Celtic, Leopards battle for vital points

Celtic, Leopards battle for vital points
Teboho Mokoena of Supersport United challenged by Ryan De Jongh of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Supersport United and Bloemfontein Celtic at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville on the 20 January 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jan 31, 2019. 12:00

Bloemfontein Celtic and Black Leopards will battle for three Absa Premiership points when they meet at Dr Molemela Stadium on 3 February 2019, kick-off at 15h30.

Celtic suffered their first defeat of the New Year when they went down 2-1 away to SuperSport United on January 20. The Bloemfontein side has lost five of their last seven league matches.

Phunya Sele Sele have claimed 12 points from nine home matches this season, with their last result as hosts a 1-1 draw with Golden Arrows in mid-January.

Leopards extended their unbeaten run in the league to five matches with a 1-1 draw at home to Golden Arrows on January 19. Mwape Musonda scored a late equaliser – his seventh goal in the Limpopo side’s last seven Premiership games.

Lidoda Duvha has claimed just six points from eight away matches this season, with their last result on the road a 2-1 win at provincial rivals Baroka FC in early January.

In head-to-head stats, Leopards and Celtic have met in 13 league matches since 2004/05. Phunya Sele Sele have claimed four wins compared to three for Lidoda Duvha, while six games have been drawn. The Bloemfontein side has won two of their six home matches in the rivalry, suffering one defeat in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, at the Thohoyandou Stadium in mid-September 2018, Celtic claimed a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Tshegofatso Mabaso. It was Phunya Sele Sele’s first win over the Limpopo side since 2011/12.

Celtic’s line-up from their 2-1 loss to SuperSport on January 20: Tignyemb, De Jongh (Maema 63’), Lingwati, Rikhotso, Pfumbidzai, Baloyi, Phalane, Masuku (Mabaso 46’), Mashikinya, Dlamini (Motshegwa 76’), Mabena.

Leopards’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Arrows on January 19: K. Ndlovu, Munyai, Munganga, Masia, Zulu, Maselesa, Bereng (Ngambi 72’), Tshepe (Kapinga 63’), Musonda, Mudau, Hlongwane (Mhlongo 72’).

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