Absa Premiership: United looking to advance in the log on eve of Celtic clash

2011-09-13 00:00

MARITZBURGUnited will look to maintain their unbeaten start to the PSL season when they meet Bloemfontein Celtic at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium tomorrow night.

After a two-week break that saw international as well as MTN8 fixtures take place, United should be full of confidence travelling to Bloemfontein after they toppled treble-winning champions Orlando Pirates in their last league encounter in Pietermaritzburg.

That result has left the Team of Choice in eighth place on the PSL log and looking like a side capable of breaking into the top half of the table for the first time in its history.

When the sides met in the same fixture last season, Celtic ran out 2-0 victors with United’s self-proclaimed “signing of the season”, Prince Olomu, netting the Free State side’s first goal.

Olomu will be running out for United tomorrow night, though, and much is expected from the attacking midfielder after what has been an anti-climactic start to the season for him.

More positive news for coach Ian Palmer is that attacking midfielder Kurt Lentjies looks set to make the trip after recovering well from a toe operation. With Calvin Sosibo now also eligible to play after resolving his registration issues, Palmer will have some tough decisions to make in selecting a midfield that has started to take shape with Chillies Madondo and Michael Morton forming a promising partnership in the centre of the park.

Diyo Sibisi, who has scored two goals this season so far, is expected to start the match with club captain and fellow striker Fadlu Davids recovering from a fractured cheekbone.

Sibisi told The Witness that he is aiming to score 20 goals for the club this season and added that he is certain that United can finish in the top half of the table.

“I want to score as many goals as possible and finish as the top scorer in the league,” he said.

“We can definitely achieve our goals this season and we have gotten off to a very good start and need to keep up the momentum.”

With Byrone Hendricks in good form at centre-back and his partner, Mor Diouf, providing the winner against Pirates, the only tough call for Palmer to make in choosing his defence could come at left-back, where Rheece Evans has put his hand up to make the position his own after two poor performances from youngster Thabang Matuka in the opening fixtures of the campaign.

The match kicks off at 7.30 pm and will not be televised.

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