Wits look to outsmart Celtic

Wits look to outsmart Celtic
Daylon Claasen of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Bidvest Wits and Platinum Stars at Bidvest Stadium, Johannesburg on 16 December 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Jan 19, 2018. 06:10

Bidvest Wits will look to outsmart Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership match at Bidvest Stadium on 19 January 2018, kick-off at 20h00.

Wits have claimed four points from their last two matches, with a 2-0 home win over SuperSport United on January 10 followed by a 1-1 draw away to Chippa United on January 14. Despite the strong haul of points, the Johannesburg side remain tied for last spot on the log with AmaZulu and Platinum Stars.

The Clever Boys have claimed just seven points from nine home matches this season, though they gave a fine performance in the last game they hosted, as goals from Bongani Khumalo and James Keene saw them defeat Matsatsantsa.

Celtic suffered their fifth loss of the season when they were handed a 4-0 thrashing at Maritzburg United on January 12. It was a second time in the last five league matches that they have conceded four goals, having lost 4-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns last month.

Phunya Sele Sele have claimed just nine points from eight away matches this season. Since beating Cape Town City away back in October, Celtic have taken just one point from a possible 12 on the road, conceding 10 goals in the process.

In head-to-head stats, Celtic and Wits have met in 56 league matches since 1985. The Clever Boys have claimed 23 wins compared to 18 for Phunya Sele Sele, while 15 matches have been drawn. The Johannesburg side has claimed 15 wins from 28 home matches in the rivalry, suffering five defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, Celtic claimed a 1-0 home win on October 1 thanks to a goal from Roggert Nyundu. Phunya Sele Sele have recorded one win, one draw and one loss from their last three trips to face the Clever Boys in Johannesburg.

Wits’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Chippa on January 14: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Gyimah, Hlanti, Pule (Pelembe 76’), Ntshangase, Motshwari, Claasen, Myeni (Frosler 89’), Majoro (Gamal 62’).

Celtic’s line-up from their 4-0 loss to Maritzburg on January 12: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso (Lubisi 78'), Ndengane, Letsoalo (Motshegwa 49'), Maema (Nyundu 47'), Gordinho, Baloyi, Hotto, Mabena, Phalane.

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