Baroka take aim at Cape Town City

Baroka take aim at Cape Town City
Siyethemba Sithebe of AmaZulu is challenged by Bonginkosi Makume of Baroka FC during the Absa Premiership match between AmaZulu and Baroka FC on the 04 August 2018 at King Zwelithini Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 06, 2018. 13:56

Baroka FC will target all three points when they host Cape Town City for their first home Absa Premiership clash of the new season, at Peter Mokaba Stadium on 8 August 2018, kick-off at 19h30.

Baroka’s 2018/19 season got off to a slow start as they were edged 1-0 by AmaZulu in Durban on August 4, with the Limpopo side unable to recover from Siyethemba Sithebe’s goal.

Bakgaga’s home form last term saw them pick up four wins, seven draws and four defeats for a haul of 19 points as hosts through 2017/18.

City opened their campaign on a positive note, as second-half goals from Roland Putsche and Craig Martin secured a 2-0 home win over SuperSport United on August 4.

The Citizens will be looking to improve on their away form from last season, as they claimed four wins, five draws and six defeat for a haul of 17 points from 15 games on the road.

In head-to-head stats, Baroka and City have met in four league matches since 2016/17. Bakgaga have claimed two wins compared to one for the Citizens, while one game has been drawn. The Limpopo side has recorded one win and one loss from their two home matches in the rivalry.

Last season Baroka took four points off City, claiming a 1-1 draw in Cape Town before recording a 2-0 home win in the return game, which featured a brace of goals from Mpho Kgaswane.

Baroka’s line-up from their 1-0 loss to AmaZulu on August 4: Dlamini, Kgoetyane, Gerhardt, Mapheto, Madubanya, Makume, Chawaphiwa, Mdantsane, Chivaviro (Matloga 67'), Moseki (Makgaka 70'), Shabani (Kgaswane 51').

City’s line-up from their 2-0 win over SuperSport on August 4: Leeuwenburg, Mkhize, Kouassi, Dove, Fielies, Nodada, Putsche, Norodien (Matsi 73’), Modise, Ralani (Martin 56’), Mthembu (Rusike 64’).

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