Polokwane out to break long run of draws

Polokwane out to break long run of draws
Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns challenges Jabulani Maluleke of Polokwane City during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Polokwane City on the 14 March 2017 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Mar 31, 2017. 02:28

Polokwane City will look to break a long run of draws in the Absa Premiership when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium on 2 April 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

Polokwane played to a sixth successive draw in the league when they held Mamelodi Sundowns 0-0 in Tshwane on March 14.

The Limpopo side has claimed 14 points from nine home matches this season.

Rise and Shine are placed sixth on the Absa Premiership log with 27 points from 21 matches.

Celtic broke their losing streak in the league by recording a goalless draw at home to Cape Town City on March 18.

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

Phunya Sele Sele are placed 14th on the Absa Premiership log with 19 points from 20 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Polokwane and Celtic have met in seven league matches since the former was first promoted to the top flight in 2013.

Phunya Sele Sele have claimed three wins compared to two for Rise and Shine, while the teams have played out two draws.

City have won two of their three home league matches against Celtic, suffering one defeat in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season they played out a goalless draw in Bloemfontein.

The teams’ seven league meetings have produced a total of 24 goals.

Polokwane’s line-up from their 0-0 draw with Sundowns: Chigova, Semenya, Klaas, Tshilo, Mbonani, Phiri, Ndou (Jembula 49'), Manaka, Mngomezulu (Segolela 82'), Maluleke, Musona (Kanyenda 72'.

Celtic’s line-up from their 0-0 draw with CTC: Tignyemb, Dube, Mxoyana, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Maruping, Phalane, Lakay, Hotto (Zuma 75'), Mvula (Mabaso 61'), Mahlasela (Nyatama 79').

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