Wits look to continue strong form

Wits look to continue strong form
Thabang Monare of Bidvest Wits during 2018 Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Polokwane City at Bidvest Wits Stadium in Johannesburg ,South Africa on 21 September 2018 ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 09, 2018. 08:02

Bidvest Wits will look to continue their strong form in the Absa Premiership when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at the Bidvest Stadium on 10 November 2018, kick-off at 20h15.

Wits picked up their sixth win in 10 matches when they defeated Highlands Park 1-0 at home on October 26, with Thulani Hlatshwayo scoring the decisive goal for the Johannesburg team.

The Clever Boys have claimed nine points from five home matches this season. Both SuperSport United and Polokwane City have come away from Milpark with three points in 2018/19.

Celtic returned to winning form (ending a three-match dry spell) with a 1-0 victory at home to Baroka FC on October 28 – Ronald Pfumbidzai scored in injury time for Steve Komphela’s team.

Phunya Sele Sele have claimed seven points from four away matches this season. Their last result on the road was a 2-0 loss at regional rivals Free State Stars in early October.

In head-to-head stats, Celtic and Wits have met in 57 league matches since 1985. The Clever Boys have claimed 24 wins compared to 18 for Phunya Sele Sele, while 15 matches have been drawn. The Johannesburg side has claimed 16 wins from 29 home matches in the rivalry, suffering five defeats in the process.

In the teams’ league meetings last season, Celtic won 1-0 in Bloemfontein in October 2017 thanks to a goal from Roggert Nyundu, while the return game in Johannesburg in January 2018 saw Wits win 1-0 via a penalty from James Keene.

Wits’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Highlands on October 26: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Nonyane, Johannes, Monare, Murray (Motupa 90'+2), Hlanti (Hotto 78'), Mkhwanazi, Ritchie, Macuphu (Gyimah 60'), Dzvukamanja.

Celtic’s line-up from their 1-0 win over Baroka on October 28: Tignyemb, Letlabika, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Mabena, Mashikinya (Mangweni 72'), Masuku (Mabaso 62'), Gordinho, Dlamini (Maema 58) Phalane, Letsoalo.

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