Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Onismor Bhasera of Supersport United during the 2017 Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United at the Loftus Stadium, South Africa on 13 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Sunday Apr 16, 2017. 12:32
Free State Stars will hope to topple Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns when the teams meet at James Motlatsi Stadium on 16 April 2017, kick-off at 15h00.
Stars suffered their 11th league defeat of the season when they were beaten 2-1 at Baroka FC on April 11.
The Free State side has claimed 16 points from 11 home matches this season.
Ea Lla Koto are placed 14th on the Absa Premiership log with 22 points from 23 matches.
Sundowns returned to winning form in the league with a 5-0 home win over derby rivals SuperSport United on April 13.
The Tshwane side has claimed 14 points from nine away matches this season.
The Brazilians are placed fourth on the Absa Premiership log with 38 points from 20 matches.
In head-to-head stats, Sundowns and Stars have met in 54 league matches since 1986.
The Brazilians have claimed 27 wins compared to 10 for Ea Lla Koto, while 17 matches have been drawn.
Stars have won seven of their 26 home league matches against Sundowns, suffering 10 defeats in the process.
When the teams met earlier this season, the Brazilians claimed an emphatic 4-1 home win in Tshwane.
Sundowns have won 10 of their last 11 league matches against Stars, while Billiat has scored in five successive matches against the Free State side.
Stars’ line-up from their 2-1 loss to Baroka: Ngobeni, Mbhele, Thlone, Teyise, Mahamutsa, Vilakazi, Jantjie, Dlamini, Masehe, Sekola, Anas (Maphakisa 82').
Sundowns’ line-up from their 5-0 win over SuperSport: Onyango, Nascimento (Nthethe 46'), Madisha, Morena, Langerman, Mohomi, Kekana, Mashaba (Laffor 69'), Zwane, Billiat, Tau (Castro 79').