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Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic

Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic: Kick off, TV channel, live score, squad news & preview

2:52 AM EST 3/2/19
Vusi Shikweni, Bloemfontein Celtic & Jeremy Brcokie, Mamelodi Sundowns, May 2018
Masandawana will look to maintain their place at the top with victory over Phunya Sele Sele in Tshwane

Mamelodi Sundowns will look to further extend their stay at the summit of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log when they face off against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday afternoon.

The Tshwane giants will be full of confidence following their 3-2 win over Cape Town City in a game which saw Sundowns move a point clear of Bidvest Wits.

The last time these two sides locked horns in the league, the game ended in a goalless draw but Sundowns would eventually get the better of Phunya Sele Sele in the Telkom Knockout Cup.

However, it won’t be a walk in the park for Sundowns.

While Celtic’s unbeaten run came to an abrupt end in the Free State Derby against Free State Stars, prior to the defeat, they were on a four-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

This was a massive achievement for a club, who have had to deal with grave instability due to their off-field issues.

Game  

Mamelodi Sundowns vs. Bloemfontein Celtic
Date Saturday, March 02
Time 15:30 

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch


The match will be televised on SuperSport 4 and SABC 1 . You can also catch live updates on Goal.com

Live Match Centre TV Channel
Goal.com SS4 & SABC 1

 


Squads & Team News


Meanwhile, after a rather draining week of competitive action where Sundowns came up against both Wits and City, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane might decide to rest one or two of his senior players in order to keep them fresh for another battle against City in midweek.

But some players who are almost certain to feature are the likes of Gaston Sirino and Lebohang Maboe. The duo have largely been instrumental in Sundowns remaining competitive this season.

Maboe is the club’s top scorer with six goals while Sirino is the club’s top playmaker with four assists this season so far.

One dilemma that Mosimane could face is whether or not to play Phakamani Mahlamabi from the start.

The 21-year-old has netted two goals in two games, with his last appearance coming off the bench against City seeing him find the back of the net.

This could tempt Mosimane to bring Mahlambi into his starting XI especially if he recognises a pace discrepancy in Celtic’s backline which has conceded 24 goals so far.

At the back though, Kennedy Mweene is expected to remain in goal with Denis Onyango hamstrung, and Wayne Arendse will continue to watch from the sidelines following his recent red card in the game against Wits which saw him sit out the clash against Benni McCarthy’s men.

On the side of Celtic, not many changes are to be expected despite being recently edged out by Free State Stars. The club’s top scorer Tshegofatso Mabaso who has eight goals this season is expected to play a major role in a game where Celtic are expected to see very little of the ball, not to mention chances as well.

Mabaso will rely on the service of experienced campaigners such as Ndumiso Mabena, who has found a home for himself at Celtic and is showing just why he spent time at Orlando Pirates.

In spite of Celtic’s early success this season, they have gone off the boil ever so slightly, and rather than challenging for the title find themselves resigned to battling it out for a place in the top eight, and victory will be key to those ambitions.


Match Preview


Sundowns should be wary though of Celtic’s attacking threat especially in the final 15 minutes where they have proven themselves to be relatively late bloomers.

They have scored 36% of their 25 league goals this season in that period making them a constant danger.

Saturday’s showdown will be the 35th meeting between the two sides in all competitions.

Sundowns though boasts an impressive winning record having won 20, while Celtic have been resigned to just six wins.

Celtic’s last victory against Sundowns came in 2016 but the club has grown since then and has shown potential to mix it with some of South Africa’s biggest clubs making it an intriguing affair.