Ajax chase first win of 2017

Ajax chase first win of 2017
Travis Graham of Ajax Cape Town

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Mar 17, 2017. 11:48

Ajax Cape Town will look for their first Absa Premiership win of the year when they host Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium on 17 March 2017, kick-off at 20h00.

Ajax played to a third successive draw in the league when they were held 0-0 at SuperSport United on March 4.

The Cape Town side has claimed 11 points from 10 home matches this season.

The Urban Warriors are placed 12th on the Absa Premiership log with 21 points from 20 matches.

Stars suffered a second successive loss (and their 10th overall this season) when they were beaten 1-0 at home by Highlands Park on March 5.

The Free State side has claimed five points from 10 away matches this season.

Ea Lla Koto are placed 14th on the Absa Premiership log with 18 points from 20 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Ajax and Stars have met in 27 league matches since 1999/2000.

Ea Lla Koto have 13 wins compared to seven for the Urban Warriors, while seven matches have been drawn.

Ajax have won seven of their 13 home league matches against Stars, suffering three defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season they played out a 1-1 draw in the Free State.

There has not been an away win in this fixture since Stars claimed a 2-0 victory in Cape Town in the first half of the 2001/02 season.

Ajax’s line-up from their 0-0 draw with SuperSport: February, Sasman, Pietersen, Coetzee, Evans, Mdabuka, Kabwe (Chipeta 90+4'), Mosadi, Mzwakali (Graham 75'), Mayambela (Morris 89'), Paulse.

Stars’ line-up from their 1-0 loss to Highlands: Mafoumbi, Mashego (Mbhele 56’), Teyise, Mahamutsa, Thlone, Jantjie, Masehe, Makhaula, Venter (Ntuli 81’), Potsane (Dlamini 54’), Anas.

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