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Kaizer Chiefs - Free State Stars Preview : Chiefs aiming to reclaim the top spot
Kaizer Chiefs will be banking on their impressive home record against Free State Stars at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night
By Ernest Makhaya
Kaizer Chiefs will be hoping to return to the summit with maximum points against Free State Stars at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night.
The Amakhosi surrendered their top spot after they failed to beat Mamelodi Sundowns in their previous match. However, Stuart Baxter’s men know that this game will offer them another chance to reclaim their top spot.
On the other hand, Free State Stars will want to continue where they left off against Chippa United during the week, although it’s going to be a different ball game, because they will be playing away from home.
Steve Komphela is expected to include Kennedy Mweene to his starting line-up against Kaizer Chiefs, as he cannot risk playing Tshepo Motsoeneng against the high-flying Amakhosi outfit.
Chiefs lie 2nd on the log with 10 wins from 17 games, while Stars are 8 points behind Kaizer Chiefs in 4th position, and a win against Chiefs on Saturday will consolidate their fourth spot.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Kaizer Chiefs didn’t include any of their foreign players in the starting line-up against Mamelodi Sundowns, for the first time in four years.
- Ea lla koto has never beaten Amakhosi at home since the 2005/2006, as Chiefs won 4 of the previous six meetings at home, and 2 were drawn.
- In head-to-head stats, Stars and Chiefs have met 13 times since 2005, Chiefs winning 7 of those games and Stars managing 2 wins, while 4 games have been drawn.
- Siphiwe Tshabalala is the only player to have joined Chiefs directly from Free State Stars since David Radebe’s move to Amakhosi back in 2002.
- Chiefs have scored 13 goals against Stars when playing at home since 2005, while Stars have scored just 5 goals against Amakhosi.
Top 3 Predictions
Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 Free State Stars FC
- 25 %
Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 Free State Stars FC
- 12.5 %
Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 Free State Stars FC
- 12.5 %
|South Africa - PSL (PSL)||16 Feb 2013||Kaizer Chiefs 2 - Free State Stars FC 1|
|South Africa - PSL (PSL)||01 Sep 2012||Free State Stars FC 0 - Kaizer Chiefs 0|
|18 May 2013||Pretoria University FC 1 - Kaizer Chiefs 0||PSL|
|15 May 2013||Kaizer Chiefs 1 - SuperSport United FC 1||PSL|
|04 May 2013||Kaizer Chiefs 2 - United FC 1||NBC|
|01 May 2013||Ajax Cape Town FC 3 - Kaizer Chiefs 1||PSL|
|28 Apr 2013||Kaizer Chiefs 0 - Platinum Stars FC 0||PSL|
|Free State Stars FC|
|18 May 2013||Free State Stars FC 3 - Black Leopards FC 2||PSL|
|11 May 2013||Bloemfontein Celtic FC 2 - Free State Stars FC 2||PSL|
|30 Apr 2013||Mamelodi Sundowns FC 2 - Free State Stars FC 1||PSL|
|27 Apr 2013||Free State Stars FC 2 - AmaZulu FC 1||PSL|
|20 Apr 2013||Pretoria University FC 1 - Free State Stars FC 1||PSL|
|32||Itumeleng Isaac Khune||Goalkeeper|
|-||Eric Molomowanadou Mathoho||Defender|
|-||Tefu Junaid Mashamaite||Defender|
|5||Siboniso Pa Gaxa||Defender|
|18||Peter Tsepo Masilela||Defender|
|8||Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala||Midfielder|
|25||Bernard Melvin Parker||Striker|
|23||Amos Sthembiso Ngcobo||Striker|
|7||Lehlohonolo Reuben Thebakang||Midfielder|
|8||Angelo Edward Kerspuy||Midfielder|
|11||Luyolo Mbiko Nomandela||Striker|
|29||Mbuyiselo Wellington Sambu||Defender|
|9||Moeketsi April Mvula||Midfielder|
|21||Noah Sikombe Chivuta||Midfielder|
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