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FS Stars v City In Numbers

Absa premiership: Free State Stars vs Polokwane City

Date & Time: 12 November 2013, 15:30

Venue: Goble Park Stadium

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Steve Komphela's side have not been doing very well lately, losing all three games in a row to Ajax Cape Town, Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns, but the Free State-based outfit will aim to bag this one.

PSL rookies, Polokwane City, have been lifted by the arrival of Boebie Solomons as head coach, and have so far gone to claim five points in three league games. However, Stars will pin their hopes on top scorer, Adam Abdul-Basit to be on his best and secure the three points for Ea Lla Koto.

FREE STATE STARS

Averages per game for the season:

Shots on goal: 13.1

Entries into final third: 66.4

Successful passes: 199.2

Possession: 45.4

Successful tackles: 30

Last three results:

Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 Free State Stars (Abraw 51`)

Free State Stars 0-2 Bidvest Wits

Ajax Cape Town 1-0 Free State Stars

Key Performers:

Defender: Themba Shabalala, 5 tackles per game

Midfielder: Paulus Masehe, 42.5 passes per game

Forward/Striker: Abdul Basit Adam, 4 shots per game

Top Goal Scorer:

Abdul Basit Adam (5)

Top Assists:

Danny Venter (3)

POLOKWANE CITY

Averages per game for the season:

Shots on goal: 10.71

Entries into final third: 64.14

Successful passes: 193.71

Possession: 43.4%

Successful tackles: 25.71

Last three results:

Polokwane City 1-1 Amazulu (Nzimande 64`)

Polokwane City 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns (Langerman OG 41’)

idvest Wits 0-0 Polokwane City

Key Performers:

Defender: Tlou Molekwane, 2.82 tackles per game

Midfielder: Thabo Rakhale, 33.5 passes per game

Striker: Sphesihle Nzimande, 2.71 shots per game

Top Goal Scorer:

Sphesihle Nzimande (3)

Top Assists:

Siphesihle Nzimande and Esau Kanyenda (both 2)

Key Stats

Although City have the upper hand when it comes to successful passes (193. 71), Stars are better in terms of possession (45.4) and shots at goal (13.1). This will be Boebie Solomons' first visit to the Free State since taking the rein at Rise and Shine, and will hope to claim all three points following their draw against AmaZulu on Wednesday.

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