Wits look to bounce back against struggling Celtic

Wits look to bounce back against struggling Celtic
Ben Motshwari of Bidvest Wits and Deon Hotto of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Bidvest Wits on 29 October 2016 at Dr Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein ©Frikkie Kapp /BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Mar 03, 2017. 09:59

Bidvest Wits will look to bounce back to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at Bidvest Stadium on 3 March 2017, kick-off at 20h00.

Wits suffered their first league defeat of 2017 when they were beaten 2-0 at Mamelodi Sundowns on February 25.

The Johannesburg side has claimed 16 points from seven home matches this season.

The Clever Boys are placed third on the Absa Premiership log with 34 points from 17 matches.

Celtic suffered a third loss in their last four league matches when they were beaten 3-0 at home by Platinum Stars on February 25.

The Bloemfontein side has claimed 10 points from eight away matches this season.

Phunya Sele Sele are placed 13th on the Absa Premiership log with 18 points from as many matches.

In head-to-head stats, Celtic and Wits have met in 54 league matches since 1985.

The Clever Boys have claimed 22 wins compared to 17 for Phunya Sele Sele, while 15 matches have been drawn.

Wits have won 14 of their 27 home league matches against Celtic, suffering five defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, the Clever Boys claimed a 2-1 away win in Bloemfontein.

The teams’ last six league meetings have produced just nine goals.

Wits’ line-up from their 2-0 loss to Sundowns: Keet, Allie, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Hlanti, Pelembe, Monare, Scott, Klate (Uzoenyi 61’), Mhango (Mahlambi 60’), Keene (Malajila 80’).

Celtic’s line-up from their 3-0 loss to Stars: Tignyemb, Mahlasela, Letlabika, Ndengane, Mxoyana, Dube, Phalane (Masuku 81’), Shikweni (Abdul Razak 57’), Hotto, Nyatama, Zuma.

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