Wits target first league win of the season

Wits target first league win of the season
Sibusiso Sibeko of Golden Arrows challenged by Reeve Frosler of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Bidvest Wits and Golden Arrows at Bidvest Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on the 11 April 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 17:09

Bidvest Wits will target a first Absa Premiership win of the season when they host Golden Arrows at Bidvest Stadium on 13 September 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Wits’ title defence has got off to a painfully slow start, with a surprise 1-0 loss at home to Cape Town City on the opening weekend followed by a midweek 2-2 draw away to Free State Stars - very much coach Gavin Hunt’s ‘bogey’ side.

The Clever Boys will not be panicking at having claimed just one point from their opening two matches, but Hunt will emphasise the importance of victory in this home clash and hope that it sparks some momentum for the Johannesburg club.

Arrows have also struggled to get going in the league season, playing to successive 1-1 draws against Ajax Cape Town (away) and Bloemfontein Celtic (home).

Coach Clinton Larsen will want to see more fire from his Abafana Bes’thende side - though not as much as when the teams met in the MTN8 a few weeks back, and both he and counterpart Gavin Hunt were on the receiving end of six red cards dished out.

In head-to-head stats, Wits and Arrows have met in 28 league matches since 2001/02. The Johannesburg side has claimed 17 wins compared to four for their Durban counterparts, while seven matches have been drawn. The Clever Boys have a great home record in the league against Abafana Bes’thende, with 10 wins and just one defeat from 14 matches as hosts.

Wits took four points off Arrows last season, drawing 0-0 in Durban before claiming a 3-0 home win in the return thanks to a penalty from Frank Mhango and a brace of Mogakolodi Ngele goals. The Clever Boys are unbeaten in their last 15 league matches against Abafana Bes’thende.

Wits’ line-up from their 2-2 draw with Stars: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Khumalo, Monare, Rodgers (Keene 79’), Hlanti, Claasen, Mhango, Kodisang, Frosler, Ntshangase (Pienaar 62’).

Arrows’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Celtic: Gumede, Mzava, Bilankulu, Mngwengwe, Nonyane (Nkombelo 37'), Dlamini, Mahachi, Cele, Jooste (Mutizwa 76'), Magubane (Sibiya 63'), Lamola.

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