Free State Stars v Bidvest WIts: Kick off, TV channel, live score, squad news & preview

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Gavin Hunt will lead his charges against Ea Lla Koto, who have proven to be one of their toughest opponents in the league in recent seasons

Bidvest Wits will be away to Free State Stars in one of the first matches of this year's Telkom Knockout Cup.

The Students go into the encounter as defending champions, but facing Ea Lla Koto away from home has its challenges.

Gavin Hunt knows that no team has managed to defend the Telkom Knockout Cup since Kaizer Chiefs won back-to-back titles in eight years ago. 

However, he will fancy his chances to go all the way this time around, although Luc Eymael will want to use this match to try and get their season back on track. 

The Bethlehem-based side hasn't had the best of start to the season as they have struggled to win matches this season.

Game Free State Stars v Bidvest Wits
Date Saturday, October 20
Time 15:30 SA Time

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch


In South Africa, the game will be shown live on SuperSport 4. You can also catch live updates on Goal.com

Live Match Centre TV Channel
Goal.com SS4 

Squads & Team News


Gavin Hunt, Bidvest Wits

Neither team has reported any injuries heading into the encounter at the Goble Park Stadium.

This means both Hunt and Eymael will field their strongest possible starting line-ups to try and get into the quarter-finals. 

Wits will pin their hopes on players such as Darren Keet, Simon Murray and Thulani Hlatshwayo. 

Hunt didn't have his several of his international players when preparing for this match. 

Hlatshwayo, Keet, Sifiso and Buhle Mkhwanazi to name but a few, were on national duty with South Africa in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign. 

Potential Wits XI: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Johannes, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Monare, Alexander, Murray, Motupa, Hotto, Dzvukamanja

Luc Eymael, Free State Stars

Ea Lla Koto have had a difficult season since losing the likes of Nhlanhla Vilakazi and Siphelele Mthembu among other players at the end of last term. 

While they replaced those who left, it looks like Eymael still hasn't found the right combinations to get the team gel again. 

With that said, experienced players such as Rooi Mahamutsa and Paulus will be expected to lead front on the day. 

Playing in the Free State province, Stars are certainly going to have their supporters behind them, and all eyes will be on them to replicate the same performance which saw them win the Nedbank Cup last season.

Potential FS Stars XI: Sangare, Mobbie, Tema, Mahamutsa, Phungwayo, Makhaula, Gandze, Jappie, Masehe, Dlamini, Moseamedi. 


Match Preview


William Twala, Free State Stars, Septeber 2018

This will be the 11th meeting between Free State Stars and Bidvest Wits in knockout competitions. 

While Stars have had the better of Wits in recent season, history shows that the Braamfontein-based side enjoy a better head-to-head record against their Bethlehem-based opponents in cup matches.

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Wits have won four of the last 10 knockout matches against Stars, while the men from Free State have won three. The other three matches ended in draws. 

In Cup matches played in the Free State Stars, Wits won three to Stars' two while the other match ended in a draw. 

The Clever Boys boast three TKO titles to their name, while Stars have won this competition just once in 1994. 

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