have both been having good seasons. In head-to-head stats, Stars have won two and Highlands Park one of the three matches played, Igugu Lekapa having won the first round fixture 1-0 in Cape Town.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
AmaZulu (8th) v FC Cape Town (14th) – Princess Magogo Stadium
AmaZulu come into this game with back to back victories over Swallows and Vasco, now sitting just five points off the play-off zone, the team boosted by the arrival of Siyabonga Nomvethe. FC Cape Town are third from bottom, have won only one of their last five, and lost 5-2 at home to Black Leopards last week.
Baroka FC (1) v Moroka Swallows (16) – Old Peter Mokaba Stadium
Its top versus bottom, the all-conquering log leaders will fancy themselves against struggling Swallows, who have taken just two points from their last possible 15. Baroka are three points clear of Witbank Spurs, and could extend that advantage as Spurs are not in action after playing midweek. The first round encounter ended in a 3-0 win for Baroka.
Mbombela United (5th) v Black Leopards (9th) – Kanyamazane Stadium
Mbombela have drawn their last two games, winning three before that, and are currently on a seven match unbeaten run. The rookie NFD club from Mpumalanga are just a point off the play-off positions. Leopards are by no means out the running themselves, their 5-2 win over FC Cape Town showing that the Limpopo men mean business in the season run in.