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Sundowns will aim to extend their lead at the summit when they visit high-flying Ajax Cape Town on Saturday.

The Brazilians, who drew 1-1 against Wits in midweek, are four points ahead of rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, with the Soweto titans facing off at the weekend.

Downs goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands expects his team’s title credentials to be tested at Newlands Stadium.

“It will be very tough,” he told Backpage TXT.

“They will approach trying to beat us because, number one, everyone wants to beat Sundowns, and number two, because of their league ambitions.”

The ex-Platinum Stars man has identified playmaker Khama Billiat and former Downs defender Matthew Booth as potential dangermen for the hosts.

Sandilands said: “Of course he [Billiant] will be one to watch because he scored against us last time but Ajax are filled with dangerous players. They are a young squad and they are energetic and can score goals from everywhere.

“He [Booth] is a good, experienced defender who is a threat on set pieces and I think he will be highly motivated, especially after the way he left the club. I don’t think he has anything to prove but he will put in a good show.

“We will have to attack well and defend just the same. There is no illusion that we will have to play a complete solid game in order to win,” he concluded.

Ajax, meanwhile, will seek to bounce back from their Nedbank Cup elimination on Tuesday night. The coastal outfit lost 4-3 (AET 3-3) on penalties to AmaZulu – much to coach Maarten Stekelenburg’s obvious disappointment.

“We are disappointed at having to return to Cape Town without a win, but the only way for our players to banish the memory of the (Nedbank Cup) game is for them to play again as soon as possible and to get a positive a result in the process,” he told his club’s official website.

“Our players need no motivation, we believe that they can win this game and their hunger will pull the team through,” added the Dutchman.

Stekelenburg’s men drew 1-1 with neighbours Santos in their previous league test, placing them sixth points behind Downs, but with a game in hand.

In team news, Downs’ Method Mwanjali and Ajax’s Thulani Hlatshwayo miss out through suspension.

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