Highlands look to claim top-eight finish

Highlands look to claim top-eight finish
Mxolisi Macuphu of Supersport United celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Supersport United and Free State Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 10 March 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by BackPageTXT

Friday May 10, 2019. 13:23

Highlands Park will look to claim a top-eight finish in the Absa Premiership when they take on hosts SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on 11 May 2019, kick-off at 15h00.

SuperSport have gone three league matches without a win after they were beaten 3-1 by bottom-of-the-log Maritzburg United on May 4. Despite the recent run of results, the Tshwane side will finish in the top six of the table.

Matsatsantsa have claimed 25 points from 14 home matches this season, with their last result as hosts a 1-1 draw with Bidvest Wits in late April.

Highlands gave their top-eight hopes a major boost when they defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at home on May 4, thanks to a late goal from Tendai Ndoro.

The Lions of the North have claimed just 12 points from 14 away matches this season, with their last result on the road a 1-1 draw at Cape Town City in late April.

In head-to-head stats, Highlands and SuperSport have met in three previous top flight matches. Matsatsantsa boast an unbeaten record, with two wins and a draw to their name, while their only previous home game in the rivalry brought a 4-1 victory in 2016/17.

When the teams met earlier this season, at Makhulong Stadium in December 2018, they played out a 1-1 draw: Aubrey Modiba netted for United, while the Lions of the North hit back through Mothobi Mvala.

SuperSport’s line-up from their 3-1 loss to Maritzburg on May 4: Williams, Nhlapo, Kekana, Daniels, Bhasera, Ntshangase, Mokoena (Webber 78'), Modiba, Rusike, Machupu, Grobler (Lungu 76').

Highlands’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Celtic on May 4: Heugh, Mokoena (Mogaila 53’), Fransman, Motsepe (Mbunjana 74’), Williams, Mahlangu, Mvala, Mbatha, Mkhabela, Nyembe (Ndoro 65’), Shalulile.

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