Aces look to trump Wits

Aces look to trump Wits
Bongolethu Jayiya of Mpumalanga Black Aces and Dillon Sheppard of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership Football match between Bidvest Wits and Mpumalanga Black Aces on May 2, 2015 ©Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix

by BackPageTXT

Monday May 02, 2016. 12:07

Black Aces will target a first home win in the Absa Premiership since January when they host Bidvest Wits at Mbombela Stadium on 3 May 2016, kick-off at 19h30.

Aces have won just one of their last 11 league matches and were held 0-0 away to Polokwane City on April 30.

The Mpumalanga side has claimed 23 points from 13 home matches this season.

AmaZayoni are placed fifth on the Absa Premiership log with 42 points from 27 matches.

Wits extended their unbeaten run in the league to eight matches with a 1-1 draw at home to Chippa United on April 30.

The Johannesburg side has claimed 28 points from 13 away matches this season.

The Clever Boys are placed second on the Absa Premiership log with 56 points from 27 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Wits and Aces have met in 34 league matches since 1985.

The Clever Boys have 17 wins compared to four for Amazayoni, while 13 matches have been drawn.

Aces have won just two of their 17 home league matches against Wits, suffering seven defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, a brace from Mbesuma took AmaZayoni to a 2-1 away win in Johannesburg.

Aces’ 2-1 win earlier this season was just their second league victory over Wits in the PSL era (1996/97 onwards).

Aces’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Polokwane: Mabokgwane, Nodada, Kobola, Hendricks, Ngalo, Jayiya (Mbatha 60’), Modiba, Matsi, Ngoma, Moseamedi (Akosah-Bempah 80’), Mbesuma (Moon 90’).

Wits’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Chippa: Josephs, Allie, Mkhwanazi, Khumalo, Hlanti, Pelembe, Ntshangase, Faty (Motshwari 34’), Klate (Sheppard 90+1’), Vilakazi, Botes (Lupeta 46’).

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