Bloemfontein Celtic will entertain Free State Stars as both sides renew their rivalry at the Free State Stadium on Saturday afternoon
Phunya Sele Sele did well in their previous league match, ending SuperSport United’s unbeaten with a 2-1 victory away from home to reignite their hopes of finishing in the top four.
Ea Lla Koto have also made their intensions very clear this season that nothing less than a top four finish would be a success, but the Qwaqwa-based outfit hasn’t been enjoying good results in recent weeks and they have lost their fourth spot to Bidvest Wits.
There hasn’t been a lack of goals whenever these two Free State giants meet and Saturday’s game is expected to live up to the derby expectations, because both Celtic and Stars have everything to play for.
Steve Komphela will be putting his faith on Moeketsi Mvula for the goals as well as Fikru Tefera who has been a threat to a lot defenders since joining Stars, but they will have to get past the evergreen Thabo Nthete and Patrick Tinyemb who has been fantastic between the sticks.
Stars are currently 8th on the log with 37 points from 28 games while Celtic find themselves 5th with 40 points from 28 games.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bloem Celtic’s highest ever finish in the PSL history was the 5th position during the 2008/2009 season under coach Clinton Larsen.
- Celtic have not beaten Stars in the last two league meetings.
- In head-to-heads stats, Celtic and Stars have met 13 times since 2005 with both teams winning five games each, while only three games were drawn.
- Angelo Kerspuy and Danny Venter remain the only two players in the current Free State Stars squad to have don the green and white jersey of Celtic.
- Stars beat Celtic 1-0 in the reverse fixture.