Stars, Chippa in crunch clash

Stars, Chippa in crunch clash
Teboho Mokoena of Supersport United and Andile Mbenyane of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Chippa United and Supersport United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 17 May 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday May 26, 2017. 09:58

Free State Stars and Chippa United will meet in a potential Absa Premiership relegation decider at Goble Park Stadium on 27 May 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

Stars played to their ninth draw of the season when they were held 0-0 at Bloemfontein Celtic on May 17.

The Free State side has claimed 19 points from 15 home matches this season.

Ea Lla Koto are placed 14th on the Absa Premiership log with 27 points from 29 matches.

Chippa claimed their first league win since February when they defeated SuperSport United 3-0 at home on May 17.

The Eastern Cape side has claimed six points from 14 away matches this season.

The Chilli Boys are placed 13th on the Absa Premiership log with 27 points from 29 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Stars and Chippa have met in seven league matches since the 2012/13 season.

Ea Lla Koto have claimed four wins compared to three for the Chilli Boys, while zero matches have been drawn.

Stars have won all three of their home league matches against Chippa.

When the teams met earlier this season, the Chilli Boys claimed a 2-1 home win in Port Elizabeth.

The hosts have emerged victorious in the past six successive league meetings of these teams.

Stars’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Celtic: Ngobeni, Mashego, Teyise, Mahamutsa, Mbhele, Dlamini, Masehe, Makhaula, Jantjie, Sekotlong, Anas.

Chippa’s line-up from their 3-0 win over SuperSport: Akpeyi, Chabalala, Mvelase, Thopola, Mako, Zuke, Mdaki (Ngubane 64'), Masuku (86 D.Zulu), Mbenyane, Mbokoma, Mashego (R.Manzini 63').

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