ABSA Premiership - Weekend Preview

Following their midweek heroics, Baroka have had almost no turn-around time and will have to be ready to go again when they travel to Kwa-Zulu Natal to face Golden Arrows on Saturday afternoon. Abafana Bes’thende have brought back 11 points from the last eight league encounters to steer themselves well clear of the drop-zone to safety. Their 1-1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs was a real indicator of the job that coach Clinton Larsen has done since taking the helm. Baroka have drawn half of their last 14 league games and another stalemate on Saturday could just keep them ahead of Highlands while no player has scored more than four goals for the men from Ga-Mphahlele. Richard Matloga and Maboke Matlakala are the currently the sides leading scorers with 4 goals apiece.Ajax Cape Town welcome the leagues’ lowest scorers, Bloemfontein Celtic to the Mother City for the final game of what is deemed as a ‘catch-up’ round of fixtures this weekend before the league heads into the penultimate week of the season. Virtually a dead-rubber, there is the small matter of a place in the top eight and a spot in next seasons’ lucrative MTN 8 competition to settle. A win for Ajax will move them within one point of Maritzburg United in 8th while anything but a win for Celtic will make it mathematically impossible for them to sneak into the top half.

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Published: 05/12/2017