Free State Stars - Bloemfontein Celtic Preview: Ea Lla Koto and Siwelele lock horns in Free State Derby
Stars struggled to win after sacking coach Steve Komphela late last year, but they will be hoping to sink their fierce rivals on Saturday
By Ernest Makhaya
FREE STATE STARS
Tlhone, Tshabalala, Wiltwer, Mthethwa
Ouro-Akoriko, Masehe, Venter, Bobe
Motlhaping, Daniels, Mzava, Mahoa
Ntanga, Mogorosi, Nyatama, Lamola
Free State Stars will be hoping to move away from the relegation zone when they host rivals Bloemfontein Celtic at the Goble Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Ea Lla Koto have struggled to emulate their previous seasons' form and they find themselves 15th in the PSL standings.
On the other hand, results have not been forthcoming for Celtic, but they are still dreaming of the top eight finish at the end of the season.
Ernst Middendorp has made a few signings that could swing the result in their favour, but it could also time for the new players to get used to his tactics.
Stars might have an edge over their opponents, as the majority of their players, together with their head coach Themba Sithole have been together since the beginning of the season.
However, history between the two Free State team favours Celtic both in league and Cup competitions although the outcome of Derbies is always unpredictable.
An interesting battle will be between midfielders Musa Nyatama and Paulus Masehe.
Nyatama plays an attacking role and he has the ability to create and score goals from the midfield, but he will have to get past the Stars' captain Masehe who is one of the most experience player in Sithole's squad.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Both Free State Stars and Bloem Celtic have registered only three victories since the beginning of the season.
- The last two meetings between Stars and Celtic ended in 2-2 draws.
- In head-to-head stats, Stars and Celtic have met 16 times since 2005, with Ea Lla Koto winning only five compared to Siwelele's seven while five ended in draws.
- In their last five league games this season, Stars managed two draws and suffered three defeats.
- Musa Nyatama and Vuyani Ntanga top the Celtic's goalscoring charts with three goals each so far this term.
Top 3 Predictions
Free State Stars FC 1-0 Bloemfontein Celtic FC
- 100 %
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|1||Ayanda Bruce Mtshali||Goalkeeper|
|-||Bokang Thato Thlone||Midfielder|
|8||Angelo Edward Kerspuy||Midfielder|
|29||Mbuyiselo Wellington Sambu||Defender|
|7||Lehlohonolo Reuben Thebakang||Midfielder|
|11||Luyolo Mbiko Nomandela||Striker|
|-||Keagan Wilbur Buchanan||Midfielder|
|-||Lerato Trevor Lamola||Striker|
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