Sundowns look for return to winning form

Sundowns look for return to winning form
Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns and Vusi Shikweni of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Mamelodi Sundowns on 8 February 2017 at Dr Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein ©Frikkie Kapp /BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Apr 04, 2017. 12:30

Mamelodi Sundowns will look to return to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 5 April 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Sundowns have gone four matches without a win after losing 2-1 at Kaizer Chiefs on April 1.

The Tshwane side has claimed 20 points from nine home matches this season.

The Brazilians are placed fifth on the Absa Premiership log with 34 points from 18 matches.

Celtic claimed their first away league win of 2017 when they defeated Polokwane City 1-0 on April 2.

The Bloemfontein side has claimed 13 points from 10 away matches this season.

Phunya Sele Sele are placed 12th on the Absa Premiership log with 22 points from 21 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Celtic and Sundowns have met in 57 league matches since 1985.

The Brazilians have 29 wins compared to 13 for Phunya Sele Sele, while 15 matches have been drawn.

Sundowns have won 15 of their 28 home matches against Celtic, suffering six defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, the Brazilians claimed a 1-0 away win in Bloemfontein.

Celtic have won their last two away league matches against Sundowns by a combined score of 8-1.

Sundowns’ line-up from their 2-1 loss to Chiefs: Mweene, Morena, Soumahoro, Nascimento, Hachi (Langerman 64’), Laffor (Zakri 70’), Kekana, Mabunda (Castro 84’), T. Zwane, Billiat, Tau.

Celtic’s line-up from their 1-0 win over Polokwane: Tignyemb, Dube, Letlabika, Mxoyana, Ndengane, Mahlasela (Nyatama 64'), Rikhotso, Lakay, Hotto (Zuma 78'), Phalane, Mabaso (Nyondo 86').

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