Chippa look to break dry spell

Chippa look to break dry spell
Ruzaigh Gamildien of Chippa United

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Dec 14, 2018. 06:46

Chippa United will look to break their dry spell in the Absa Premiership when they host Polokwane City at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 14 December 2018, kick-off at 20h00.

Chippa have gone six league matches without a win after they held Cape Town City to a 1-1 draw away from home on December 11. The Eastern Cape side last won a match in early October at home to Free State Stars.

The Chilli Boys have claimed seven points from six home matches this season, with their last outing as hosts a 1-0 loss to AmaZulu in late November.

Polokwane played to their fourth draw of the season when they were held 2-2 at home by Highlands Park on December 11. The Limpopo side will feel they should have taken all three points after missing a late penalty.

Rise and Shine have claimed 11 points from six away matches this season, with their last result on the road a 2-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic earlier this month.

In head-to-head stats, Chippa and Polokwane have met in eight league matches since 2014/15. Rise and Shine have claimed four wins compared to one for the Chilli Boys, while three matches have been drawn. The Eastern Cape side has claimed one win in their home record in the rivalry, suffering one defeat in the process.

Last season Polokwane took four points off Chippa, winning 1-0 in the Eastern Cape in the first half of the campaign before playing out a 1-1 draw in the return game. The teams’ last five league meetings have produced just five goals.

Chippa’s line-up from their 1-1 draw with City on December 11: Akpeyi, Macheke, Tloane, Mokeke, Nsabiyumva, Shongwe (Komane 81'), Sangweni, Mayambela (Gamildien 90'), R. Manzini (Sali 79'), Rakhale, Mbenyane.

Polokwane’s line-up from their 2-2 draw with Highlands on December 11: H. Ndlovu, Mvelase (Sikhosana 46’), Nkili, Mbonani, Ravhuhali, Mngomezulu (Ramagalela 70’), Phiri, Baloyi (Monde 56’), W. Maluleke, Anas, Booi.

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