Polokwane look for return to winning form

Polokwane look for return to winning form
Rodney Ramagalela of Polokwane City

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Jan 26, 2018. 10:28

Polokwane City will look for a return to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they host AmaZulu at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium on 27 January 2018, kick-off at 15h30.

Polokwane have gone three league matches without a victory after they drew 1-1 at SuperSport United on January 23. The Limpopo side needed a last-gasp equaliser from Puleng Tlolane to salvage a point in their match in Tshwane.

Rise and Shine have claimed just eight points from nine home matches this season, though their last game as hosts saw them claim an impressive 3-2 win over log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns earlier this month.

AmaZulu’s last outing saw them held to a goalless draw at home by Bloemfontein Celtic in a catch-up match on January 24. The Durban side has claimed four points from their last two outings and will be hoping it is the start of a strong run of results.

Usuthu have claimed just five points from seven away matches this season, with their only win on the road arriving back in October when they surprised current log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 in Tshwane.

In head-to-head stats, Polokwane and AmaZulu have met in five league matches since 2013/14. Usuthu have claimed two wins compared to one for Rise and Shine, while two matches have been drawn. Both of the Limpopo side’s home matches in the rivalry have ended in draws.

When the teams met earlier this season, Polokwane claimed a 3-2 victory in Durban for their first three-pointer against AmaZulu and a first away win in the rivalry.

Polokwane’s line-up from their1-1 draw with SuperSport on January 23: Chigova, Semenya, Ravhuhali, Maponyane, Mbonani, Seabi, Ramagalela, Manaka (Mngomezulu 65'), Ndou (Chungwa 17’), Maluleke, Tlolane.

AmaZulu’s line-up from their 0-0 draw with Celtic on January 24: S. Mbatha, M. Gumede, Mabiliso, P. Gumede, Ouro-Akoriko, Ncube (Mnguni 71’), Morton, Ramphele (Ncobeni 62’), Nomvethe (S. Dlamini 73’), Karuru, Abraw.

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