Celtic chase Pirates scalp and hat-trick of wins

Celtic chase Pirates scalp and hat-trick of wins
Tebogo Potsane of Bloemfontein Celtic and Jabulani Shongwe of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United at Dr Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein on 5 August 2018 © Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 16, 2018. 10:00

Bloemfontein Celtic will chase both a hat-trick of Absa Premiership victories and the scalp of Orlando Pirates when the teams meet at Free State Stadium on 19 August 2018, kick-off at 15h00 CAT.

Celtic picked up a second straight win at the start of the campaign when they beat Golden Arrows 2-0 in Durban on August 8, thanks to goals from Tshegofatso Mabaso and Kabelo Dlamini.

In head-to-head stats, Celtic and Pirates have met in 60 league matches since 1985. The Buccaneers have claimed 31 wins compared to 14 for Phunya Sele Sele, while 15 matches have been drawn. The Bloemfontein side has a record of 10 wins, nine draws and 11 losses from their 30 matches as hosts in the rivalry.

Last season Pirates completed a league ‘double’ over Celtic, winning 1-0 in Bloemfontein and 2-1 in Soweto. Former Phunya Sele Sele star Musa Nyatama scored in both games for the Buccaneers.

Celtic’s line-up from their 2-0 win over Arrows on August 8: Tignyemb, Sam, Rikhotso, Gordinho, Ndengane, Dlamini, Mashikinya, Phalane, Potsane (Masuku 74’), Mabena (Ndou 63’), Mabaso (Baloyi 72’).

Pirates’ line-up from their 1-0 loss to Wits on August 15: Mpontshane, Thopola, Jele, Shitolo, Maela, Mlambo, Motshwari, Nyatama, Pule (Lorch 77’), Shonga (Mako 67’), Mulenga (Gabuza 47’).

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