Sibusiso Masina of Cape Town City FC gets away from Cheslyn Jampies of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Cape Town City FC and Bloemfontein Celtic at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 2 November 2016 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Monday Oct 16, 2017. 10:55
Cape Town City will chase a hat-trick of Absa Premiership wins when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at Athlone Stadium on 17 October 2017, kick-off at 19h30.
City recorded a second straight victory in the league when they beat local rivals Ajax Cape Town 2-0 away on September 30. Goals from Victor Obinna and Judas Moseamedi ensured Benni McCarthy’s side claimed the bragging rights in the ‘Mother City’.
The Citizens have had mixed results at home this season, with two wins and one loss from their three turns as hosts. Their last home match in the league was a 1-0 triumph over Polokwane City in September where Lehlohonolo Majoro scored a late winner from the penalty spot.
Celtic claimed their second win of the season (and a first at home) when they defeated Bidvest Wits 1-0 on October 1. The Bloemfontein side has suffered just one defeat so far this season and are laying the foundation for a solid campaign.
Phunya Sele Sele boast an unbeaten away record, with one win and two draws from their three games on the road this season. Their away victory came at Polokwane City in mid-September and they will be hoping for another three-pointer as soon as possible.
In head-to-head stats, City and Celtic have met in just two previous league matches. Both of those encounters took place last season, with the Cape Town side claiming a 1-0 win in their home game, while the return in Bloemfontein finished in a goalless stalemate.
City’s line-up from their 2-0 win over Ajax on September 30: Stephens, Seedat, Johannes, Fielies, Mkhize, Matsi, Nodada, Lakay, Patosi (Modise 65'), Martin (Edmilson 81'), Obinna (Moseamedi 46').
Celtic’s line-up from their 1-0 win over Wits on October 1: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena, Mashikinya, Letlabika (Lubisi 54'), Baloyi, Hotto, Motshegwa, Nyundu (Letsoalo 89').