Celtic, AmaZulu set for battle in Bloemfontein

Celtic, AmaZulu set for battle in Bloemfontein
Motebang Sera of Bloemfontein Celtic

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Dec 19, 2019. 13:00

Bloemfontein Celtic and AmaZulu will meet for their final Absa Premiership match of the year 2019, set for Sunday 22 December at the Dr Molemela Stadium, kick-off at 15h30.

Celtic come into the game on the back of a 5-3 away loss at the hands of league leaders Kaizer Chiefs – despite having thrice held the lead in the match. Phunya Sele Sele have claimed 11 points from six home matches thus far in their league campaign.

AmaZulu have gone four league matches without a win (or even a goal) after they were held 0-0 away to Black Leopards on December 7. Usuthu have claimed just five points from seven away matches in the 2019/20 season.

In head-to-head stats, AmaZulu and Celtic have met in 52 league matches since 1985. Phunya Sele Sele have claimed 20 wins compared to 13 for Usuthu, while 19 matches have been drawn. The Bloemfontein side has won 14 of their 27 home league matches against the Durban club, suffering just two defeats in the process.

The teams’ league meetings last season produced two home wins: AmaZulu triumphed 3-0 at King Zwelithini Stadium in December 2018, while the return game in Bloemfontein in May 2019 ended 3-1 in favour of Celtic.

Celtic’s line-up from their 5-3 loss to Chiefs on December 7: Mpoto, Ngobeni, Baloyi (Tani 56’), Mahashe, Pfumbidzai, Luthuli, Phalane, Mashikinya, Potsane (Letsoalo 69’), Tchilimbou (Motebang 69’), Mabena.

AmaZulu’s line-up from their 0-0 draw with Leopards on December 7: Boshoff; Darpoh, Booysen, Mabiliso, Xoki, Sithebe (Magaqa 75′), Maduna (Sikhakhane 89′), Ncube, Ncobeni (Chawapiwa 65′), Majoro, Ntuli.

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