Polokwane look to stretch unbeaten run

Polokwane look to stretch unbeaten run
Polokwane City players celebrating during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 game between Baroka FC and Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane the on 3 March 2019 © Kabelo Leputu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Mar 08, 2019. 11:44

Polokwane City will look to stretch their unbeaten run in the Absa Premiership when they host Golden Arrows at Peter Mokaba Stadium on 9 March 2019, kick-off at 15h30.

Polokwane have gone four games without defeat after playing to a 1-1 draw away to Free State Stars on March 6. Mohammed Anas scored the Limpopo side’s goal – his third in the last two matches.

Rise and Shine have claimed 16 points from 11 home matches this season, with their last result as hosts a 1-1 draw with Kaizer Chiefs on February 23.

Arrows have gone three league matches without a win after they were beaten 1-0 at home by Orlando Pirates on March 2. The Durban side has won just once in their last six outings.

Abafana Bes’thende have claimed 11 points from as many away matches this season, with their last result on the road a 1-1 draw at Chippa United on February 22.

In head-to-head stats, Arrows and Polokwane have met in nine league matches since 2013/14. Abafana Bes’thende have claimed four wins compared to one for Rise and Shine, while four matches have been drawn. The Limpopo side’s four turns as hosts have brought them one wins, one draw and two defeats.

When the teams met earlier this season, at the Princess Magogo Stadium in August 2018, they played out a 1-1 draw, with goals from Arrows’ Nkanyiso Mngwengwe and Polokwane forward Rodney Ramagalela. The last three meetings of the clubs have all ended in draws.

Polokwane’s line-up from their 1-1 draw with Stars on March 6: Chigova, Sikhosana, Nkili, Manaka, Hlongwane, Mngomezulu (Mashumba 52’), Motloung, Phiri, Sikhondze (W. Maluleke 56’), Booi, Anas (Tlolane 80’).

Arrows’ line-up from their 1-0 loss to Pirates on March 2: Gumede, Sibisi, Mzava, Bilankulu, Lunga, Ndwandwe (Sabelo 70’), Parusnath, Phiri, Venter, Sibiya (Sibeko 81’), Mutizwa (Lamola 73’).

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