Mamelodi Sundowns return to Absa Premiership action tonight and have travelled to Port Elizabeth to face a tricky opposition in Chippa United.
Kick-off is at 7.30pm at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, and coach Pitso Mosimane will look to continue where the Brazilians left off in their opener against their Tshwane rivals SuperSport United following a 2-0 victory.
Downs are still licking their wounds somewhat having returned from Congo-Brazzaville at the weekend after their CAF Champions League preliminary round clash away to AS Otoho, where they were beaten 2-1 and captain Hlompho Kekana was sent off.
While disappointed to have suffered defeat, what will boost Sundowns ahead of the return leg next week is the crucial away goal scored by Thapelo Morena.
But Mosimane will have to park the focus on that game for now and try to get the job done against Chippa, who often play thrilling football and are looking for their first win of the new season after a goalless draw against rookies Stellenbosch FC in their opening match.
Downs faced the Chilli Boys three times last season – twice in the Absa Premiership as well as the opening round of the Nedbank Cup.
In the first encounter, the Brazilians were narrow 1-0 winners at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in October last year and completed the double in April when Chippa visited Loftus Versfeld, a five-goal thriller Downs edged 3-2 to get a tighter grip on the title.
But coach Clinton Larsen’s men got one over us in the Nedbank Cup to win 2-1 in a highly entertaining fixtures in PE.