Baroka welcome Polokwane for Limpopo derby

Baroka welcome Polokwane for Limpopo derby
Oscarine Masuluke of Baroka FC celebrates during the NFD Promotion Playoffs match between Baroka FC and BStellenbosch at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Pretoria on 10 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Feb 23, 2018. 08:57

Baroka FC will welcome Limpopo rivals Polokwane City for an Absa Premiership derby at Peter Mokaba Stadium on 24 February 2018, kick-off at 15h30 CAT.

Baroka have gone four league matches without a win after they were held 0-0 at home by Chippa United on February 17. They last won a game at home to AmaZulu on January 14.

Bakgaga have claimed just 14 points from 10 home matches this season, and their last two turns as hosts have produced a loss to Kaizer Chiefs and the above-mentioned draw with Chippa.

Polokwane played to a fourth successive draw - and extended their winless run to five matches - after being held 1-1 at home by Ajax Cape Town on February 4. The Limpopo side last won a league game in early January when they edged Mamelodi Sundowns 3-2 at home.

Rise and Shine have claimed 12 points from nine away matches this season, though their last three games on the road have resulted in a loss and two draws.

In head-to-head stats, Baroka and Polokwane have met in three league matches since the start of last season. All of their meetings have ended in draws, with the latest example a goalless stalemate at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium in August 2017.

Baroka’s line-up from their 0-0 draw with Chippa on February 17: Dlamini, Kgoetyane, Banda, Madubanya, Kgaswane, Mothupa, Nguzana (Ngalande 53’), Chawaphiwa (Sodi 89’), Mohwatseleng, Mdantsane, Motupa.

Polokwane’s line-up from their 1-1 draw with Ajax on February 4: Chigova, Tshela, Tshilo, Mbonani, Ravhuhali, Manaka (W. Maluleke 90’), Seabi, Miya, J. Maluleke, Musona, Chungwa (Sulumba 64’).

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