Mohau Mokate of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Supersport United and Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 22 February 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Friday Feb 24, 2017. 09:31
Maritzburg United will look to avoid a hat-trick of Absa Premiership defeats when they host Free State Stars at Harry Gwala Stadium on 25 February 2017, kick-off at 15h30.
Maritzburg suffered a second successive league loss when they were beaten 4-1 at SuperSport United on February 22.
The KwaZulu-Natal side has claimed eight points from nine home matches this season.
The Team of Choice is placed ninth on the Absa Premiership log with 20 points from 18 matches.
Stars have picked up seven points from the last nine available after defeating Golden Arrows 1-0 away on February 18.
The Free State side has claimed five points from nine away matches this season.
Ea Lla Koto are placed 13th on the Absa Premiership log with 18 points from as many matches.
In head-to-head stats, Maritzburg and Stars have met in 19 league matches since 2005/06.
Ea Lla Koto have seven wins compared to two for the Team of Choice, while 10 matches have been drawn.
Maritzburg have won just one of their nine home league matches against Stars, suffering three defeats in the process.
When the teams met earlier this season, they played to a 1-1 draw in the Free State.
The teams’ 19 league meetings have produced a total of 42 goals.
Maritzburg’s line-up from their 4-1 loss to SuperSport: Vries, Wiedlich (Ndlovu 82’), Fransman, Mngonyama, Shabalala, Maboe (Rusike 69’), Shandu, Moyo, Mekoa, Lentjies (Dlamini 87’), Mokate.
Stars’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Arrows: Mafoumbi, Mashego, Teyise, Tlhone, Mahamutsa, Venter, Vilakazi (Kerspuy 65'), Makhaula, Potsane (Sekola 46'), Jantjie, Anas.