Ndumiso Mabena of Platinum Stars challenged by Menzi Masuku of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa on May 02, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Friday Dec 16, 2016. 09:46
Platinum Stars and Maritzburg United will both be looking to build winning momentum in the Absa Premiership when they meet at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on 17 December 2016, kick-off at 15h30.
Stars snapped a four-game losing streak in the league when they defeated Cape Town City 4-0 on December 13.
The Rustenburg side has claimed three points from six home matches this season.
Dikwena are placed 11th on the Absa Premiership log with 12 points from as many matches.
Maritzburg claimed a second successive win when they defeated Orlando Pirates 2-1 at home on December 13.
The KwaZulu-Natal side has claimed 10 points from six away matches this season.
The Team of Choice is placed eighth on the Absa Premiership log with 17 points from 13 matches.
In head-to-head stats, Stars and Maritzburg have met in 20 league matches since 2005/06.
Dikwena have 10 wins compared to five for the Team of Choice, while five matches have been drawn.
Stars have won five of their 10 home league matches against Maritzburg, suffering two defeats in the process.
Last season the teams played to 1-1 draws in both Rustenburg and Pietermaritzburg.
Maritzburg are unbeaten in their last four league matches against Stars.
Stars’ line-up from their 4-0 win over City: Mzimela, Mnguni (Mabule 81’), Nhlapo, Sithole, Mpeta, Mathe, Mere, Mabena, Ng’ambi, Tshabalala (Lesabane 90+2’), Shilongo (Ntuli 71’).
Maritzburg’s line-up from their 2-1 win over Pirates: Mpandle, Fransman, Onyango, Mokate (Saal 77'), Wieldiech, Mekoa, Mngonyama, Lentjies (Shabalala 92') Maboe, Van Wyk, Rusike (Moyo 65').