Ajax Cape Town host Polokwane City in the Absa Premiership at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, February 11, in what promises to be a midfield battle between the two sides. The visitors could have a bit more information on their counterparts with City midfielder Cole Alexander, who is a former Urban Warrior, likely to help lead his team to the three points on offer. The Mother City outfit have claimed 18 points from nine home matches and currently sit in fifth position on the Absa Premiership table with 24 points from 18 matches. Meanwhile, Rise and Shine have enjoyed a rich vein of form since Kosta Papic took over the helm. They lost just one of their last nine league matches and have taken 13 points from eight away matches this season, which sees them placed sixth on the league table.
These two sides have met on three occasions in the league since 2013/14, with Roger De Sa’s side having claimed two wins to Polokwane’s only one. When the two teams clashed earlier this season, Ajax triumphed with a 2-1 away win thanks to goals from Thabiso Nkoana and Tashriq Morris.
Absa Premiership trailers, AmaZulu will be aiming to begin 2015 on a clean yet positive slate when they take on Orlando Pirates in a league outing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday, February 11. Usuthu are now under the tutelage of former University of Pretoria coach, Steve Barker, which has also seen the KZN outfit rope in new signings in the likes of Mbulelo “OJ” Mabizela, Bongi Ntuli, Asive Langwe, Roscoe Pietersen and goalkeeper, Energy Murambadoro. Usuthu have only claimed four points from seven home matches this season. In their away tie against the Buccaneers, goals from Bongani Ndulula and Thabo Matlaba saw the two teams play to a 1-1 draw. In head-to-head stats, Ezika Magebhula have claimed 22 wins compared to 10 for Usuthu, while 20 matches have been drawn.
Bloemfontein Celtic are looking to be the first team to derail the moving train when they welcome Absa Premiership league pace-setters, Kaizer Chiefs to the Free State Stadium on Wednesday, February 11. Phunya Sele Sele are 26 points adrift of the Amakhosi on the log standings, but will be out to pose a serious threat for the Naturena side. The Glamour Boys lead the standings with 46 points from 18 games, but the gap has now been cut after Mamelodi Sundowns thrashed Moroka Swallows 4-1 last night. The Amakhosi narrowly ran out 1-0 winners when the two teams met earlier in the 2014/15 season, thanks to a wonderstrike from Bafana Bafana midfielder, Mandla Masango. In head-to-head stats, Celtic and Chiefs have met in 54 league matches since 1985. Stuart Baxter’s charges have the upper hand from the previous clashes. They have 31 victories compared to 10 for Siwelele, while 13 matches have ended in draws.
Platinum Stars, who have been one of the most active teams during the January transfer window, will be looking to get off to a great start with an Absa Premiership league tie at home against Mpumalanga Black Aces on Wednesday night, February 11. Allan Freese’s men did not end off last year on a good note. They lost 3-1 against Free State Stars, whilst AmaZayoni lost 1-0 to Kaizer Chiefs.
Current holders of the Telkom Knockout trophy, SuperSport United square up against Free State Stars in a league tie at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday, February 11. Matsatsantsa a Pitori wrapped up 2014 with a convincing victory over Chippa United, and equally face an Ea Lla Koto side who bagged three points when they outclassed Dikwena with a 3-1 scoreline. Kinnah Phiri’s side are sitting at position 14 on the log standings with 18 points from 17 matches while Gordon Igesund’s men are placed at position 11 with 20 points from 16 games. The Tshwane side have brought in a lot of new faces and look set to give their opponents a run for their money with a home win in sight.
Barclays English Premiership run-away leaders, Chelsea, could increase their lead at the top of the table to 10 points on Wednesday evening, February 11, if they claim a win over Everton and, other results go in their direction. Jose Mourinho will welcome back the duo of playmaker Cesc Fabregas from a hamstring problem and leading goalscorer, Diego Costa who completes a three-game ban. The Blues recorded a narrow 2-1 win at Aston Villa last weekend. They are unbeaten in their last 19 league home matches against Everton, claiming 10 wins with nine draws. The Toffees on the other hand also ended a run of five consecutive away defeats in the league with victory at Crystal Palace in their last game on the road, and followed that up with a credible 0-0 draw against rivals, Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby. In the last league clash between the two sides, Costa scored the first and last goal of the match as Chelsea thrashed Everton 6-3 in a thrilling encounter at Goodison Park.
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AJAX CAPE TOWN V POLOKWANE CITY
League position: Ajax 5th and City 6th
Useful facts: Ajax ended the first half of the campaign in rather disappointing fashion. The Urban Warriors will no doubt want to start 2015 on the right note at home. Polokwane have risen up to a creditable sixth position and are well clear of any relegation troubles. This will likely be a cagey affair in Cape Town.
Musa Bilankulu: Eish, tough one. Draw.
AMAZULU V ORLANDO PIRATES
League position: AmaZulu 16th and Pirates 4th
Useful facts: AmaZulu have to start winning games of football quickly as they are cut adrift at the bottom of the PSL table. That said, beating a strong Pirates outfit is going to be a really tough challenge. Bucs seem to be a camp bubbling with optimism following a bleak 2014. Expect Pirates to be favourites in this encounter.
Musa Bilankulu: Pirates will win.
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC V KAIZER CHIEFS
League position: Celtic 10th and Chiefs 1st
Useful facts: Celtic are always a tough nut to crack at home in front of their passionate supporters. Siwelele might sense an opportunity to put Chiefs under pressure from the very first whistle. Expect this game to be a lively affair as the PSL resumes in earnest.
Musa Bilankulu: Celtic win at home.
PLATINUM STARS V BLACK ACES
League position: Stars 15th and Aces 9th
Useful facts: Stars have made a raft of new signings, which include Tlou Segolela and Bryce Moon. Dinaledi seemingly needed to strengthen following a dismal run of results that saw the club drop into the bottom two. Meanwhile, Aces will want a positive start to the second half of the season, as Clive Barker’s men managed just one win in the last five matches they played.
Musa Bilankulu: Stars win. They need it.
SUPERSPORT UNITED V FREE STATE STARS
League position: United 11th and Stars 14th
Useful facts: Gordon Igesund’s rejuvenated SuperSport outfit are still perilously close to the relegation zone and he will undoubtedly want to start moving the team up the table quickly. A home game against an unpredictable Stars side might be just the opportunity to pick up all three points. This could be a physical affair in Pretoria.
Musa Bilankulu: SuperSport victory.
CHELSEA V EVERTON
League position: Chelsea 1st and Everton 12th
Useful facts: Chelsea are looking more like champions every day as Manchester City continue to drop points. Yaya Toure’s absence due to the AFCON seems to have really affected City. Jose Mourinho’s men will be looking to pick up all three points against a struggling Everton, with Roberto Martinez’s men going through a tough spell of late.
Musa Bilankulu: Chelsea win at home.