Bloemfontein Celtic - Kaizer Chiefs Preview: AmaKhosi face test of title credentials
Stuart Baxter's men will need to steel themselves for a hard-fought battle at the Free State Stadium on Sunday afternoon
By Daniel Eslick
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Kaizer Chiefs will need to bring their A-game to the Free State Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as they face one of the toughest away fixtures in South African football.
Their opponents, Bloemfontein Celtic, may not be enjoying a prolific season but it is never easy to beat in Bloemfontein.
Stuart Baxter believes his full strength squad has what it takes to grab all three points on Sunday, but is not expecting an easy match against Siwelele.
“It is a tough one in Bloemfontein against a side that is always looking to do well at home,” Baxter told the Chiefs website.
“We will not be expecting a good reception there and we will be taking no prisoners.
“I am delighted that the players who were doing international duty came back with no injuries and everyone is raring to go.
“The competition for places for this game is high and a good headache for the coach. The players have looked good in training this week.”
Chiefs currently sit five points above rivals Orlando Pirates, who played to a draw against University of Pretoria on Sunday. The AmaKhosi will seek to punish Pirates and surge ahead in the title race on Sunday.
But Bloemfontein Celtic coach Clinton Larsen has other ideas about the result, despite his side's upcoming Nedbank Cup clash against the same opponents.
“All our focus is basically on the upcoming league match. We are not even looking at the cup game as yet. There is an old cliché of taking one game at a time.
"It is very important for the club to collect three points on Sunday in order to achieve our objective to finish in the top five,” Larsen said.
“We’ve got to make sure that we are at our best against Chiefs. We are playing the team that has set the pace in the league. It’s not going to be easy. But we’ve got a very good home record and have toppled some of the big teams in the past. We’ll try to do that again on Sunday,” he said.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Kaizer Chiefs has scored 39 goals this season, 16 more than Bloemfontein Celtic who have notched up 23 strikes this term.
- The reverse fixture ended in a 0-0 draw in October last year.
- Bloemfontein Celtic may not have been enjoying a great season in league competition, but has already won the Telkom Knockout and is targeting more cup glory in the Nedbank Cup, but will face Chiefs once more in the next round of the competition.
- Siwelele has not beaten the AmaKhosi since 2009, when they won 1-0 at home.
- Kaizer Chiefs has the opportunity to go seven points clear of Pirates if they can notch up all three points on Sunday.
- Chiefs has not beaten Celtic at home since 2008, where they won 1-0.
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|32||Itumeleng Isaac Khune||Goalkeeper|
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|5||Siboniso Pa Gaxa||Defender|
|18||Peter Tsepo Masilela||Defender|
|8||Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala||Midfielder|
|25||Bernard Melvin Parker||Striker|
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|9||Josta Shimane Dladla||Striker|
|23||Amos Sthembiso Ngcobo||Striker|