Cape Town City vs Mamelodi Sundowns prediction and betting tips (August 5)
Cape Town clash with the current league champions in their opening game of the 2022-23 season. Both teams have drawn back-to-back meetings. Will there be a winner in this match?
Mduduzi Mdantsane was the team’s top scorer with nine goals.
Mduduzi Mdantsane was the team’s top scorer with nine goals.
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

Cape Town City will face Mamelodi Sundowns in Round 1 of the 2022-23 South African Premier Division.

The match is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. GMT on Friday, 5 August 2022. The match venue is Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa.

Latest odds on betting sites

Cape Town City to win odds are priced at 3.80 (+280 American; 14/5 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 3.00 (+200; 2/1), while the Mamelodi Sundowns to win odds are priced at 2.08 (+108; 27/25).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Cape Town City — 25%, draw — 30%, Mamelodi Sundowns — 45%.

Latest betting odds on Cape Town City vs Mamelodi Sundowns (5 August 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.58 (-172; 25/43)
  • Asian handicap (+0.25) on Cape Town City — 1.98 (-102; 50/51)
  • Asian handicap (-0.25) on Mamelodi Sundowns — 1.71 (-140; 5/7)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.06 (+106; 53/50)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.71 (-140; 5/7)

Match preview and statistics

Cape Town City will start off the 2022-23 Premier Division against the champions of the 2021-22 season. The Blue and Gold army came second last season with 49 points from 12 wins, 13 draws and five losses. They scored 32 goals and conceded 24 goals having a goal difference of +8.

City FC conceded the joint third least goals in the league last season, only two teams conceded fewer goals than them. The attack needs to be improved this coming season. Due to their position in the tables, they qualified for the CAF Champions League group stage.

If the Citizens are going to charge for the Premier League title this season, there has to be a drastic change all around. The team has to score more goals, get more wins and try to perform at a high level.

This game should be interesting, seeing it’s the first match of the season. Let’s see what Eric Tinkler’s men will deliver for us.

Team news: No player is injured or suspended for the match.

The Mamelodi Sundowns are the current champions of the South African Premier League. This is their fifth league title win in a row, and they have it 12 times overall. Earlier in the season, Mamelodi won the MTN8 CUP. They won the 2021-22 league title by a landslide.

The Sundowns finished with 65 points, 16 points more than the second place, from 19 wins, eight draws and just three losses. They scored the most goals (56) in the league and conceded the least goal (20), finishing with a +36 goal difference.

Last season, the Pretoria club went on a 10-game run without conceding a single goal. Also, conceding fewer goals at the end of the season shows their defensive prowess. As the popular saying goes, defence wins you trophies.

Can’t wait to watch Manqoba Mngqithi’s team this season with the excitement their game-play brings. They are current favourites to win the league title this season. Starting off the 2022-23 season, the Sundowns will face one of their league rivals.

Team news: No player is injured or suspended for this match.

Cape Town City vs Mamelodi Sundowns H2H

There have been a total of 16 games between both teams. Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns have six wins each, with four draws. The last two meetings have ended in goalless draws.

Lineups and key players

Cape Town City Projected starting lineup:

  • Hugo Marques
  • Thamsanqa Mkhize
  • Abbubaker Mobara
  • Idumba Fasika
  • Terrence Mashego
  • Thato Mokeke
  • Fagrie Lakay
  • Mpho Makola
  • Mduduzi Mdantsane
  • Amethyst Bradley Ralani
  • Tashreeq Morris

Mduduzi Mdantsane is the key player to watch out for. He was the team’s top scorer with nine goals. Mdantsane needs to pick up his scoring boots for this match. A win for the team will be an impressive start to their season.

Mamelodi Sundowns projected starting lineup:

  • Kennedy Mweene
  • Thapelo Morena
  • Mosa Lebusa
  • Rushine De Reuck
  • Grant Kekana
  • Lyle Lakay
  • Andile Jali
  • Sibusiso Vilakazi
  • Neo Maema
  • Thabiso Kutumela
  • Peter Shalulile

Peter Shalulile is the key player to watch out for. He had an incredible performance last season in terms of goal contributions and won the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot. Shalulile will want to get on the scoresheet in the opening game. He’s yearning for better goal involvement in the 2022-23 season.

Prediction and betting tips

This is the first game of the 2022-23 season. Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns will launch the season with their game on Friday evening. Predictions for this match are HT/FT — Draw/Mamelodi Sundowns, and under 2.5 goals. It’s the start of a new season, and both teams might not be in their best shape for this match.

They have gone goalless in their previous two meetings. The Sundowns have higher chances of winning this game, the match might have a slow start, but the visitors should be able to win.

Betting prediction: HT/FT — X/2
Odds: 4.30 (+330 American; 33/10 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Under 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.58 (-172 American; 25/43 Fractional)

Cape Town City — Mamelodi Sundowns
HT/FT — X/2
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