Stakes high in clash

2017-04-12 06:00
The Bloemfontein Celtic goalkeeper, ­Patrick Tignyemb, leads his team against Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: Teboho Setena

The Bloemfontein Celtic goalkeeper, ­Patrick Tignyemb, leads his team against Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: Teboho Setena

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The stakes are high in a pulsating return Premiership fixture between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs taking place today (12/04) at the Dr R.P. Molemela Stadium.

The kick-off of this intriguing encounter is scheduled for 19:30.

In the first leg, these arch­rivals settled for a point in a match which they failed to score.

In today’s league encounter, the two teams have a lot to play for.

The hosts, Phunya Sele Sele, aim to beat Chiefs to break their unbeatable ten match streak.

Such a result would improve the host’s run to end the dominance of the visitors.

Having won more games than their arch-rivals, Amakhosi have the bragging rights.

Amakhosi are yet to lose since the 3-1 defeat by Chippa United in December last year.

Chiefs was defeated by Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns.

Celtic remained unbeaten in three league games.

This was after matches against the defending league champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, Polokwane City and Cape Town City.

Celtic managed to win 1-0 against Polokwane City and drew 0-0 with Cape Town and with Sundowns.

A victory or a draw for the Mangaung side in today’s outing against Chiefs will stretch the unbeaten record to four matches.

Miles apart on the Premiership table, both sides are desperate for maximum points.

Celtic (23 points) are among the eight teams in the bottom half of the league and Amakhosi (39 points) are vying for the championship.

Phunya Sele Sele desperately need points to avoid the dreaded relegation, while Chiefs target points to intensify their prospect to win the league championship.

Under their illustrious coach, Steve Komphela, the visitors will strive for a win to retain their unbeaten record, which will further bolster their chances to lift this season’s Absa Premiership league title.

In the third position on the log, Chiefs are vying for the Premiership league title along with current leaders Cape Town City (42 points), second placed Wits (41 points) and fourth placed SuperSport United (37 points), as well as defending champions Sundowns (35 points).

Chiefs’ 2-1 victory over the reigning champions kept them in the race for the title.

Celtic’s game plan saw coach Luc Eymael resting tried and tested players in the Nedbank Cup match against Mbombela United.

Prominent players rested for today’s fixture are Patrick Tignyemb, Afred Ndengane Mthokozisi Dube and Dumisani Zuma.

Chiefs’ Komphela fielded a full-strength team that beat Acornbush United in the Nedbank Cup fixture.

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