Baroka look for return to winning form

Baroka look for return to winning form
Sipho Moeti of Baroka challenged by Thabang Monare of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Baroka and Bidvest Wits at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 22 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePi

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 07:08

Baroka FC will look for a return to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they host Platinum Stars at Peter Mokaba Stadium on 26 November 2017, kick-off at 15h30.

Baroka have gone four league matches without a win following their 1-1 draw away to Cape Town City on November 21. The Limpopo side thought they were on course for three points on the road thanks to Robin Ngalande’s strike, but they allowed the Citizens to claim a share of the spoils.

Bakgaga have not been convincing at home so far this season, claiming just one win (against Free State Stars back in September) and a total of six points from five matches as hosts.

Stars come into the game having finally lifted themselves off the foot of the table, with a goalless draw at home to Bloemfontein Celtic on November 22 enough to see them rise one position. Yet the Rustenburg side has still managed just one win from 11 matches this season and remain deep in the mire.

Dikwena have recorded three draws and two defeats from five away matches this season – the three draws have come in their last three games on the road, 1-1 stalemates at AmaZulu, Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars since September.

In head-to-head stats, Baroka and Stars have met in just two previous league matches. Both of those encounters took place last season, with Bakgaga claiming a 1-0 away win in Rustenburg before the return game in Polokwane ended in a goalless stalemate.

Baroka’s line-up from their 1-1 draw with City on November 21: Vries, Masenamela, Banda, Shaku, Kgoetyane, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Moeti, Ntshangase (Kgaswane 68'), Chawapihwa (Motupa 70'), Ngalande (Mahashe 89').

Stars’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Celtic on November 22: Mzimela, Mnguni, Sithole, Zulu, Mere, Otladisa (Matlakala 80'), N'gambi, Mwila (Links 63'), Mwedihanga, Msomi, Masalesa.

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