Struggling stars host title favourites Wits – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Struggling stars host title favourites Wits

Phumlani Ntshangase of Bidvest Wits challenged by Mlondi Dlamini of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Bidvest Wits and Maritzburg United at Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 07 May 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday May 09, 2017. 10:30

Free State Stars will be desperate for three Absa Premiership points when they host title hopefuls Bidvest Wits at Goble Park Stadium on 10 May 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Stars have gone five league matches without a win (including four losses) after they were beaten 1-0 at Cape Town City on May 5.

The Free State side has claimed 16 points from 13 home matches this season.

Ea Lla Koto are placed 14th on the Absa Premiership log with 23 points from 27 matches.

Wits claimed a fourth successive league win when they defeated Maritzburg United 1-0 at home on May 7.

The Johannesburg side has claimed 23 points from 13 away matches this season.

The Clever Boys are placed first on the Absa Premiership log with 57 points from 27 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Stars and Wits have met in 52 league matches since 1986.

The Clever Boys have 18 wins compared to 14 for Ea Lla Koto, while 20 matches have been drawn.

Stars have won 11 of their 26 home league matches against Wits, suffering five defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, the Clever Boys claimed a 3-1 home win in Johannesburg.

The teams’ league meeting earlier this season broke a spell of two matches without a goal in their rivalry.

Stars’ line-up from their 1-0 loss to City: Ngobeni, Mbhele, Teyise, Mashego, Maphakisa, Makhaula, Mahamutsa, Vilakazi, Masehe (Potsane 80′), Sekotlong, Dlamini.

Wits’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Maritzburg: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Khumalo, Ngele (Pelembe 78’), Hlanti, Mhango (Mahlambi 46’), Myeni (Scott 46’), Malajila, Motshwari, Frosler, Ntshangase.

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