Traditional rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are substantially off the pace, not coping well under pressure and in varying states of flux.
Sundowns' devastating performance suggests that there will be a lot of excitement ahead.
The team offer their opponents much more midfield space, a chance to dominate them in the centre of the field and a defence that has looked rickety.
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Mamelodi Sundowns have imploded, opening the door for two other clubs to bump them out of second place.
Kaizer Chiefs have been crowned 2014/2015 Premier Soccer League champions after beating Polokwane City 4-1 at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday.
Tactically Sundowns were outsmarted by Clinton Larsen, the Celtic coach who had travelled to Mbombela in the last week to spy on the opposition.
After tepid home displays South Africa's three representatives are likely to bow out of Africa.
With Kaizer Chiefs back to winning ways in the league and Pirates floundering in their wake, this weekend's Soweto derby has lost its edge.
The Mamelodi Sundowns coach is confident his club can bypass Chiefs for the PSL title, as they did last season.
For the Premier Soccer League's top contenders form is key and they'll rely on their star players.
PSL heavyweights Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United go on an all-out spending spree to acquire new full-strength lines-ups.
AmaZulu's Wilfred Mugeyi, Moroka Swallows's Fani Madida and Chippa United's Roger Sikhakhane have to prove their mettle as caretaker coaches.
Quarterfinalists stumbled in midweek PSL games, but they could have held back for Telkom tournament.
There are signs of improvement but a lack of ambition and dedication is still prevalent.
Mamelodi Sundowns have come back from a mauling by Orlando Pirates to beat AmaZulu 2-0 in their bid to defend their title.