Tuesday night’s Pretoria derby at the Lucas Moripe Stadium will decide whether its SuperSport United or the University of Pretoria which joins the other seven clubs in the 2016 Nedbank Cup quarter-finals.
The match is set to kick off at 19H30. The winner will join Bidvest Wits, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Polokwane City, Mamelodi Sundowns, Free State Stars, Orlando Pirates and Baroka FC in the last eight, the draw for the next round to take place this Thursday.
From a statistical and historical point of view, SuperSport United will be heavy favourites: in the nine previous games played between the two sides, Matsatsantsa have won eight, with one match drawn. While United have score 15 times in the nine games, Tuks are yet to out a goal past their city rivals in a competitive fixture.
In the two league games the sides have played this season, SuperSport won both games 2-0, thanks to goals from Clayton Daniels, Michael Boxall, Sibusiso Khumalo and Thuso Phala.
Stuart Baxter’s side booked their place in the last 16 with a 1-0 win over Moroka Swallows, while Shaun Bartlett’s Tuks beat Second Division side Polokwane City Rovers 5-0.
SuperSport won the competition in 1999, 2005 and 2012, losing to Kaizer Chiefs in the 2013 final. The University of Pretoria’s best showing was in 2009, when while still playing in the NFD, they made it all the way to the final, losing 1-0 to Swallows.