Celtic look to build momentum

Celtic look to build momentum
Deon Hotto of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Free State Stadium on 20 August 2017 © Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 10:45

Bloemfontein Celtic will look to build momentum in their Absa Premiership campaign when they host Baroka FC at the Free State Stadium on 20 September 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Celtic claimed their first win of the 2017/18 season - and extended their unbeaten run to three matches - with a 2-1 triumph away to Polokwane City on September 12. A brace from Ndumiso Mabena secured all three points for the Bloemfontein side, who will hope it was just the start of good things to come.

Phunya Sele Sele and coach Veselin Jelusic will aim for a more convincing home performance this time around, having been held 1-1 by Kaizer Chiefs in their only previous turn as hosts so far in the new campaign.

Baroka, meanwhile, claimed a 1-0 home win over Free State Stars on September 16. The Limpopo side is unbeaten so far this season and enter this set of midweek games as co-leaders of the log standings with eight points.

Bakgaga’s two away matches so far this season have brought them four points: a goalless draw at Polokwane City and an impressive 3-1 win at Chippa United last midweek. Coach Kgoloko Thobejane will look for another positive result on the road.

In head-to-head stats, Celtic and Baroka have met in just two previous league matches. Both of those encounters took place last season, with Phunya Sele Sele winning 2-1 in Bloemfontein, while the return game in Polokwane ended in a 1-1 draw.

Baroka’s line-up from their 1-0 win over Stars on September 16: Vries, Kgoetyane, Shaku, Banda, Mothupa, Moeti, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Chawapiwa (Ngalande 53'), Ntshangase (Motupa 55'), Nguzana (Kgaswane 67').

Celtic’s line-up from their 2-1 win over Polokwane on September 12: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena, Letsoalo (Nyundu 64'), Lubisi, Baloyi, Hotto, Phalane, Motshegwa.

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