Bloemfontein Celtic - Kaizer Chiefs Preview: AmaKhosi face Phunya Sele Sele examination
The defending champions will have to prove themselves once more when they travel to Bloemfontein in a tricky away tie
By Daniel Eslick
Daniels, Nthethe, Mahoa, Mogapi
Arwuah, Nyatama, Mogorosi, Lakay, Gamildien
Gaxa, Gould, Mathoho, Masilela
Lebese, Yeye, Katsande, Tshabalala
Kaizer Chiefs may be back to winning ways in the PSL, but their real form will be tested when they play Bloemfontein Celtic on Tuesday night at the Free State Stadium.
One of the most difficult away venues in South Africa awaits Chiefs, who are still looking to rebuild after an indifferent start to the 2013-2014 season. Chiefs are currently three points behind league leaders SuperSport United and will be determined to join Matsatsantsa at the summit of the PSL standings.
A 2-0 win over Maritzburg United saw Knowledge Musona score his first goal of the season, and the Zimbabwean striker is set to play despite leaving the pitch with stomach cramps on Saturday night.
Chiefs will also see the return of Eric Mathoho, who has recovered from a thigh injury which kept him out of action against Maritzburg United.
Celtic will look to bounce back after a poor start to the season, as the home side has yet to win in front of their passionate fans. At home, Clint Larsen's side have recorded one draw with rivals Free State Stars and lost their opening home match to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Siwelele suffered another defeat in their last match, losing 2-0 to Pretoria University away from home. However, if Larsen's side can muster a win over Chiefs on Tuesday they will join the defending champions on seven points.
Celtic will welcome back Tsietsi Mahoa from injury, who should help partner Thabo Nthethe in the centre of defence, while Lerato Manzini may also play a small part of the game as he slowly returns to the fold.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Since 2005-2006 the two sides have met on 20 different occasions.
- Chiefs have dominated the fixture with 12 wins, compared to a mere two victories for Bloemfontein Celtic. There have been six draws between the sides.
- Last season Chiefs met Celtic three times, defeating Clint Larsen's side at the Free State Stadium twice and playing to a 0-0 draw at home.
- Chiefs have scored 30 goals against Celtic in their last 20 meetings.
- Siwelele have four points from four games this PSL season, while Chiefs have seven.
Top 3 Predictions
Bloemfontein Celtic FC 1-3 Kaizer Chiefs
- 42.86 %
Bloemfontein Celtic FC 0-3 Kaizer Chiefs
- 21.43 %
Bloemfontein Celtic FC 1-2 Kaizer Chiefs
- 14.29 %
|South Africa - PSL (PSL)||19 Feb 2014||Kaizer Chiefs 3 - Bloemfontein Celtic FC 0|
|South Africa - PSL (PSL)||17 Sep 2013||Bloemfontein Celtic FC 0 - Kaizer Chiefs 0|
|South Africa - Nedbank Cup (NBC)||13 Apr 2013||Bloemfontein Celtic FC 0 - Kaizer Chiefs 1|
|South Africa - PSL (PSL)||31 Mar 2013||Bloemfontein Celtic FC 0 - Kaizer Chiefs 3|
|South Africa - PSL (PSL)||06 Oct 2012||Kaizer Chiefs 0 - Bloemfontein Celtic FC 0|
|Bloemfontein Celtic FC|
|16 Apr 2014||Lamontville Golden Arrows FC 1 - Bloemfontein Celtic FC 1||PSL|
|13 Apr 2014||Bloemfontein Celtic FC 1 - Wits University FC 2||NBC|
|09 Apr 2014||Mamelodi Sundowns FC 1 - Bloemfontein Celtic FC 0||PSL|
|06 Apr 2014||Bloemfontein Celtic FC 1 - Platinum Stars FC 0||PSL|
|30 Mar 2014||Bloemfontein Celtic FC 0 - AmaZulu FC 0||PSL|
|-||Lerato Trevor Lamola||Striker|
|-||Keagan Wilbur Buchanan||Midfielder|
|32||Itumeleng Isaac Khune||Goalkeeper|
|5||Siboniso Pa Gaxa||Defender|
|-||Tefu Junaid Mashamaite||Defender|
|18||Peter Tsepo Masilela||Defender|
|8||Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala||Midfielder|
|-||Nhlanhla Brilliant Khuzwayo||Goalkeeper|
|-||Eric Molomowanadou Mathoho||Defender|
|9||Josta Shimane Dladla||Striker|
|25||Bernard Melvin Parker||Striker|
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