Celtic desperate for a win against Bucs

Celtic desperate for a win against Bucs
Vusi Shikweni of Bloemfontein Celtic challenged by Patrick Phungwayo of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on the 20 December 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday May 09, 2017. 09:30

Bloemfontein Celtic will look to continue their fight against relegation from the Absa Premiership when they host Orlando Pirates at Dr Molemela Stadium on 10 May 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Celtic played to a third successive draw in the league when they held SuperSport United 0-0 away on May 3.

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

Phunya Sele Sele are placed 12th on the Absa Premiership log with 26 points from as many matches.

Pirates suffered a second successive league defeat when they were beaten 2-0 at home by Mamelodi Sundowns on May 7.

The Soweto side has claimed 12 points from 13 away matches this season.

The Buccaneers are placed 10th on the Absa Premiership log with 31 points from 27 matches.

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

The Buccaneers have 29 wins compared to 14 for Phunya Sele Sele, while 14 matches have been drawn.

Celtic have won 10 of their 28 home league matches against Pirates, suffering 10 defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, Phunya Sele Sele claimed a 2-1 away win in Soweto.

Pirates have not won away to Celtic in the league since 2007/08.

Celtic’s line-up from their 0-0 draw with SuperSport: Tignyemb, Dube, Ndengane, Rikhotso, Hotto, Lakay, Phalane, Maruping, Abdul-Razak, Nyatama, Dlamini (Wana 82’).

Pirates’ line-up from their 2-0 loss to Sundowns: Mabokgwane, Jele, Gcaba, Phungwayo., Sarr, Qalinge (Makola 60'), Manyisa, Gabuza (Ndoro 76'), Mobara (Wome 59'), Matlaba, Rakhale.

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