Winless Stars welcome Sundowns

Winless Stars welcome Sundowns
Mamelodi Sundowns celebrating their goal during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Free State Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns at Goble Park, Bethlehem on 11 September 2017 © Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 11:00

Platinum Stars will look for their first Absa Premiership win of the season when they host Mamelodi Sundowns at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on 1 October 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

Stars racked up a sixth successive match without a victory after they held AmaZulu 1-1 in Durban on September 23. The Rustenburg side claimed a first-half lead through Thabang Sesinyi, but they conceded an equaliser to miss out on their first full haul of points.

Dikwena have recorded one draw and two losses at home thus far in the 2017/18 campaign. Most worrying for coach Roger de Sa, they have yet to even score a single goal. That statistic will need to change if they are to have a chance of a positive result against ‘Downs.

Sundowns have not been in league action since September 11 when they defeated Free State Stars 2-1 away from home in their third match of the campaign. That the Tshwane side has fallen behind in the schedule is due to their participation in the CAF Champions League.

Coach Pitso Mosimane will hope his Brazilians keep up their 100 percent away record in the league, having already beaten SuperSport United and Ea Lla Koto in their own back yards thus far in the 2017/18 season.

In head-to-head stats, Stars and Sundowns have met in 28 league matches since 2003/04. The Brazilians have claimed 11 wins compared to six for Dikwena, while 11 matches have finished in draws. The Rustenburg side has claimed just two wins and suffered seven defeats in their 14 turns as host in this rivalry.

Last season ‘Downs took four points off Stars, winning 2-1 in Rustenburg in the first half of the campaign before playing out a 2-2 draw in the return game in Tshwane. The teams have played to five draws in their last nine matches, while Dikwena’s last win over the Brazilians was in the first half of the 2012/13 campaign.

Stars’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with AmaZulu on September 23: Mzimela, De Jongh, Mwedihanga, Mlilo, Zulu, Mkhabela, Mere, Sesinyi, Ng’ambi (Kunene 87’), Mbatha (Mpeta 73’), Ntuli (Matlakala 90+2’).

Sundowns’ line-up from their 2-1 win over Stars on 11 September: Brimah, Ngcongca, Madisha, Arendse, Hachi, Soumahoro, Manyisa (Mohomi 82’), Lebese, Vilakazi, Laffor (Tau 29’), Castro (Sekotlong 67’).

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