League teams shift up a gear

2015-11-18 06:00

JOHANNESBURG. – The Absa Premier League returns to action on Saturday (21/11) after a week of World Cup qualifier games.

At the time of going to press, the teams of Uganda, Zambia, DR Congo, Morocco and Guinea had already qualified for the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, which will be hosted by Russia. The other 16 teams that will join these were not yet known.

Meanwhile, the league resumes with the much-anticipated game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Free State Stars at the Lucas Moripe Stadium at 20:15.

The two teams lock horns after Sundowns gave Stars a 6-2 hammering in the Telkom Knockout competition at the Goble Park Stadium.

It remains to be seen if Ea Lla Koto will put up a fight to redeem themselves.

Bidvest Wits will hope to get three points from the league rookies, Golden Arrows, when they meet at the Bidvest Stadium at 15:30 on Saturday.

Wits are at the top of the log table with 23 points after ten games and will try to keep the momentum going, while three points for Arrows will move them a few steps closer to the top four. They are now in seventh position with 14 points in nine games.

On the same afternoon, Julio Leal, the new Polo-kwane City head coach, will be eager to guide his outfit to the first win under his mentorship when he welcomes Platinum Stars at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

This game promises to produce fireworks, as both teams are capable of scoring goals. However, the last line of the Polokwane defence has proven to be weak. They have so far conceded 15 goals in ten games. Thanks to Maritzburg United, who have conceded 22, they are however not the worst in the league.

The struggling United will lock horns with Kaizer Chiefs at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Peter Maritzburg at 18:00, before Ajax Cape Town and SuperSport United wrap up the Saturday games.

On Sunday (22/11), Jomo Cosmos wil be searching for their second win of the season in ten games when they host Chippa United at Olen Park. Cosmos are third from the bottom, with seven points. They are two and three points above the University of Pretoria and United respectively.

The last game of the weekend will see Bloemfontein Celtic in a contest against MP Black Aces at the Dr Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein. Both games on Sunday will kick off at 15:30.

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