Highlands looks to break winless run

Highlands looks to break winless run
Owen Da Gama, coach of Highlands Park and Allan Freese, assistant coach of Highlands Park

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Aug 28, 2020. 09:44

Highlands Park will look to break their winless run in the Absa Premiership when they host Maritzburg United at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday 29 August 2020, kick-off at 13h30.

Highlands extended their win drought to six matches with a 1-1 draw away to Polokwane City on August 22, though the match at least saw Peter Shalulile boost his chances of winning the Golden Boot with a well-taken goal. The Lions of the North have claimed 23 points from 13 home matches so far this season.

Maritzburg have gone three league matches without a win, all since the restart, after being held 0-0 at home by Bidvest Wits on August 24. The Team of Choice has claimed 17 points from 13 away matches in the 2019/20 campaign.

In head-to-head stats, Maritzburg and Highlands have met in five previous top-flight league matches. The Lions of the North boast an unbeaten record in the sequence, with two wins and three draws. The Tembisa-based side has won both of their two home matches in the rivalry.

When the teams met earlier this season, at Harry Gwala Stadium in August 2019, they played out a 1-1 draw: Maritzburg claimed the lead through Kwanda Mngonyama, but Highlands equalised late on with a strike from Peter Shalulile.

Highlands’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Polokwane on August 22: Kapini, Mbhele (Ramagalela 89′), Makhaula (Rae 72′), Fransman, Mbunjana (Mokoena 73′), Mzava, Munyai, Nyatama (Mvala 62′), Mbatha, Jooste (Mogaila 62′), Shalulile.

Maritzburg’s line-up from their 0-0 draw with Wits on August 24: Ofori, Morgan, De Reuck, Allie, Mngonyama (Sanoka 60′), Tlolane, Ntshangase, Shandu (Buchanan 60′), Claasen (Augusto 88′), Kutumela, Moseamedi (Hlongwane 75′).

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