South Africans Abroad Preview: Dikgacoi’s Palace face stubborn Stoke City

Stoke City have claimed several scalps so far this term, but Dikgacoi will be focusing on helping Palace move off the bottom of the EPL log when the two sides meet on Saturday

After missing last weekend’s encounter at White Hart Lane, Kagisho Dikgacoi is expected to be back for Saturday’s clash at home against Stoke City. This is set to be an emotional game for Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis as he faces his former club. Palace are rooted at the bottom of the Premier League log.

Steven Pienaar will not be in action until Monday night when Everton visit West Bromwich Albion. The Toffees are fighting hard to finish inside the top four teams at the end of the season.

In the Championship, Tokelo Rantie will be hoping to impress when Bournemouth host Watford on Saturday afternoon.

Bongani Khumalo and Dean Furman will also be at home against Wigan Athletic, as Doncaster Rovers look to improve their position on the log.  

Kgosi Ntlhe, who missed his side’s last game, is expected to return to the starting when Peterborough United host Tranmere Rovers at the London Road Ground on Saturday afternoon.


Kamohelo Mokotjo’s PEC Zwolle will resume their Eredivisie season at home against Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday evening following their mid-season tour to South Africa last week.

Vitesse Arnhem are currently second on the log with 37 points and victory against Zwolle will lift them top of the log, and three points clear off Ajax Amsterdam.

Zwolle have not been too impressive so far this season, finding themselves 11th in the standings with only 22 points from their opening 18 games.


Defending champions Ajax Amsterdam will play host to PSV Eindhoven in Sunday afternoon’s kickoff, and Thulani Serero will be expected to continue from where he left off in the first round of the season.

The South African midfielder has had a fine season with Amsterdam, scoring a few important goals in the process. Serero has become a regular starter for the Dutch giants.  


Also back from the Christmas break are three South African players in the Belgian Jupiler League. Ayanda Patosi will travel with KSC Lokeren to Jan Breydel Stadion to face Cercele Brugge on Saturday night.

Darren Keet’s KV Kortrijk will also be away to KAA Gent, and the South African goalkeeper will be hoping for his first clean sheet of 2014.

Anele Ngcongca will also be looking to start the year on a high when his side Racing Genk face Zulte Waregem on Sunday afternoon.

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