Baroka look to shrug off poor form

Baroka look to shrug off poor form
Punch Masenamela of Baroka FC challenged by Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Baroka FC at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 05 December 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Dec 14, 2017. 10:20

Baroka FC will be looking to shrug off their poor form in the Absa Premiership when they host SuperSport United at Peter Mokaba Stadium on 17 December 2017, kick-off at 15h30.

Baroka suffered a second successive defeat and saw their winless run stretched to nine matches when they were beaten 3-0 at Maritzburg United on December 8. The Limpopo side has not kept a clean sheet in the winless sequence and have shipped nine goals in their last three outings.

Bakgaga have struggled to pick up wins at home this season, claiming just one three-pointer from six turns as hosts. Their last home match ended in 2-2 draw with strugglers Platinum Stars in late November.

SuperSport have also stumbled into some indifferent form, having failed to win any of their last thee matches: 0-0 draw at Orlando Pirates, 1-1 at home to Cape Town City and a 1-0 defeat at Free State Stars in midweek, December 13.

Matsatsantsa have picked up four points from three games on the road this season, though their only win arrived back in August when they won 2-1 at Kaizer Chiefs. Coach Eric Tinkler will hope to pick up a second win on the road in what will be their penultimate league match of 2017.

In head-to-head stats, Baroka and SuperSport have met in just two league matches. Both of those encounters took place last season, with the teams drawing 1-1 in Limpopo before Bakgaga claimed a 1-0 away win in the return game.

Baroka’s line-up from their 3-0 loss to Maritzburg on December 8: Vries, Shaku, Kgoetyane, Banda, Moeti, Mothupa, Ntshangase (Soso 56'), Kgaswane, Madubanya (Matloga 64'), Mdantsane, Ngalande (Mosele 80').

SuperSport’ line-up from their 1-0 loss to Stars on December 13: Pieterse, Nhlapo, Gould, Daniels (Grobler 79’), Egwuekwe, Boateng (Myeni 65’), Modiba, Mokoena, Mokeke (Letsholonyane 46’), Phala, Brockie.

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