City, Arrows looking to bounce back to form

City, Arrows looking to bounce back to form
Thabo Nodada of Cape Town City FC evades challenge from Onismor Bhasera of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 football match between Cape Town City FC and SuperSport United at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 4 August 2018 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 16, 2018. 10:36

Cape Town City and Golden Arrows will both be looking to bounce back to form in the Absa Premiership when they meet at Cape Town Stadium on 18 August 2018, kick-off at 18h00.

City suffered their first loss of the season when they were beaten 2-1 at Baroka FC on August 8, though the match at least featured a first goal for new signing Siphelele Mthembu.

The Citizens’ previous home match this season was a 2-0 win over SuperSport United on the first weekend of the month, with goals from Roland Putsche and Craig Martin.

Arrows also suffered their first loss of the new campaign on August 8, as they succumbed 2-0 at home to Bloemfontein Celtic.

The defeat cut short the momentum they had built in their only away game thus far, an impressive 2-0 triumph at KwaZulu-Natal rivals Maritzburg United thanks to goals from Knox Mutizwa and Lerato Lamola.

In head-to-head stats, City and Arrows have met in four league matches since 2016/17. Abafana Bes’thende have claimed two wins compared to one for the Citizens, while one match has been drawn. The Cape Town side has recorded one victory and one defeat from their two home matches in the rivalry.

Last season Arrows took four points off City, drawing 2-2 at home in Durban in the first half of the campaign before claiming a 1-0 away win in the return game in the ‘Mother City’ thanks to a goal from striker Lerato Lamola.

Cape Town City’s line-up from their 2-1 loss to Baroka on August 8: Stephens, Mkhize, Kouadja, Fielies, Cupido, Nodada, Putsche, Matsi (Martin 46’), Norodien (Kateregga 69’), Rusike, Ralani (Mthembu 46’).

Arrows’ line-up from their 2-0 loss to Celtic on August 8: Gumede, Zwane, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Lunga, N. Cele (Moreira 68’), D. Phiri, Venter, Mutizwa, Sabelo (Conco 46’), Lamola (Magubane 75’).

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