Arrows look to boost top eight hopes

Arrows look to boost top eight hopes
Lerato Lamola of Lamontville Golden Arrows brags about his goal at Clinton Larsen, Coach of Lamontville Golden Arrows with Siphelele Magubane of Lamontville Golden Arrows during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs at Princess Magogo Stadium, KwaZulu-Natal on 24 April 2018 © Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePi

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Apr 27, 2018. 09:19

Golden Arrows will look to boost their hopes of finishing in the top eight of the Absa Premiership when they host Platinum Stars at Princess Magogo Stadium on 28 April 2018, kick-off at 15h00.

Arrows claimed their seventh win of the league season when they defeated Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 at home on April 24. Lerato Lamola’s brace helped the Durban side secure a third three-pointer from their last seven PSL outings.

Abafana Bes’thende have claimed 19 points from 14 home matches this season. In their final game as hosts, they will be looking to add to the four home wins they have secured over AmaZulu, SuperSport United, Ajax Cape Town and Chiefs.

Stars suffered their 15th defeat of the season when they were beaten 2-1 at home by AmaZulu on April 25. The result saw the Rustenburg club relegated from the top flight, as they will finish bottom of the log.

Dikwena have claimed 11 points from 14 away matches this season, with their last game on the road ending in a 1-0 defeat at Kaizer Chiefs in mid-April.

In head-to-head stats, Stars and Arrows have met in 27 league matches since 2003/04. Dikwena have claimed 12 wins compared to eight for Abafana Bes’thende, while seven matches have been drawn. The Durban side has won four of their 13 home matches against their Rustenburg counterparts, just four defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, in Rustenburg in September 2017, Arrows claimed a 1-0 away win thanks to a late penalty from Kuda Mahachi. These teams have not played out a draw against each other since the first half of the 2010/11 season.

Arrows’ line-up from their 3-1 win over Chiefs on April 24: Mbaeva, Mzava, Mathiane, Mngwenge, Nkombelo (S.Dube 72'), Venter, Ndwandwe, Zuke (Phiri 46'), Shongwe, Magubane (Mahachi 68'), Lamola.

Stars’ line-up from their 2-1 loss to AmaZulu on April 25: Mzimela, Mere, Sithole, Mkhabela, Mpeta (Norodien 72'), De Jongh, Mekoa, Gome, Tshabangu, Senne (Phiri Jr 69'), Ntuli (Koapeng 82').




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