Crunch relegation battle for Celtic, Highlands

Crunch relegation battle for Celtic, Highlands
Wandisile Letlabika of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Dr Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein on 12 April 2017 © Gerhard Steenkamp/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Apr 24, 2017. 08:00

Bloemfontein Celtic and Highlands Park will meet for an Absa Premiership relegation six-pointer at the Dr Molemela Stadium on 25 April 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Celtic suffered their 10th defeat of the league season when they went down 2-0 at home to Kaizer Chiefs on April 12.

The Bloemfontein side has claimed nine points from 12 home matches this season.

Phunya Sele Sele are placed 13th on the Absa Premiership log with 23 points from as many matches.

Highlands saw their winless streak extended to three league matches after they were held 0-0 at home by Orlando Pirates on April 15.

The Tembisa-based side has claimed six points from 12 away matches this season.

The Lions of the North are placed 15th on the Absa Premiership log with 21 points from 24 matches.

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

That encounter took place earlier this season, with the teams playing to a 1-1 draw in Tembisa.

Celtic’s line-up from their 2-0 loss to Chiefs: Tignyemb, Nyatama, Rikhotso (Mvula 82'), Ndengane, Lakay, Dube, Letlabika, Mxoyana, Hotto (Mahlasela 67') Phalane, Mabasa (Abdul 55').

Highlands’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Pirates: Kapini, Nhlapo, Ngalo, Mvala, Oluwafemi, Mbatha (Zwane 73’), Khuboni, Katjiukua, Cale, Moriri (Koena 90+2’), Shalulile (Fikru 76’).

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