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Mamelodi Sundowns players warming up during the 2020 Nedbank Cup Semifinals match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits at the Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on the 08 August 2020 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

After five months absent, league football returns to South Africa with the resumption of the 2019-20 Absa Premiership season this week.The country has already witnessed the Nedbank Cup semifinals this past weekend, with Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic advancing at the rate of Bidvest Wits and Baroka FC respectively, but it is the exciting league race which will genuinely capture the imagination.

All matches will be performed in the back of closed doors and within a Biologically Safe Environment (BSE) in Gauteng to ensure health and hygiene protocols are maintained at all times.Reigning champions Sundowns will get the ball rolling with a clash against Orlando Pirates at Dobsonville Stadium on the nighttime of Tuesday 11 August. It’s a crunch match for the Brazilians, who are four points adrift of leaders Kaizer Chiefs but hold a recreation in hand, and will have some mileage in their legs after enjoying in the cup on the weekend.

“I told the guys if they suppose this is stress, the serious stress is coming on Tuesday,” stated ‘Downs supervisor Pitso Mosimane, who would love to see his facet overtake Chiefs and get one over his counterpart Ernst Middendorp.Chiefs will have an instant hazard to reply to Sundowns on Wednesday when they host Bidvest Wits at Orlando Stadium, though their build-up has been clouded really by way of rumours that Middendorp will depart the club at the end of the marketing campaign – regardless of whether the title is received or not.From Friday 14 to Sunday sixteen August is the first full round of the restart, with title contenders Sundowns and Chiefs away to Highlands Park and Polokwane City respectively.The Amakhosi’s conflict in opposition to Polokwane should also have seismic results on a relegation conflict which sees the backside 4 separated through simply three points.

The key conflict in this regard sees AmaZulu host Baroka in a relegation six-pointer at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday, while Sunday elements bottom-of-the-log Black Leopards hosting Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium in a must-win clash.

Absa Premiership fixtures, 11-16 August

Tuesday 11 August

Mamelodi Sundowns v Orlando Pirates

Wednesday 12 August

Kaizer Chiefs v Bidvest Wits

Friday 14 August

Chippa United v Cape Town City

Highlands Park v Mamelodi Sundowns

Saturday 15 August

AmaZulu v Baroka FC

Stellenbosch v Golden Arrows

Polokwane City v Kaizer Chiefs

Orlando Pirates v Bidvest Wits

Sunday 16 August

Black Leopards v Maritzburg United

SuperSport United v Bloemfontein Celtic

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