Collins Mbesuma of Black Aces evades challenge from Travis Graham of Ajax Cape Town during the Absa Premiership 2015/16 football match between Ajax Cape Town and Black Aces at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 10 February 2016 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Thursday May 19, 2016. 10:20
Black Aces will be looking to secure a top-four finish in the Absa Premiership when they host Free State Stars at Mbombela Stadium on 21 May 2016, kick-off at 15h00.
Aces played to a third successive draw in the league when they were held 0-0 away to SuperSport United on May 11.
The Mpumalanga side has claimed 24 points from 14 home matches this season.
AmaZayoni are placed fifth on the Absa Premiership log with 44 points from 29 matches. They will finish in the top four if they win and fourth-placed Kaizer Chiefs lose against Chippa United.
Stars have gone seven league matches without a win after being held 2-2 at home by Kaizer Chiefs on May 11.
The Free State side has claimed 14 points from as many away matches this season.
Ea Lla Koto are placed 11th on the Absa Premiership log with 35 points from 29 matches. The highest they can finish on the log is 10th, which would see them leapfrog their local rivals Bloemfontein Celtic.
In head-to-head stats, Stars and Aces have met in 32 league matches since 1986.
Ea Lla Koto have claimed 11 wins compared to eight for AmaZayoni, while 13 matches have been drawn.
Aces have won three of their 15 home league matches against Stars, suffering six defeats in the process.
When the teams met earlier this season, AmaZayoni claimed a 1-0 away win in the Free State.
The Free State side has not claimed a league victory against their Mpumalanga counterparts since the first half of the 2010/11 season.
Aces’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with SuperSport: Walters, Kobola, Hendricks, Modiba, Ngalo, Masina, Nodada (Moon 41’), Matsi, Ngoma (Moseamedi 57’), Mbatha, Mbesuma.
Stars’ line-up from their 2-2 draw with Chiefs: Diakite, Mobbie, Da Costa, Sankara, Rakoti (Nkausu 60'), Thethani, Vilakazi, Gopane, Tshabangu, Mothiba (Masana 90+6'), Ngcobo (Somaeb 67').