Maritzburg welcome in-form Baroka

Maritzburg welcome in-form Baroka
Evans Rusike of Maritzburg United challenged by Issa Sarr of Orlando Pirates during the 2017 Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Orlando Pirates and Maritzburg United at the Orlando Stadium, South Africa on 11 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Apr 14, 2017. 10:30

Maritzburg United will welcome in-form Baroka FC for an Absa Premiership clash at Harry Gwala Stadium on 14 April 2017, kick-off at 17h00.

Maritzburg suffered a third loss from their last four league matches when they were beaten 2-0 at Orlando Pirates on April 11.

The KwaZulu-Natal club has claimed 14 points from 11 home matches this season.

The Team of Choice is placed eighth on the Absa Premiership log with 26 points from 23 matches.

Baroka claimed a second successive win, and extended their unbeaten league run to four matches, with a 2-1 home victory against Free State Stars on April 11.

The Limpopo side has claimed 11 points from 10 away matches this season.

Bakgaga are placed 15th on the Absa Premiership log with 21 points from 23 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Maritzburg and Baroka have met in just one previous top flight league match.

That encounter took place earlier this season, with the Team of Choice claiming a 1-0 away win in Polokwane.

Maritzburg’s line-up from their 2-0 loss to Pirates: Vries, Fransman, Weidlich, Mngonyama, Onyango, Saal (Lentjies 45'), Mekoa, Ndlovu, Maboe, Fileccia (Moyo 63'), Rusike (Shabalala 85').

Baroka’s line-up from their 2-1 win over Stars: Masuluke, Mapetho, Matloga (Garcia 80'), Shaku, Madubanya, Mahashe, Letsoalo (Munetsi 51), Masenamela, Zikalala, Kunene (Chauke 90'), Matlakala.

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